Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
Turn Old Newspapers Into Art and Craft Projects
One of the easiest craft supplies to find is newspaper, and we all know that it's good to recycle. I've found some craft projects made from papers that I think you will enjoy. In this article, I'm going to list the projects that I found, show a picture, and give you the name of the site and a link where you'll find the directions.
How Do I Make the Newspaper Bouquet?
For the tutorial to make the beautiful wedding bouquet shown above, go to Popsugar.
1. Newsprint Ghosts
This is such an easy craft idea that you can bet the kids will love. You'll find this idea at Serving Pink Lemonade.
2. Tea Party Hats
This is exactly what I have been looking for. My little granddaughters want to have a dress up tea party and these hats will be perfect. The instructions for how to make them can be found at Maya*Made.
3. Flowers on a Branch
I think this flowered branch is an elegant and unique piece to add to the home décor. You'll find the tutorial for making this project at The Eco Chic blog. A couple of ideas that would change the looks somewhat would be to spray the flowers with glue and sprinkle on fine glitter, or spray paint the completed project with gold spray.
4. Ballard-Inspired Newsprint Dress Picture
There's no need to pay well over $200 to get have a newsprint dress picture. Crafty Butt has a terrific tutorial for making your own Ballard-inspired newsprint dress picture. She also has a complementary picture with a purse, gloves, and shoes. Fantastic project!
5. Wall Art
You'll find a very thorough tutorial at DIY Enthusiasts for making this attractive wall art. Choose the colors that will enhance your decorating scheme.
6. Newspaper Valentine Wreath
Make a beautiful Valentine wreath using newspaper. Find the tutorial for making this project at Blue Purple and Scarlet.
7. Gift Bags
Now make all the gift bags you need. They'll be unique and you'll be saving money. The directions for these great gift bags can be found at How About Orange.
8. Newspaper Art
Although the directions for this art uses book pages, I think newspaper would work just as well. Find out how this project was done by finding the instructions at Visit StudioSeena’s Website.
9. Fringed Paper Wreath
This wreath is way more beautiful than you would imagine, since it is made with newspaper. Maybe even a spray of adhesive and then sprinkled with iridescent glitter would look elegant. For the directions, go to Les Tissus Colbert.
10. Earth Globes
Although this project can be a bit messy, the kids will have so much fun making these earth globes, that it'll all be worth it. I love how they finished by making the globes look starry. Find the tutorial for making the earth globes at Housing a Forest.
11. Silhouettes on Newsprint
Although this example is done in a Halloween theme, I think with different silhouettes, the art could be a year round piece. See how the project is put together at She Wears Flowers.
12. Gift Wrap and Bow
The newspaper wrap and bow make an attractive gift wrapping that anyone would be pleased to receive. Go to Craft Discoveries for the directions.
13. Cityscape ala Paul Bent
Make your own cityscape in the Paul Bent manner and then frame and hang it. This is a beautiful work of art. Go to the Kids & Glitter site for the directions for this art project.
14. Beads, Beads, Beads
Change the colors, change the shapes, make this project your own by doing it your way. Large beaded necklaces seem to be the fashion look today, and sometimes many strings of them worn together. Get the directions from A Storybook Life and then go for the gold.
15. Woven Basket
Take your time and make a couple of these neat baskets. A great place to put your newspapers. For the directions, go to Craftstylish.
16. Rose Frame
Isn't this a beautiful frame? You'll find the directions on how to make this frame on Michele Made Me.
17. Shimmer Tree
This tree with just the edges sprayed with glitter, will find a place on your mantle or as a decoration for a winter wedding. Find the directions at Bella Dia.
18. Coiled Paper Ornaments
Go to Saved by Love Creations to see how to make these beautiful coiled paper ornaments. The directions use magazine pages to make these ornaments, but I think they would look exceptional by using newspaper to make the coils and then spread on a thin coat of glue and sprinkle the ornaments with fine glitter.
19. Newspaper Birds
The kids love doing this art project using a tissue painted background behind the newspaper tissue painted birds. To find out how to make this project, go to Kids & Glitter.
20. Large Flowers
Simple and easy. A project that the kids will love to make. Go to Thriftyfun for the directions.
21. Newspaper Matting
I really think this is a great idea—picture matting made from newpaper. And the picture with the print stamped on is outstanding. Go to A Girl With a Glue Gun for the directions.
22. JOY Banner
When you need a banner for a special occasion, this is a great idea. At a baby shower, the letters could spell BABY and if you know the gender, maybe tint the banner in a color. This great idea and instructions can be found at April’s Homemaking.
