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Upcycled Junk Mail!

picture frame

We have a massive problem in our house, in the form of unwanted non-recyclables. We do not subscribe to any waste and neither do we want any, we have the sign in our porch asking for no unsolicited mail!

This represents a few leaflets and a really unwanted magazine from a subscription the previous owner made, which I can’t cancel in her name!! We shredded them whilst dinner was cooking.

shredded magazines Don’t be tempted to keep them the same thickness at all, just use a pair of scissors and if working with the kids on this one, monitor this bit. But you can see the number of sales items etc that this catalog was advertising, so really a temporary piece of waste material which will last a lifetime.

The colours are great though. So the next step is to fold them length ways, so that you have two cut sides facing and the entire length is then doubled.

Then you roll. I only pop a small piece of PVA glue on the ends. You will use such a small amount this way, and it keeps the coils soft. you will get covered in glue Fingers covered in glue is a reality now! But as it is PVA glue is will come off without marking things too much. Hopefully you can see the folded bits give a bigger block of colour.

Now what you need to do is design your picture frame. There was a point that I would have happily stopped and just left a few in each corner, it was more a motivation issue as this is not the work of one evening! recycled magazines You need a small blob of glue and then just work with it flat so that it dries without being held in place.

Our photo frame was a gift from a family member who even said she thought I could ‘do something’ with it. So this year she is getting it back, but with photos of her gorgeous family inside. I am biased as they are my niece and nephews!

It is a zero waste craft, but only if you have a photo frame that needs some work does it become no spend. We love the idea that by being more aware of the waste we bring into our home we can reduce the waste that leaves. But sometimes it is nearly impossible to avoid as others seem to inflict it on us!

I hope that I can inspire you a little bit with the ease of these crafts. You don’t need specialist equipment or lots of costly tools. Give it a go and share what you have created with us all!

picture frame

Many thanks

Alex || https://www.TheMiniSmallholder.com

By Alex The Mini Small Holder

I am starting on my journey to zero waste and love to be creative with how I use our waste.

I am also now known at work as the person to bring all of your waste in for! Be it broken crockery, beer bottle tops or scraps of fabric, I will love the challenge of creating something of beauty from it.

We are looking to move to our own smallholding in the near future and are starting with our own back yard. We eat our own food and grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables.

Moving towards zero waste is not without its difficulties, so if you would like to share in our struggles and success come on over to theminismallholder.com

ACT NOW! "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it"Robert Swann


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