#Papercraft using recycled packaging. #snailmail #happymail

02 Nov
#Papercraft using recycled packaging. #snailmail #happymail

Making things from paper can be fun easy and you end up with a lovely final product from what started out as lots of bits.

Today I will show you how I made a happymail parcel for a friend using an old phone charger box!

I kept this box for a little while knowing I would be able to make something useful and pretty with it. I decided to turn it into a happymail parcel to send a few coffee samples to a friend.

This is what it started out looking like! Boring plain packaging.

To start off, I got pretty papers, scissors and glue. Simply choose some nice paper and glue it around the main body of the box.

A pretty easy start right! It stays just this easy too.

Next, I chose some washi tape to stick around the edges and a bit on the front to give some extra hold and design. As a crafter I have a box of washi tape and plenty to choose from.

You can find washi tape at most stationary shops and at most bargain/ pound / dollar shops.

I wanted to send some coffee samples. So I added the samples into the box to make it a bit more sturdy.

You can see the coffee coloured washi I chose and also the coffee inside the box. However there is a marking on the box telling us about the charger! Now I obviously didn’t want that to be on show. So I chose some embellishments and stickers to cover the markings and make the box look attractive and not at all like a charger box.



As I was enclosing caramelized honey coffee samples, I chose a coffee cup design and a bee to match the inside and outside of the gift.

I wanted to add a little tag to say who it is for and from. This is easily tied at the top of the box where there was already a hole.

You could then leave the box as it is with the coffee samples showing through the box. Or as I did, enclose a letter written on nice paper then fold the paper so the pretty side shows out through the clear part of the box.

And that’s it finished. A quick, easy and cheap way to make a lovely box to put a gift in.

Have you made crafty uses out of any recycled goods?


Posted by on November 2, 2019 in crafts and paperlove, Uncategorized


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12 responses to “#Papercraft using recycled packaging. #snailmail #happymail

  1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    November 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    What a great idea!

    • chocolatepages

      November 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you. I knew the box would be good for something, I was just waiting for the inspiration.

  2. irena_bookdustmagic

    November 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I think this is great idea, especially when we try not to waste things and use everything we can as long as we can. There’s big community that call themselves zero-waste community. I think they would really appreciate this kind of post.
    You are so creative. I don’t think I would even think about reusing an old charger box.
    I love washi tapes. You have pretty collection.

    • chocolatepages

      November 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      When I swap creative packages / cards with friends, I usually re use what they send me. Maybe my friend will re use this too.
      That’s a good idea about the zero waste group ( an extra # to add. Thanks 👍).
      There are so many nice washi tapes out there, my collection just grew. 💛💌

  3. florence

    November 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Hopefully we are all reusing and not wasting and your ideas are brilliant. I try to reuse most packaging – birthday, Christmas etc – in return gifts. I am really impressed with your craft ideas. I have not heard of washi tapes but I will look for them now. Well done and keep sending your ideas. Especially Christmas ideas .. with love Florence.

    • chocolatepages

      November 4, 2019 at 6:57 pm

      Washi tapes are great. You can use them instead of or with cellotape. Or you can use them to decorate envelopes. They come in loads of different designs too.

  4. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    November 11, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Your personalized mail is the best. I love how you pay attention to every detail. You can feel the love you put into your work in those pictures and in the way you carefully choose what to use. This is a brilliant post, Amanda 🙂 xxx

    • chocolatepages

      November 11, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you Meggy. I wasn’t sure if it would be of interest to anyone else. But I enjoy crafting so why not add it to my blog. I’m glad you like it. 👍💜

      • Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

        November 13, 2019 at 3:59 pm

        You always know how to create interesting posts! Your passion shines through 🙂 xx

  5. Emily

    February 16, 2020 at 4:28 am

    I would never have thought to use and upcycle the packaging from a cell phone/case. Seriously, nice work.

    • chocolatepages

      February 16, 2020 at 11:45 am

      Thank you. I was very happy with the way it turned out. 😊


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