23. Seedling Pots
I've made and used pots like these to start tomato and pepper seeds. Worked great too. For the directions, go to Little House in the Suburbs.
24. Pirate Swords
Let the kids play pirates with these swords made from newspapers. Much safer, and less hurtful, than the plastic swords that you can purchase. Follow the tutorial at Alpha Mom to make these pirate swords.
25. Tube Beads From a Newspaper
26. Decorated Container
Use vintage paper or burn the edges and crumple the paper before making this neat container. You can get the directions for making this project at Rustic Crafts.
27. Newspaper Wigs
The ultimate wig. If you want a unique costume accessory, this is a great one. To find out how to make it, go to Martha Stewart
28. Watercolor Flowers
Even the littlest kids will love making these watercolor flowers. A great project that's fun and inexpensive.
29. Flower Bouquet
I like the tinted flowers that let the newsprint show in these flowers. You'll find out how to make these flowers at The Trendy Treehouse.
30. Stitched Star Garland
This stitched star garland is a nice patriotic touch for any room of your home or for a themed party. Go to Factory Direct Craft.com for the instructions.
31. Newspaper Carrot
I think these newspaper carrots make a very unique project. A basket of these sitting on the counter in a wire basket would be very interesting looking.
32. Coiled Coasters
What a neat recycling project. Not only are the coaster useful, they are attractive. If you would like to make these cute coasters, go to Saved by Love Creations for the directions.
33. Sunflower Sunshine
Just a bit of sunshine for your home when you display a vase of sunflowers. You will find the directions on how to make them at That Artist Woman.
34. Newspaper Pears
Use paper from a newspaper, a magazine or a book to make these very beautiful, modern pears. You can simply tear small pieces of newsprint and decoupage them onto fake fruit (pear) using Mod Podge or a mixture of glue and water.
35. Newspaper Eggs
Make your own decorative eggs and display them in a beautiful glass bowl. I think I'd be inclined to add iridescent glitter while the eggs were still wet. You'll find the instructions at Craft and Creativity.
36. Haunted House
The kids will have a great time making these houses and the houses would be a nice addition to your Halloween décor. Go to Parents.com for the directions.
A nice 'getting ready for Christmas' project. If you want to make a snowman, go to Fab Mums for the directions.
38. Simple Flowers
These simple flowers would be a great school or party activity for the kids. Go to Easy Peasy and Fun for the directions.
39. Newspaper Imaged Vase
I realize this picture shows the vase made using music sheet paper, and it's beautiful. But, since this is an article about crafts using newspapers, just imagine the vase made with newspaper. I think it would be very attractive. Go to How About Orange to see how to make a vase like this.
40. Shredded Newspaper Lantern
This project, with directions at Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate, uses a paper lantern and shredded newspaper to make a beautiful, unique lantern.
41. Button-Centered Flowers
You'll find the tutorial for the beautiful newspaper flowers at Red Ted Art. A terrific idea to give to Mom on Mother's day or her birthday.
42. Newspaper Envelopes
I imagine if you affixed a white label to the envelope, the written address would be easy to see. For the tutorial to make envelopes using newspaper and brown paper bag, is found at Kanelstrand.
43. Newspaper Kite
There's no need to buy a kite when you can easily make one using newpaper pages. Go to mothergoose.com to learn how to make one.
44. Decoupaged Pumpkin
I love the looks of this Halloween pumpkin. It has an elegant look that will fit into even the fussiest décor. Go to Make and Takes to find the directions.
45. Paper Star
This is really an awesome project. You can learn how to make this newsprint star by finding the instructions at World of Scrap.
46. Newspaper Owl Art
This would be such a cute classroom project. See how this art is made by going to I Heart Crafty Things for directions.
47. Huge Fall Leaves
I love the simplicity of this craft with directions at Life With Little Ones. Because I'd want to keep these leaves from year to year, I think I would glue a light wire along the outside edge of the leaves, or maybe just over the veins of the leaves. That would also make it possible to shape them a bit without taking the thin look of them away.
48. Pencil Holder
Make a useful pencil holder for your desk, while recycling. You can see how to make this pencil holder by going to World of Scrap.
49. Spooky Faux Bones
Making faux bones to use in Halloween decorations is the first thing I thought of when I saw this project. To make the faux bones, go to Inner Child Fun for directions.
50. Pumpkin Perfection
I love the look of this pumpkin. It is so simple, but this pumpkin will look great no matter what your decorating style is. Go to Crafted Niche for the directions.
