Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Junk Mail Flower Art Tutorial

Junk Mail Flowers and Painted Leaves Art: Green Craft

Ready for another art project? This one is earth-friendly because it uses junk mail (we all have that around) and leaves (easy to find).  

I've had this junk mail project on my mind ever since I made my Junk Mail Flowers and Painted Fall Leaves last fall.  Once you have those two items made, the rest is easy and quick!

Painted Leaves (I made these with yellow fall leaves, but you can use green ones too)
Heavy Weight Paper 
Tacky Glue
Picture Frame

Step 1:  Cut your paper to fit the size of your picture frame.

Step 2:  Gather the Junk Mail Flowers and Painted Leaves that you want to use for your artwork and arrange them as desired on your paper.  It works nicely to arrange the leaves as if they were the leaves on the same stem as the flowers.  But you can get creative and try all kinds of arrangements here!

Junk Mail Flowers and Painted Leaves Art
Junk Mail Flowers and Painted Leaves Art

Step 3:  With a pencil or pen, mark the spot where the center of your flowers hit the paper and then punch a small hole in that spot with a needle.

Step 4:  Open the brads at the back of the Junk Mail Flower and stick them through the hole you created. Press the arms of the brads down on the backside of the paper to secure the flowers. You don't even need glue for that part- awesome!

Junk Mail Flowers and Painted Leaves Art

Step 5:  The leaves do need some glue.  So apply tacky glue to the back of your leaves and press them onto the paper. Let dry.

Junk Mail Flowers and Painted Leaves Art

Step 6:  Sign your artwork and frame it!  A thrifted frame painted white and sanded back looks lovely with these :)

Junk Mail Flowers and Painted Leaves Art
Making Art with Junk Mail and Leaves: Green Craft
Making Art with Junk Mail and Leaves: Green Craft
Making Art with Junk Mail and Leaves: Green Craft

Do you have an other crafty uses for your junk mail?  I'd love to hear about them! 


  1. Oh wow! This is so pretty, Elise! I love how you can make something so pretty with junk mail! I would love it if you came by and linked up with us The Makers link party over at persialou.com. :)

  2. Such a beautiful and creative project, Elise! I love it!!! Thanks for sharing this!
    Hope you have a wonderful day and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  3. I love this project, definitely a must try. Thanks!!!


  4. hi visiting from whatevery wednesday will be definitely making your flowers just recently got into art journaling and all things paper craft so this craft is a perfect fit for me thanks for sharing have a great day

    1. Thanks and good luck with the journaling.... that's one form of art I have yet to try. one day!

  5. How cute and fun to make! I love them and will def. have to give it a try this summer!

  6. OMG, finally something to do with all of my junk mail!! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. love it--such a great way to recycle! and the frame is perfect, too :)

  8. Love, love this idea! What a beautiful project.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity on The Inspiration Board at homework. I so appreciate it!
    You were featured in the spotlight!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

  10. The addition of the painted leaves really took this DIY to the top! What a great way to reuse all my junk mail and magazines. Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. So creative and beautiful! We would love for you to come and link up with us at Your Designs This Time! http://elizabethjoandesigns.com/2014/06/designs-time-no-14/

  12. This is so clever! I love how you re-cycled the junk mail and turned it into flowers! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!

  13. Very fun!! I always knew there was a perfect way to use all the junk mail that comes to my house...and this is it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Oh my goodness!! I just love it!!!!!

  15. These are great. I love upcycled things, especially when they look this pretty.



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