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Recycled Storybook Stationary

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For this project, I used

  • an oversized book
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • gluestick
  • an envelope as a template

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Start by choosing a book.   It could be one your kids have outgrown, or have treated a little too roughly.  In my case, I found this one at a thrift store.  It had obviously seen some better days (had some rips and a missing page), but the illustrations were too good to pass up.  I decided making some stationary out of the book pages would be a good way to give this well-loved book a second life.

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Take apart an existing envelope.  This will be your stencil.

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Trace the stencil onto pages of the book.  Cut out the envelopes and fold them (again, using your existing envelope as a guide if needed).  Use a gluestick to secure the bottom flaps of your envelope.

Recycled Storybook Stationary stationary 5 copy 768x1024  That’s it!  When you fill the envelopes, send some mail to your favorite kids!  Hopefully, they’ll be excited as I would be to get one of these cute envelopes in the mail! 

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I seriously can’t wait to get some of these on their way to their recipients!  Who knows – maybe they’ll inspire a new generation of correspondence!


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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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