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Mail Drop: Recycled Potato Box

This idea was inspired from an article I read which mentioned the bad habit of dropping mail into the kitchen area. I’m guilty of this habit, especially as I tend to sort and file mail away during pay periods only. To help reduce kitchen clutter I decided to recycle items I currently owned and create a hanging mail drop. For this project you will need:

  • One cereal or instant potato box
  • Plastic dish
  • Scissors and box cutter
  • Water
  • White glue (elmers or other brand)
  • Scraps of paper
  • Place to dry for 24 hours
Using a box cutter, cut a design with a solid back which will be used to nail the design to the wall. I chose a triangle as a back, however a circle or square shape could be used. Use the scissors to clear up and even out the shapes. You may also reinforce portions of the box where nail holes will go, using spare portions of the box and glue. Next, mix glue with water and rip up pieces of scrap paper. Let the paper soak in the glue mixture making sure each piece is “soaked” in the solution. Place the paper in a randomized collage pattern on the box and allow the box to dry. I would suggest a flat area for drying as the box may warp during the collage. If pieces of paper fall off during the dry, simply re-glue them back on using glue.