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I’m back with another post in the 60 Day #junkplay Challenge. This time around we’re looking at fun things to do with junk mail.
I stared by cutting strips out of colorful junk mail and magazines — making them somewhat uniform in size but not too perfect — and then gluing the strips to a piece of construction paper. If the kids want to join in on this, theirs may not be as full-coverage as my junk mail collage, but that’s totally fine.
I came up with a lot of potential uses for these, but I really like the idea of using them as table decorations, either as a placemat (on another piece of construction paper and covered with contact paper), napkin rings (loop a piece of construction paper across the back) or standing on toothpicks or skewers among spring flowers or other tabletop decor.
They could be magnets, used on scrapbooking pages or cards, added to a spring garland or bunting, the list goes on.
Of course the other way to go is to cut shapes out of another piece of paper and have the strips show through. I took the scraps of my strip piece and made a bookmark, which is super simple to do.
Just cut a piece of construction paper to size, use a decorative punch to make some holes (I used a small heart and alternated the direction it was facing) and glue it to the page with the strips. Cover with contact paper if desired for more durability.
In the meantime you can find all sorts of #junkplay inspiration over at Best Toys 4 Toddlers, where there’s a roundup of ideas for each material being used in the challenge. And this is only day 25, so keep checking back for more great ideas!