We all know the usual stuff to do with newspapers but how about some more unusual projects.

Newspaper slippers – Ok these are not going to be durable but are ideal for painting in or other one time use situations.

Newspaper Dustpan - Perfect for messy plaster shavings or a great “know how to make” for emergency picking up things situations.

Grandfathers Kite – Most of us know how to make a kite but if no one ever showed you how then borrow this grandad for a lesson in Grandads kite making.

Fire Logs – Logs can grow right out of your recycling bin with these fire starting logs.

Anyone else have some more unusual newspaper recycling craft ideas to share ?

By Shellie Wilson


11 Comments so far

  1. susan on September 29, 2007 7:16 pm

    Do you know of any crafts to make out of pinecones? I’ve been looking for quite awhile and haven’t found much.

  2. susan on September 29, 2007 7:17 pm

    Really enjoy your site. Would like ideas on crafting with pinecones.

  3. Alissa on October 3, 2007 6:50 am

    Hi Susan,

    You might try the projects at these sites:




    For Thanksgiving: http://crafts.kaboose.com/pine-cone-turkeys.html

    Some of the projects may not suit your taste, but this is a start. Good luck!

  4. Kathy G on March 1, 2008 5:54 pm

    I made a newspaper dustpan today, and linked to your directions in my blog.

  5. Kathy Sorell on April 22, 2008 11:12 am

    I recently decided to use up some of my old wine bottles to make something interesting for my garden. I cleaned off the labels & used modge podge to glue on old beads, sea glass, etc and then set them in my garden..some pointing up, some pointing down. They make a nice stand for my gazing balls which are just foam balls decorated w/ stones, glass, left over beads & glued to the top of the bottle. They are really quite interesting & the kids love using their imaginations to make something out of our trash!

  6. NITI on April 28, 2008 4:21 am

    i love makeing things out of newspapers….i have infact, been doing so all my life now :)
    i liked these ideas too…..though mine are very very sturdy, useful and extremely simple and gorgeous…..i guess i should post these up on the net soon

  7. Rozaz on August 27, 2008 4:36 am


    I’m passionate making handcrafts using recycled newspaper. The techniques I use are, turning old newspaper to paper straws and weaving process to make baskets, vasts, side table lamps, etc. For coloring, I use timber tone or colored varnish. At first look, it is hardly to distinguish, either it is made from cane (rattan) or, it is really made from recycled newspaper

  8. pouch on December 13, 2008 7:49 am

    I love to see innovative ways to recycle newspapers.
    I bought some fair trade gifts from the Bishopston Trading Company in the UK last year and they pack all your purchases into these bags:
    It is the most popular photo in my flickr photostream!

  9. Margaret Jones @ Ooligan Press on January 18, 2009 10:40 pm

    [...] Does anybody have a great idea for creative newspaper recycling?  I found a few lists at The Craft Gossip Blog Network, which included these extraordinary newspaper slippers:I’m thinking these will be great gifts [...]

  10. Emily on April 2, 2011 9:49 pm

    I have 2 do this project at school n it has 2 be out of recyclable items n I want my project 2 be the best .. does anyone have anything that I could try 2 make out of newspaper

  11. sweet on February 22, 2012 12:46 pm

    hi can anyone share tere ideas for useful craft outof newspapers.

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