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5 Crafty Ideas for Reusing Paper

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5 Crafty Ideas for Reusing Paper

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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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:25AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013


2:47AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

There is no doubt that paper products are among the most waste materials these days. We can do so much with paper - turn them into craft, works of art, etc. While some opt to recycle or have their paper documents handled by a shredding Austin service provider, many of us are still insensitive about this issue that they just throw their used items in the bin. What you have shared serves as an inspiration to us, thank you.

7:52PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

with imagination, a throwaway becomes a treasure

12:49AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

Good ideas.

5:02AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

My 16yo daughter does fabulous collage with magazine photos. She covered a wall in her room with collage. She also uses collage to decorate envelopes for mailing, makes her own birthday cards, and uses her black and white photography in her collages as well.

8:53PM PST on Dec 19, 2010

I love the mask idea so cool.

11:27PM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Great ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.

7:04AM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Nice Ideas. I'll try to use them in the future.

9:21AM PST on Nov 14, 2010


1:54PM PST on Nov 11, 2010

Cute ideas. Thanks.

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