I originally posted this on my crafty blog Faithfule Creations, but I didn’t include the frugality of making your own padded mailers in that post. I just simply shared the video on how to do it. We’re going to talk about the cost savings here though.
At the dollar store, I can get a 2 pack of padded envelopes in assorted sizes. Something like this:
That’s not a bad price right?!?!? Almost all the cards I make are dimensional (and need some protection when mailing) PLUS most of the people I make cards for aren’t local to me. These costs can really add up, even at $1 a pack. After watching a friend’s video where she made her own paper sacks using craft wrapping paper, I decided to try my hands at making my own padded envelopes. I used a sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock, some adhesive, bubble wrap, and a stamp and ink to give me address lines. Here’s my end result:
You can visit my crafty blog (or just click on the link to my YouTube channel in the navigation bar) to see how I made this envelope if you like. The cost savings are pretty substantial though. Even if you get your envelopes at the dollar store like me.
A ream of white 110lb cardstock costs about 6 bucks at my local Wal-Mart. This is enough paper to make 150 envelopes the size of mine above. I bought a roll of bubble wrap for about $1.67 that is 16″ x 7′ and it will make who knows how many envelopes. I’m guessing at least 25. I’ve made 5 already and barely made a dent in the roll. Let’s just work with that….let’s say this roll will make at least 25 envelopes. Here’s the math (it’s early still so let’s hope I did my calculations right LOL):
Paper cost per envelope: $.04
Bubble wrap cost per envelope: $.06
Total Cost not including glue or ink: $.07 cents per envelope. That’s a savings of over $.40 per envelope if you buy them at the dollar store (bigger savings if you buy them elsewhere).
Some added benefits of making your own padded mailers include: being able to totally customize it (make it any color, add stamping, make it any size, etc), you can recycle bubble wrap you may already have (instead of just popping it and throwing it away), and the satisfaction that comes in doing it yourself.
And do it a whole lot cheaper. In my previous post I explained how I made my own rose-water. This was pretty much free (I mean I do pay for water with my rent but…) because my kids were able to pick roses from the neighborhood. In the Stampbusters video from this post of Linda’s, the most effective recipe she tried was 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of rose-water and 2 tablespoons of Baby Magic baby soap. When I went to make my rendition of stamp cleaner, I figured huh….bet I could just use 2 cups of rose-water and that’d work too.
I guess the idea behind the rose-water is that it serves to condition the stamps. So…here’s what I did. It’s so easy (seriously making the rose-water was the hardest part). I simply took two cups of rose-water and 10 pumps of Equate brand baby soap. It’s a little sudsy so next time I think I’ll use fewer pumps of soap. Here are my results…I’m happy enough with them I will continue to make my own stamp cleaner from now on.
Here’s my dirty stamp:
And here’s the same stamp after being cleaned with my DIY stamp cleaner:
This particular stamp hasn’t been this clean in quite some time. But, just in case you can’t tell that it DID get clean…here’s the cotton balls I used to scrub it with:
See how nice and gray they are…lots of old ink coming off yay!!!!
And finally…this one’s mostly just for kicks:
I first stamped the sentiment in StayzOn months and months ago when I made my own acetate stamp storage books and it never came totally clean so I didn’t use the stamp again until today. You can see from this last picture that I barely used any of the rose-water I made. The Kerr jar you see held my 10 pumps of the soap pictured and 2 cups of rose-water with zero room to spare. The bottle of baby soap is what maybe .25 of the way gone and I’ve made about 4 quarts of eye makeup remover and now stamp cleaner too. I think it costs about $1.50 a bottle so the cost savings on DIY stamp cleaner (free rose-water then just a few pennies for the soap) versus store-bought cleaner (often 4 to 5 dollars a bottle) is quite substantial. My Kerr jar will probably refill my spray bottle (shown on the left side of the photo behind the StayzOn) twice more too. I’m guessing the costs is probably about $.75 for three bottles versus $12. Not to mention the fun of making it yourself, it smelling better, and you being able to control how soapy it is or isn’t!
Now that I can get my stamps pretty clean, I will be using my StayzOn ink a lot more! Lemme know if you try my version (or anyone else’s) out, I’d love to know what you think!