Browsing the "Paper Crafts" Category

How-to: Kid-Made Recycled Cardboard Pendants

January 8th, 2013 | by Julie Finn

Kids love to make their own jewelry, and these pendants, crafted from upcycled cardboard, are especially fun to create and wear. The pendants cost no money, slip easily inside a letter to a pen pal, and, if the kid gets tired of wearing them, can be tossed right back into the recycling bin

Yes, I DID Wrap All of My Christmas Presents in Newspaper and Brown Paper Bags

December 24th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Store-bought wrapping paper offends me for a lot of reasons--the wasted money, the wasted resources, the energy misspent on buying ephemeral window dressing instead of focusing on family time. And yet brown paper bags and sheets of newspaper, the go-to gift wrap for the thrifty and eco-minded, aren't so much...well...cute. To solve the cuteness dilemma, I spent a lot of effort decorating my first several packages with various upcycled materials and stash components. And then... ...I did something different

How-to: Recycled CD Wish List Ornament

December 18th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Worried that in twenty years you'll have trouble remembering what it was that your little kid wanted more than anything else for Christmas this year? Record their wish lists for posterity with an ornament!

Project Show and Tell: A DIY Child’s Witch Hat Made from Recycled Newspaper and Cardboard

October 15th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

See how proud that kiddo looks? She and I made that witch's hat, the exactly perfect Halloween costume accessory, out of recycled newspaper and cardboard (and a lot of tape!). Considering that everything except for the tape and paint came from our recycling bin, and that this is EXACTLY the tall, polka-dotted hat that she had wanted, I'm declaring it a Halloween win

Create a Play City from Upcycled Boxes

September 29th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

We're super-excited to share this reclaimed cardboard box project from Monica T. Blas! Her play city is so cute and looks like a lot of fun. Monica has a new ebook of upcycled crafts that's coming out soon, and you can check out deets on that below!

Recycled Paper Pumpkins!

September 28th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Can you believe that next Monday is October 1st? In preparation, I was browsing Pinterest for unique pumpkin ideas. I came across this awesome tutorial from Two Paper Divas and knew I had to try it! Instead of using scrapbook paper, though, I decided to make this project even more eco-friendly by using book pages!

Bags and Boxes that You Can Build out of Recycled Materials

September 25th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Need a gift bag, or a box of exactly a certain size? Check out my personal collection of my favorite templates and patterns for DIY bags and boxes of all shapes and sizes, along with my suggestions for what recycled or scrap materials would be best to make each from.

10 Upcycled Map Craft Projects

September 22nd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Don't you just love crafting with old maps? They add a beautiful sense of place and nostalgia to paper craft projects! Got some old maps handy but not sure what to do with them? We've got you covered with a few fun map craft projects!

DIY: Make a Reclaimed Paper Heart Garland from an Old Map

September 19th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Don't you just love old maps? Whether they're from a town where you used to live or a special road trip, maps remind us of where we've been. Next time you discover an old map, you can make a paper garland instead of tossing it in the recycle bin. What I love best about this project is that it's super simple, and it's scalable. I used 7 hearts to decorate a wall shelf, but you could cut out dozens and make one to hang all the way across a wall!

DIY Alcohol Ink Made from Upcycled Markers

September 17th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Alcohol ink is the perfect pigment for painting on non-porous surfaces like plastic or metal, but it's also crazy expensive. Make DIY alcohol ink instead! Fortunately, you can make your own DIY alcohol ink using the rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet and that stash of dried-out markers cluttering your art supplies cabinet. The DIY alcohol ink works great, costs basically nothing, and helps recycle those resource-wasteful markers

Review of The Ultimate Guide to Smash Books, by Mahe Zehra Husain–and a Giveaway!

July 31st, 2012 | by Julie Finn

If you can't get enough of smash books, check out my review of Mahe Zehra Husain's newest e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Smash Books, Smashing and Making Your Own Upcycled Smash Books, then read to the end to learn how to receive your own free copy, as well as The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling and a series of video classes on upcycling paint chips into greeting cards

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