Saturday, May 18, 2013

Recycled envelope notepad

Have you ever searched for something to write a telephone number or other note and grabbed the first thing available?  And isn’t the paper you reach for sometimes a scrap envelope?  Well, why not recycle those envelopes from greeting cards, bills, etc. into attractive notepads?  It is easy and quick and is a great kid’s craft and costs practically nothing.

You will need:

Several envelopes from greeting cards, etc.

Tacky craft glue or white school glue

Small amount of scrapbook paper in a print and solid color

Scrap of mat board or other lightweight cardboard

Binder clip (or even a couple of clothespin to hold the pages together)


Scissors (Or a paper cutter makes the job super easy--when working with kids supervise)

Paper plate

Small paintbrush, water to rinse out brush

1.     Open all the envelopes that you are using and cut off the sides and flap.  Use the centers for your notepad. (body of the envelope) Measure and cut 3” x 4” pieces. (Pages of notepad)

2.     Cut a piece of decorative print scrapbook paper and a piece of cardboard 3” x 4”, the same size as the pages.  (Front and back cover)

3.     When you have enough paper pieces, stack them together, along with the front and back cover and attach a binder clip to the bottom to hold the pad together.

4.     Add some tacky or white glue onto a paper plate and using the small paintbrush liberally brush glue on the top edges.   Let dry.

5.     Measure another piece of solid color scrapbook paper, 3” x 1 ½”.  (Top binding)

6.     Fold the scrapbook binding paper onto the top to cover where you glued the pages together and attach with some more glue.  Let dry completely.

Note:  If you don't have any envelopes to recycle, you can use all purpose printer paper for the pages!


  1. I love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Very resourceful idea. I get tons of junk mail envelopes that could be re-purposed into this.

  3. I really love this idea! Thanks Crystal ;o)

  4. This is such a great idea. I have so many envelopes. You are a Dare to Share Feature of the Day.

  5. I love this, your instructions are so easy to follow and clear, I used to make cards so have lots of materials kicking around I need to use! If you would like to visit me back I'm at, blessings, Alison xx

  6. Great idea! Thanks for sharing & linking up @ Theresa PS I have some giveaways going on if you'd like to enter feel free!

  7. Good idea..........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  8. what a fun idea! Great tutorial. Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays :o) Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted an amazing round-up from last weeks party… stop on over and check it out!
    PS I would love to see my button with all the others on your site :o)

  9. Such a great idea! I'm going to try and make some too!!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer last week! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  10. A fun project that is easy to follow and everyone, I would guess, would have these basics on hand or easily available. Thanks for sharing your idea by linking it up to BeColorful this week.

  11. I love this craft. Do you mind if I link to this page from my blog? Feel free to message me. :)


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