Friday, November 19, 2010

Cheep. Cheep.

Hi, everybody!  This is kind of a quickie, silly post.  But in case there are other cheapskates out there who haven't thought of this one, here's a little trick for the holiday gifting season.


What's the deal with padded mailing envelopes?  Why do even little ones cost so much?  I am waaay too cheap to spend fifty cents a pop.  But I always need small ones for jewelry gifting.  If they could be cute, that would be a nice bonus.


So I made these, for twelve cents each.





Found a package of wall stickers at the dollar store, so nice and big and useful for covering up stuff that might need covering.




This size was eight stickers for a buck - hence the twelve cents.  (Extreme Supercheapskate Tip: you could skip the stickers, use plain paper with homemade art instead, and your mailers will be Pretty Much Free!)


So here's the big idea.  Used padded mailers.  Recently I received this  lovely free gift from some company I've never heard of.  (Tee hee.)





Setting aside that beee-yoo-tiful and classy mug holder (another craft for another day), I snipped the large padded envelope into 4 pieces.





Then I slapped on those stickers, and sealed all the cut edges with packing tape.



Label on the other side...






There you go.  Four cute mailers from one free junk mail envelope.  It makes me happy.




Okay, must run to the post office.  Later, crocogators!

P.S.  In case you're new to this blog, I guess I should mention that those are earrings made from aquarium plants.  Here is where strange objects are transformed into fun jewelry.  Hope you stay to check out some of the baubles!

19 comments:

  1. ... you WHAT? So, you're basically saying that all my efforts of covering a ripped -off label with a really fat sharpie are obsolete. Well, thanks. Thanks a lot. Hrrrrrmpffffh.

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  2. You are so awesome...those are actually really kind of cool stickers.

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  3. Oh, they are sweet! I want the dragonflies! :)

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  4. I love recycling...and you made them pretty too, nice job!

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  5. Great idea - I totally agree abut not wanting to pay so much for those! Stopping by from the TT&J link party.

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  6. Now that is a great way to save some cash. Plus the recipient must be thrilled to pull that envelope out of the mailbox. So cute! Love for you to link this up over at Wiccan Make Some Too's Wickedly Crafty Saturdays!
    http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/2010/11/wickedly-crafty-saturdays.html

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  7. Now...aren't you just one smart chickie..LOL!! I love this idea...thank you for sharing.

    So happy we were at the same fun party at Beth's.
    (Wiccan Make Some Too-Wickedly Crafty Saturday Party)

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  8. So creative of you! Those mailers are pricey! Would love for you to come link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty this week! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/

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  9. Oh wow! You came by my blog & linked up to the party. So awesome. Thanks. I do so love this idea.

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  10. Great idea! And so pretty/simple!

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  11. great, creative and thrifty recycling, love it :)

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  12. Now that is a thrifily awesome idea!

    Kelly

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  13. So there's handmade stuff inside the handmade stuff? Cool!

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  14. Awesome Idea as usual!!! I love blogging because of the wonderful people and all of their Fantastic Ideas!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  15. brilliant, who wouldn't love to get something in one of these? thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! all the best, hope you had a great turkey day....

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  16. I usually keep these, because I just can't bear to throw them away, but I never thought of covering them up! Great idea.

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  17. Terrific recycling idea ... and you have a free mailing envelope, too!

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