We don’t tend to buy newspapers but we do still have a few free papers dropping on to our mat. Having said that there are a couple of magazines we like to read and although I usually keep my sewing related ones there are still some which go in to the recycling.
It is very easy to recycle our newspapers and magazines now as most of us have a wheelie bin to use however if you are a seasoned crafter, or your kids love to get creative, then you can actually save yourself having to dish out more cash for crafting supplies by reusing the paper that you have.
To be fair you might get a little inky if you handle newspaper but it washes of and you can get some fab results.
Most of the ideas below can be made using either newspaper or magazine pages depending on the look you are going for. Remember that you can find some extremely colourful pages in those magazines that you have sitting in the corner.
Mini Gift Bags from Craft And Creativity
We’ve all been caught out when we reach for the wrapping paper and realise that we used it up last time. Here is a cool idea to help you whip up a quick mini gift bag.
Don’t feel put off by the examples above. If you don’t have any rubber stamps you don’t have to dash out and buy a set instead you can use stickers or pretty ribbon or even leave them undecorated and simple.
Paper Mache Bowls from Red Ted Art
Maggy writes one of my favourite craft blogs and if you are a regular follower of our blog you will often see me featuring Red Ted Art as the site is a huge resource of crafting fabulousness.
My little one will be all over this idea for paper mache … we love nothing more than getting messy and creative. As Maggy says in her video it will be brilliant for the summer holidays.
For more information, including a You Tube tutorial, visit Red Ted Art .
Gift Bags from How About Orange
Here’s a second gift bag idea. You can decorate this in the same ways suggested for the previous one or leave it plain which looks pretty cool.
If you use magazine pages then ribbon handles will look good but with newspaper why not use string?
For more information visit How About Orange.
There’s also a fab You Tube tutorial on Sea Lemon’s channel. Remember you can slow down a You Tube video by hovering over it and clicking the cog icon then change the playback speed … this will affect the audio too so you might want to mute the sound.
Newspaper Seed Pots from This Pug Life
This is already a favourite in our house as hubby has an allotment. I’ve featured a more elaborate pot tutorial before here but this one is super simple for those of us who are a little pressed for time.
For more information visit This Pug Life.
Paper Beads from Red Ted Art
Not that I’m playing favourites but here is another excellent idea from Red Ted Art. We absolutely love this one in our house and I can recommend it. This is a great idea for a rainy day and the finished pieces make fab gifts for the kids to wrap up in their recycled paper bag.
Older kids will have a lot of fun choosing the colours they want from magazine pages but younger ones can just get stuck in and be random. Both ways are equally as effective.
For more information visit Red Ted Art.
Gift Bow from Almost Never Clever
When you click through to this tutorial you will see that it doesn’t use recycled magazines or newspaper but what it does do is explain perfectly how to make the bow.
A lot of thought has gone in to the tutorial so it is easy to follow meanwhile you can use which ever paper you choose so those glossy magazine pages will be just the job and a newspaper bow sitting on brown kraft wrapping paper will look great.
For more information visit Almost Never Clever.
Rose Wreath from By Stephanie Lynn
The original tutorial uses recycled books but you can easily use newspaper or magazine pages for this.
I love the simple elegance of it how it is but I’ve also seen this type of paper rose lightly touched on the edges of the petals by an ink pad for a subtle hint of colour.
For more information visit By Stephanie Lynn.
Bunting from All Things That Make Me Happy
Here’s another one of those ideas that you can make quickly or take lots of time with decoration.
I’ve seen framed pictures done in the same style as the featured bunting, which is just stunning, but we can’t all manage to draw and colour to that standard so you can use rubber stamps and colour them in or use stickers to embellish. Undecorated bunting will have impact too so the choice is yours here.
For more information visit All Things That Make Me Happy.
You can get a triangle shaped template from Sweetly Scrapped which is just one of the effective shapes you could use.
Paper Bow from Helen Made
To finish off I’m going to sneak in a second bow.
The kids in my little one’s class are quite in to origami at the moment. You will probably need to help younger ones with this particular tutorial as it’s more of a challenge but it would look good on a gift or the front of a homemade card.
For more information visit Helen Made.
I have literally only scratched the surface here so if this kind of thing appeals to you then you can find a wealth of ideas with a quick internet search.