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25 Awesome Uses for Old Newspaper

25 Awesome Uses for Old Newspaper

As receiving your news from the internet quickly becomes the norm, getting the ‘paper’ in the morning is becoming a rare and special thing. Even if you just get it on Sundays, as soon as the day is done, that news is mostly obsolete. Instead of recycling your paper right away, maybe using one of these great ideas will save you some time and effort you didn’t even realize.

  • Roll into a megaphone
  • Fold into a sailor’s hat
  • Paste it up as wallpaper
  • Fold into a protective book cover
  • Make papier-mâché sculpture
  • Read it
  • Use as birdcage lining
  • Use to block windows
  • Use to protect floors when painting
  • Use to fill in holes and cracks
  • Make paper chains
  • Cut apart for scrapbooking or collage
  • Shred and reuse to make your own paper
  • Use as a dustpan
  • Use as kindling
  • Cover ground off season to prevent weeds
  • Accordion fold into a fan
  • Line your cabinets
  • Use as a rag
  • Wrap items when moving
  • Protect items when mailing
  • Use in shoes to maintain the shape
  • Wrap presents
  • Use as a tablecloth
  • Line your trash or compost


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Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an illustrator, artist, and writer. Her formative years were spent in the heart of the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA. Though Portland, OR has been her home base for some time, she always has an adventure around the corner.


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2:22AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Great Tips.

12:17PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Yep, use it on all my windows ~ even my car! The rest goes in my birdcages.

12:08PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Great ideas,I also clean my windows the old way with vinegar and newspaper.No smears and no chemicals, works also on mirrows.

6:14AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

I use it to protect the whole bathroom when doing my hair (very messy)
and to clean windows

3:55PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

thanks. i can think of at least 25 more!

12:25PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

9:09AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Brilliant tips, thanks.

9:49PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012


9:48AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

One more: make a paper bag!

10:27PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Some good ideas. Years ago I was a frequent visitor to a very good Mexican Restaurant. The restroom walls were papered with Mexican newspapers (they were sealed with some kind of varnish product). Always thought it was a cool idea and have thought of doing it with one of my loos. You could also use pages from old broken/damaged books.

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