Paper is a pretty inescapable product. Whether you’re reading a book, checking the mail, or working on a craft project, chances are you’re using paper. In fact, Americans use around 700 pounds of paper per person every single year!
Rather than tossing all of that paper in the bin, why not use your crafty skills to give it a new life? Here are some common paper products we encounter and ideas for how we can reuse them.
The greenest option when it comes to magazines is to stick to reading online. Still, magazines seem to somehow creep into our lives. If you don’t have a subscription, maybe you have friends or family members who do?
Magazines pages are perfect for all sorts of paper crafts where more delicate paper will do the trick. You can hunt down the perfect image for a collage piece or assemble lovely magazine flowers. To turn magazine pages into origami paper, just cut the paper into squares, and you’re ready to fold! The images and text will add nice color and interest to your folded pieces.
Want to make a magazine paper crane like the one above? Just cut a 6 to 8″ square from a magazine page, and follow these folding instructions.
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