Junk mail typography collage art

Junk mail craft - DIY canvas artMy favorite retailer sends me many catalogs and sale mailers. I must say, I always get excited when a Crate and Barrel catalog arrives. I get a lot of inspiration from looking through them and the quality of the paper is great for decoupaging, especially the CB2 catalog!

I made this AWESOME re-arranged typography wall art with two junk mail postcard sale mailers. This is what you need to make this junk mail wall art plaque. This tutorial will showcase each step I took to complete this art piece.

SupplyListGather These Supplies

  • Substrate of your choice: cradle board, canvas board, illustration board, plywood or wood ( I used a 5″ x 5″ x 3/4 piece of plywood that I primed and then painted it with FolkArt Wicker White paint
  • Cardstock
  • Cutting tools
  • Ruler
  • Mod Podge tools: Brayer and Squeegee
  • 1″ square shape paper punch
  • 2 Crate and Barrel postcard mailers (for some reason I got 2 in the mail)
  • Any Mod Podge, I used Mod Podge Paper and Mod Podge Gloss

Step1Step One: Cut 25 pieces (1″ squares) of the red and white section only.

Step2Step Two: *TIP: I taped a piece of cardstock to my cutting mat. This type of mat has measurements printed on it, so it is easy to make accurate lines (see photo). I made two straight lines: one vertical and one horizontal; this made my layout easy to place . . . I knew I needed 5 rows of 1″ squares across since I was working with a 5″ x 5″ block. I used Mod Podge Paper to mount the squares in place . . . then let dry for 15 minutes. Then, I cut the mounted pieces at 5″ x 5″.

Step3Step Three: Decoupage the FRONT with the re-arranged 1″ square blocks. *TIP: I used a brayer that had some dried Mod Podge from previous projects, because when I run it over the paper it will give it a aged, rustic look and scuff it up. If you don’t want that look, use a clean brayer. Next, I decoupaged the back with a random piece of printed cardstock.

Step4Step Four: I decoupaged the sides with 3/4″ white cardstock.

Step5Step Five: Attach hanging hardware to the back. TIP: I find for something small like this a triangle hanger is easiest! All, you do is find the center, mark it with an AWL, then insert a screw. . . Then I attached two bumpers to the bottom.

Mod Podge canvas out of junk mail and Mod PodgeYour project is ready to hang. Wouldn’t it be fun to try this on a huge scale? Don’t forget to visit the other Man Podger projects!

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  1. TanyaMac says

    fantastic remake! i have sever square punch envy though – mine has sadly given up the ghost (1 million squares later, its a great tool to have) 😉

  2. Joy says

    That’s so cool! Is it sad that I knew that was Crate & Barrel right away? I’m too familiar with that store! LOL! Great project!

  3. Michelle L. says

    Gotta say, that looks so chic! Can’t believe what it’s made of. Really great tutorial! (Love the dirty brayer tip!)

  4. billiejo says

    Love this and I think it should be in the next book. Now my mind is whirling with ideas, including how to use the inside of some of the envelopes! I received my copy of Mod Podge Rocks yesterday and it is delightful! I can’t wait to play.