Paper paper wall art. cc photo by Flickr user absintheandorange

Published on April 7th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

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Crafty Reuse: Four Project for Paper Scraps

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Paper accounts for over 40% of the trash we produce here in the U.S. That is a crazy amount of waste! Rather than tossing junk mail, newspaper, or any other paper scraps into the trash or recycle bin, you might consider giving those materials a brand new life with one of these fun tutorials:

  1. Over at Absinthe and Orange, you can learn how to create this beautiful recycled wall art (pictured above). She used sheet music, but I bet other scrap paper would have stunning results, too.
  2. Jackie has a simple, fun tutorial for making recipe cards out of brown paper bags. Paper bags are a wonderful weight for other projects, too. Recycled greeting cards, anyone?
  3. This recycled paper flower garland at the Crafty Crow is a great way to use up old magazines. You could make a bunch and string them together or create a few large flowers to hang in a pretty cluster.
  4. Got lots of small, skinny scraps? Julie’s paper bowl tutorial would be perfect. This would be really pretty with a nice mix of paper, like different sorts of junk mail.

These awesome projects just scratch the surface….we’d love to hear about your recycled paper craft adventures in the comments.

[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Absinthe and Orange]

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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • Erica

    This is such a great idea! I think we are going to try to do it at my office.

  • Erica

    This is such a great idea! I think we are going to try to do it at my office.

  • http://dollarstorecrafts.com Heather – Dollar Store Crafts

    Love the wall hanging! So pretty and inspirational. Thanks for the roundup!

  • http://dollarstorecrafts.com Heather – Dollar Store Crafts

    Love the wall hanging! So pretty and inspirational. Thanks for the roundup!

  • http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com Crafty Green poet

    I’m currently making some notebooks / art books out of recycled materials. I’m covering the covers from old diaries with scraps of fabric or wrapping paper and then making the pages inside from office scrap.

  • http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com Crafty Green poet

    I’m currently making some notebooks / art books out of recycled materials. I’m covering the covers from old diaries with scraps of fabric or wrapping paper and then making the pages inside from office scrap.

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    Stay funky! Jessica Dougherty

  • http://funkyfinds.com Jessica Dougherty

    This article was recently featured on Funky Finds: http://funkyfinds.blogspot.com/2010/04/earth-friendly-finds.html

    We now have a “funky found” page and invite you to use the graphic on this page to link to Funky Finds. If you do so, please send us the link to your site & we will add you to our page. http://www.funkyfinds.us/funky-found.html

    Stay funky! Jessica Dougherty

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