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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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. 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.

  • http://funkyfinds.com Jessica Dougherty

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

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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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