WasteNotRecycledArt's Shop Announcement

ORDER EARLY for HOLIDAYS! Cut off dates are listed below.
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The ORIGINAL Photo Letter Blocks as seen on HGTV, the Martha Stewart and Disney websites, and Bridal Couture and ChildStyle Magazines... CUSTOM MADE out of recycled and reclaimed wood since 2007.

All photos and samples are property of Waste Not Recycled Art

The current cut off dates are as follows:
VALENTINE'S DAY- January 14th
EASTER- March 3rd
MOTHER'S DAY- April 10th
FATHER'S DAY- May 20th
HALLOWEEN- October 10th
THANKSGIVING- November 7th
HANUKKAH- November 7th
CHRISTMAS- November 30th
(cut off dates subject to change if necessary!)

If you're ordering blocks, an INFO FORM will be provided in the message to buyers portion of your receipt.  Please copy that onto your email when sending your pictures!! 

********************************PLEASE NOTE********************************
When placing your order, please keep in mind that certain times are VERY busy for me, and your proofs may take several weeks to be emailed. I try to edit in the order they are received, but can make exceptions in certain circumstances to accommodate people's needs. I do the best I can to edit, assemble, and ship out within 3-4 weeks, but if you need your order by a particular date, please convo me FIRST to be sure I can complete the order in time.

When I receive your pictures I will send an email (within 24hrs M-F... I try REALLY hard not to work on the weekend!), letting you know that I have them, and that I will email proofs as soon as I can. If you DO NOT receive that confirmation email, I may not have received your info form and/or pics- although very rare- it has happened before!

Thanks so much!

What started as simply using left over scraps from construction projects, has led to using other people's scraps, home improvement store rejects and recycling "garbage", that no one has seen the value in. I make use of reclaimed wood, antique & distressed items, turning them into ART & HOME DECOR!

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WasteNotRecycledArt's Shop Policies


******* NORMAL PRODUCTION TIME is 3-4 WEEKS (during NON-HOLIDAY TIMES)... so if you'd like blocks sooner, please convo us before purchasing, to see if we are able to rush them. There may be an additional RUSH FEE, depending on how many orders we have.********

Holidays get VERY busy, so if you're thinking of ordering for a holiday or any other occasion please get your order in as soon as you can! After the holiday cut off dates (the current holiday's cut off date will be shown in the shop announcements- under the header on our home page) there will be a waiting list, and we will try to get more orders out, but may not be able to guarantee delivery before the holiday. PLEASE remember that the sooner you order, the sooner they will arrive for wrapping and shipping, and if you wait until the last day to order, you may not receive your blocks until JUST before the holiday (as we work on them in the order they are received).

Our blocks are made from recycled and reclaimed wood, and are done in a distressed finish... I love the knots and irregularities in the grain of the wood and this finish brings out the individual beauty in each piece. They are made out of REAL wood that has been taken from deconstructing houses, job site scraps, and damaged or unsalable wood from home improvement stores. We sand them smooth, but there will be knots and an occasional nail or staple hole... we're saving them from the landfill, making something beautiful out of them, and giving them a new home. We use the highest quality, archival inks and special photo paper, so you can have a long lasting, water and fade resistant keepsake to enjoy for generations. All materials are non-toxic and environmentally friendly... and MADE IN THE USA!

If you've already browsed our shop, and decided you'd like to place an order, you can order from any listing that has the correct number of blocks to suit your need. We just list different words, and in different categories, to spark ideas, and to get your attention. We have an unlimited quantity of blocks, since there's SO MUCH WASTE in this world. (Did I say that out loud?!?!)

After your order is placed, we will email an info form for you to fill out and return to us with your pictures. This form can also be found on your Etsy receipt, in the message to buyers portion.

We can use regular digital files, most cell phone pictures, and scanned photos. Please send UNEDITED and UN CROPPED photos for the best results. I need to crop them square, so if they are wide pictures, or super close up, they are MUCH more difficult to work with! If you don't have a way to scan your pictures, you can also snail mail them to me- just let me know to expect them- and send them to me at:
Mandy Walts
Waste Not Recycled Art
9467 State Route 34
Weedsport, NY 13166
(We live in an itty bity town in upstate NY, right smack in the middle of the snow belt!)