51. Christmas Ornaments
Although there really are no specific instructions for this project, the pictures make it really easy to understand how to make them. Go to Kleefalter to see what I mean. Really beautiful ornaments!
You've probably already made the sunflowers, but now you can also make poppies by following the instructions at That Artist Woman. This is a nice classroom project that is very inexpensive and the lesson on recycling is important.
53. Rolled Paper Frame
I really like the idea of using rolled paper frames like these to frame artwork done by students. You'll find the instructions for doing this project at The Lazy Hobbyhopper.
54. Tic Tac Toe Game
Help the kids make their own tic tac toe game using newspaper for the game grid and the x's and o's. Find the tutorial for making this game at Reasons to be Cheerful. This would be a great activity for scouts or birthday parties.
55. Newspaper Favors
Any time that you need to make a lot of favors for a party or occasion, the cost of supplies is a factor. It so happens that you can make those favors inexpensively with newspaper, and end up with an attractive little favor bag. Find the tutorial for making this project at Favecrafts.
56. Newspaper-Covered Chair
Dream a Little Bigger is where to find the tutorial for covering furniture using newspaper and Mod Podge. Looks like fun to me.
57. Paper Mache Olaf
58. Heart Garland
Imagine making a heart garland to decorate for Valentine's day, or just to use as decoration in a girl's bedroom. I love this heart garland, with directions on the Think Crafts! site. Consider applying a thin line of glue to the edges of the hearts and sprinkle with red glitter.
59. Paper Mache Mushrooms
This is an Alice in Wonderland inspired project with a tutorial at Dizzily Dreaming. I can see adding small mushrooms made like this to a fairy garden also.
Questions & Answers
Question: Where can I find the items and the directions for these projects?
Answer: Under each of the pictured projects in my article, there is a highlighted site name. Click on the site name, and you'll be taken to the tutorial for the project.
© 2012 Loraine Brummer
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www.Vipemo.com on August 20, 2019:
Donna Giron on December 14, 2018:
This is awesome!!
manidipa chakraborty on July 19, 2018:
Carol Milne on October 25, 2017:
Some fab tips,keep up the good work be back soon Carol x
swarnika garg on March 14, 2017:
superb, i love hats and wigs
Maria on February 07, 2017:
I just love newspaper recycling! Great ideas!
Margarida Borges from Lyon, France on September 22, 2016:
Very good ideas for easily recycling paper.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 23, 2015:
Thanks for your comment, Elizabeth. I hope you plan on writing articles about your photography profession. Would be very interesting I think.
Elizabeth Miller from St. Louis on July 23, 2015:
I guess I'll have to stop putting the paper in the recycling bin.
Aanchal on June 06, 2015:
smt vasundhara shivanekar on October 24, 2014:
Great idea .thanks for sharing
Fiona from South Africa on January 19, 2014:
Some great ideas here - will have to try out the flowers
ssphia on December 07, 2013:
Congratulations! I loved your lens, especially Coiled Paper Ornaments, very interesting and easy to do! Thanks for sharing!
Thamisgith on September 24, 2013:
What an amazing way to recycle! VEry creative.
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 12, 2013:
Love the wigs and hats. There are some great ideas here.
BlowDryBar on August 03, 2013:
These are all really beautiful crafts and I love that they involve recycling!
NibsyNell on July 18, 2013:
Love this! The fall leaves are beautiful!
Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on July 08, 2013:
I had no idea the4rre were so many things you can do with newspaper. I can't wait to get started on a few of these projects. Great lens
Jogalog on May 26, 2013:
I love the haunted house and the shoe.
ConvenientCalendar on May 22, 2013:
These are great ideas!
missamyliz lm on May 16, 2013:
Holy cow! I know what I'll be doing with my daughters this summer - will probably substitute the newspaper for magazine papers for some of these. Thank you for this.. pinning!
Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on May 08, 2013:
This is a great collection of crafts to make from newspaper. I have not seen many of these before. I may have to try some for inexpensive crafting fun. Thanks!
anonymous on April 28, 2013:
Some great ideas here.
PinkstonePictures from Miami Beach, FL on March 06, 2013:
gaser983 on December 01, 2012:
Very nice lens, I enjoy reading it!
anthonybh on November 11, 2012:
This is one of my favorite lense of how tos. Thanks for the effort!
Tea Pixie on October 13, 2012:
Spectacular. Let me say it again - Spectacular! I love all of these ideas. I am already planning to make the rose frame. There are so many good projects that I am planning to do for Christmas. Yippeee!
