12 DIY Christmas Ornaments Made from Junk Mail

Is your mailbox stuffed with junk mail now that the holidays are here? Turn all of that paper into DIY cute Christmas ornaments!

We’ve barely made it to Thanksgiving, and junk mail marketers are amping things up already. Despite your best efforts to stop the flow of junk mail, chances are your mailbox is stuffed with catalogs you never asked for, coupons you’ll never use, and ads for things that you aren’t going to buy. Why not put all of that wasted paper to good use, right?

Related: 12 Fall Crafts from Your Recycled Bin

The junk mail Christmas ornaments below cover a range of skill levels, so check them all out and pick a few that look good to you! If making ornaments isn’t your thing, check out these 23 ways to reuse junk mail instead.

12 Junk Mail Christmas Ornaments

12 Christmas Ornaments Made from Junk Mail

1. Junk Mail Paper Crane – Flying paper cranes are my go-to Christmas ornament. My tutorial uses a junk mail envelope, but fliers, catalog pages, or any other thing paper would work well too. They key is my tricky technique for easily cutting your junk mail into the perfect square you need for most origami folding.

2. Quilled Trees and Stars – Paper quilling is a fancy term for rolling paper into coils that you secure with glue. This fast and loose tutorial from Saved by Love Creations uses quilled paper to make pretty trees and stars for your Christmas tree.

3. 3D Globe – This tutorial uses a classic paper crafting technique to turn junk mail into pretty ball ornaments for your tree. Carla at Party Planning Center even offers three variations, so you can cover your tree in an array of junk mail ornaments.

4. Snowflakes – That flimsy catalog and bulk mailer paper is perfect for creating delicate snowflake ornaments. Michelle Made Me shows you how to cut beautiful, symmetrical snowflakes.

5. Miniature Wreaths – Really any scrap paper would work well for this, but I love the look of the catalog pages in this collection of origami ornaments from Bloesem Living.

12 Christmas Ornaments Made from Junk Mail

6. Kusudama – This Japanese paper-folding technique yields beautiful, 3D ornaments. It’s perfect for using up lots of junk mail.

7. Junk Mail Acorns – Kim at Too Much Time on My Hands used shredded junk mail and a little bit of jute twine to make these unusual and very cute acorns.

8. Another Quilled Tree – This is a more 3D versions of the quilled junk mail Christmas tree. Catalog pages would work perfectly in this tute from Punk Projects.

9. Hanging Hearts – The Magic Onions made these pretty hearts from magazine pages, but catalog pages or bulk mailers would work just as well.

10. Christmas Tree – OK, so this isn’t technically an ornament, but I couldn’t leave out this junk mail Christmas tree from Instructables user Marianna Bland.

11. A Pretty Flower – These junk mail flowers by Grow Creative are really multi-purpose, and they’d look beautiful hanging from a tree.

12. Hexagon Snowflake – Use the printable Hex Grid from Michele Made Me as a template for this pretty geometric ornament. Bonus points if you print the grid onto the back of a piece of junk mail paper!

70 comments

MJ J.
Past Member 4 years ago

it's a joy to repurpose

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Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you

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Anne F.
Anne F4 years ago

Great - think I'll print instructions for a couple of these and put them out with catalog pages to keep the tweens busy while parents visit.

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Sara G.
Sara G4 years ago

Whenever I try doing something like this it never turns out looking anything like the picture. I wonder if that has anything to do with the help I usually get from my cat?

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Bob P.
Bob P4 years ago

Thank you

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S4 years ago

thank you

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Nimue Pendragon

Very innovative :)

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Nimue Pendragon

Very innovative :)

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Nimue Pendragon

Very innovative :)

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