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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thrift: Cereal Box Postcards

 I know many mail artists repurpose cardboard packaging in their mail art, so this is not a monumental revelation. For some reason, I am not often inspired to immediately reuse food packaging; perhaps it's too new for my vintage tastes? But this past week, two cereal boxes in particular caught my eye as having great mail art potential.

Snoopy ponders mailart, making life better with a stamp.
(Sent off in a packet to Angie & Snooky)
The back of the Life box had a scavenger hunt of sorts and after reading #9 "Where non-email goes," I knew had to make it mail art. The "zap" and "blam" came from a party invitation, and thank you to Alice for the "stampe" and "this is urgent" etiquettes. She is first-class.

I've cut the word "Cheer" from Cheerios boxes before; Cheerios even encouraged me to do it! As an added bonus, Honey Nut Cheerios boxes also say "Naturally Flavored." Yes, tasty mail art. Sometimes it helps to have a specific recipient in mind.

 Naturally Flavored Mail Art Cheer. Yum.
(Sent off in a packet to Eat Art/Mike Dyar)

 Apparently, Honey Nut Cheerios is currently America's favorite cereal, but that was easily edited. I can't resist any comics with a mailbox, and Snoopy appears to be patiently awaiting his daily delivery of mail art.

The public has spoken. We love mail art.


  1. Me likely, call me Mikey. I saved a ice cream bar box to do something with.

  2. Replies
    1. Many thanks! The original bright yellow box makes such Cheer-ful mail.

  3. I like to make postcards with cereals boxes, like these:

    Or tea boxes:

    1. Thank you for visiting and sharing your recycled creations! I love the tea lady; I've never seen that packaging in the US.