Upcycle Project | Do it yourself recycling Homemade stationary
We love our trailblazing adventures and like most we need a map to help make the most of our trip. From mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and even just visiting a new town we usually grab a map. But what to do with the map once you leave that new fun place? Saving them is nice but they can get out of date and take up space. So I decided they needed a new purpose, a homemade stationary! Great for if you want to send letters home from where you are, to show people where you were, or to just give some flare.
To get started all you will need is an old envelope the size you want to make yours, scissors, a pen, and a glue stick. Take the recycled envelope you want to use and gently pull it apart at the seams, they are usually just glued, be gentle. Simply lay out the map you want to use on the floor and look around for the best section you want to include as part of your envelope (Creative Bonus: you can pick spots that you were and when you are done make “I was here” notes) and lay down the old envelope template on top of the map and push it down flat against the map while you trace the outline onto the map. Make sure to do dark lines; I suggest a fine tip marker because it can be hard to see on the map later. Lift the template and just snip away, try to cut just a little inside the lines so they do not show on the final envelope. Using the old envelope as a guide check out where the three folds were glued together to make the pocket. Using your magic wand (AKA glue stick) place the glue where it will over lap, make sure not to use too much, and press down. There you have it! Your very own homemade envelope, you know the mailman will be jealous.
BONUS CRAFT: Letter Insert
If you want to take it a step further you can make the letter insert for inside your envelope. I used an old paper bag, but any blank scrap paper or piece of packaging will do. Just trace out the closed envelope size and cut it to be a little smaller to fit inside. Now you are really getting green!
Supplies: -Old Map -Scissors -Glue Stick -Pen
Gear Level: 3 Time: 20 minutes