We print the photos in 350x350 for the small blocks 500x500 for the large, and 850x850 for the XL, so as long as your pictures are at least that size, the quality will be better. Please send the largest file possible (unless it's gigundo... that's not necessary! LOL)

All of our blocks are available in (almost) any color. The top choices are black, white, brown and red, but please inquire about color before making a purchase.

The choices for your photo color are color, muted color (almost b&w, with a hint of color showing), black & white, sepia, and muted sepia (vintage looking with a hint of color). I do have color charts available, if the listings you're looking at do not include them already.

We have MANY fonts that we work with, but photo cropping and letter arrangement should be left up to my discretion, please... if there are particular fonts or styles that you'd rather have us stay away from, please let me know in the special instructions portion of your info form. We don't have a list of fonts, there are literally hundreds that we work with, BUT we do send proofs for approval or changes before assembling your order... so please trust that we will make sure you love it before it is sent out to you!

Please make sure, when you order, that the shipping address on your PayPal account is accurate, and that the email address that is associated with your PayPal account is the one that you'd like your info form and emails to go to. We ship via PayPal, and this will prevent us from using the wrong shipping address, and your shipping confirmation and tracking number from going to the wrong email address.

When we receive your pics, we will email a confirmation- usually within 24 hrs., if not immediately, but we try REALLY hard to NOT work 24/7... so if it's a weekend, life gets hectic, and we will try to respond asap. If you haven't heard back from us in a couple days, please send me a convo through Etsy, so we know you're trying to reach us.

Sometimes your files are very large- so multiple emails are perfectly fine, just PLEASE REMEMBER to put your name, Etsy name and DATE OF ORDER (most importantly) on every email you send us. It is SO hard to return emails, when all it says is, "how's my order coming along?"... I have been known to yell at my computer, "WHO ARE YOU???"... my sweetheart already knows I'm crazy- this just adds to my MADNESS!!

We will then email proofs as soon as we possibly can. Sometimes it will be a few days, sometimes weeks... but we PROMISE, we have not forgotten about you, and we're not just twiddling our thumbs somewhere... LOL... really.... people get SO impatient!

If you need your blocks by a particular date... a party, a wedding, a holiday, birthday... just let us know, and we will do everything in my power to get them to you on time.

Once your proofs are approved, we do our best to ship out within a week. You will receive the tracking information from PayPal shipping (to the email address that was used to place your order through PayPal), as soon as I print your label. During our busy holidays, the shipping status may not be updated right away on Etsy, since we have to go in a manually change that. Sorry for that confusion, but our main priority is to get the orders out, and catch up later! (like July!)


We accept all major credit cards and debit cards through PayPal (please choose PAYPAL as your payment method, even if you do not have a PayPal account- you will be able to check out as a guest), and money orders via snail mail.


We ship via USPS Priority Mail (which includes $50 in insurance)- this typically takes 1-3 days, but is not guaranteed. The only way to guarantee a 1-2 day delivery, is to ship via USPS Express Mail. If you would like me to send an invoice to upgrade your shipping method or add insurance coverage, please let me know. We do our best to ship orders out with time to spare, but if you're ordering for an event, please adjust your requested delivery date to reflect what YOU feel comfortable with. We are NOT responsible for misdirected or lost packages.

If you are placing an international order, we do offer the same shipping options, BUT you are ordering AT YOUR OWN RISK once your item leaves the USA. We are not responsible for lost or misdirected packages, items stuck in customs, or any additional duty that may be due. We ship all of our items as gifts, and all shipping is paid when we send the packages out.

Refunds and Exchanges

All orders are NON-REFUNDABLE, but we will give store credit, as long as your proofs have not been emailed yet.

Additional Policies and FAQs

If you are interested in a large quantity of blocks, please convo me for wholesale or bulk pricing!

Last Updated April 9, 2015