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-m‚chť 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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Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly4 years ago

Great Tips.

Barbara D.
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Gabriele R.
Gabriele R4 years ago

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

irene fernandez
irene Fernandez5 years ago

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

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

thanks. i can think of at least 25 more!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the tips.

Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

Brilliant tips, thanks.

Kelly Rogers5 years ago


Ela V.
Ela V5 years ago

One more: make a paper bag!

Anita M.
Anita M5 years ago

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.