How to Upcycle Junk Mail – Junk Journal Coloring Book

This tutorial is all about how to reuse the envelopes from your post, junk mail or otherwise and turn them into a junk journal style colouring book for kids, personalised with their favourite characters!


– Envelopes – Cardboard wrapper – Embroidery thread – Sewing Needle – Scissors – Mod Podge  – Magazine

Step 1:Cut your Cover to Size

I used the cardboard wrapper from a large dark chocolate bar as the cover of my coloring book.

Step 2: Cut your Envelopes to Size

I cut the raggedy tops off my envelopes, then cut the remaining part to fit my cover.   I also opened the seam at the sides but not at the bottom of the envelope.

Step 3: Bind your Junk Journal Colouring Book

Open up all of the envelope pieces and your cover as if you were looking at the middle page of the book.

Step 4: Decorate Your Cover

I used mod podge to create a little Thomas collage on the front and back cover.  

I put a bit of cardboard in between the cover and the rest of the junk journal pages while it was drying, just to make sure they didn’t stick together.