Deadicated LM on September 29, 2012:
Thanks for all the great newspaper craft ideas.
olmpal on August 06, 2012:
Those are great ideas! Such lovely creations using that humble material!
Helene-Malmsio on June 30, 2012:
What a ton of great ideas for best crafts using newspaper! I already recycle, shed it for cat litter, and make seed pods and stuff from newspaper - but I now have a ton of lovely craft ideas as well - woo hoo!
CoeGurl on April 29, 2012:
What fantastic ideas - thanks!
Kathleen Hiler on April 28, 2012:
I like craft projects and want to do some of these with my girls :)
anonymous on April 27, 2012:
You have one of the most amazing lenses I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing it.
CherylsArt on April 20, 2012:
I love all of these ideas. A tip if someone wants newspaper without the print is to ask for an end roll at their local newspaper. Ours gives them away for the asking.
Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on April 15, 2012:
I'm so impressed with all the creative uses you've shown for using newspaper. Enjoyed this page very much!
Genesis Davies from Guatemala on April 08, 2012:
Tons of awesome ideas here. I have to say, your lenses are some of the most useful on Squidoo! Blessings.
Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on April 01, 2012:
What great ideas. I am so excited to try some of them. I really love the gift bag idea. They are unique, adorable and environmentally friendly. Sounds perfect to me. Blessed!!!
Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on March 24, 2012:
Very cool ideas. I might just try making some seedling pots since we've just started planting for summer.
Fiona from South Africa on March 17, 2012:
I love the idea of decorating an old styrofoam tray. Also tickled pink by the gift bags - we are always short of them at home.
semas on March 16, 2012:
Wow! such a variety of crafts to do with the plain old newspaper!
utopia5230 on March 14, 2012:
eviezeleska on March 14, 2012:
nice work :)
wilfredpadilla on March 11, 2012:
I like this creative and environment friendly lens!
anonymous on March 08, 2012:
mary lighthouse15 on March 08, 2012:
Wonderful crafts with newspaper!
annette3 on March 08, 2012:
very creative and I never knew how many interesting ideas one can make with paper!! awesome! very clever indeed! :) great work!
Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on March 08, 2012:
Totally cool. What imagination! Squid Angel blessed!
JenniferAkers LM on March 07, 2012:
Excellent ideas on the best crafts using newspaper! Love it and can't wait to try my hand at one (or several) projects you listed.
TTMall on March 07, 2012:
Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.
Helene-Malmsio on March 07, 2012:
This lens is overflowing with ideas for the best crafts using newspaper! Bookmarked for future reference, love this lens, thanks!
cajuncutie on March 05, 2012:
wow i am in awe.
Amy M-F from Northamptonshire, UK on March 03, 2012:
Absolutely brilliant lens. Will definitely be trying some of these out.
Jackie Block from SE Michigan on March 01, 2012:
I love all the ideas you have here. I have been making paper mache for as long as I can remember. I can't wait to try making those beads!
bikerministry on February 29, 2012:
What an awesome craft. Great job here. I love recycling or upcycling. Very rewarding. Blessings and Congrats on for being featured on So Crafty.
AnnaAdam LM on February 29, 2012:
Very Interesting lens. Great work
sousababy on February 28, 2012:
These are brilliant ideas - I think I could handle the coiled coasters. Fantastic way to recycle!
anonymous on February 28, 2012:
Wow I just love this lens. It has great ideas and is well presented, thanks for sharing. Also thanks for visiting my lens I really appreciate it.
Samuel Franklin on February 28, 2012:
These are amazing!
sherioz on February 22, 2012:
These are great. You have provided instructions for some projects I have been wanting to do for some time. Thanks.
JollyJ on February 22, 2012:
wow ... very interesting and useful
marsha32 on February 21, 2012:
too many cool things! I'm going to have to link this up inside my Uses for Newspapers lens.
GOT LM on February 21, 2012:
anonymous on February 19, 2012:
Very creative ideas. I learned a lot. Thanks for sharing you newspaper ideas.~ Blessed!
anonymous on February 19, 2012:
I have been making paper roses and love these ideas. I can't wait to break out the newsprint and get crafting
shandigp on February 19, 2012:
What great craft ideas! So many of them look very sophisticated. *squid blessed*
TennesseeWoodShop on February 19, 2012:
some neat ideas with flowers
MariePalmer LM on February 19, 2012:
I often use newspaper for my seed starters, but I love having crafty things to do with my newspapers. This is a well deserved lens of the day.
music226 on February 19, 2012:
Awesome lens!I'm new to Squidoo, and I just published my first lens! I would really help me out if you checked it out. It is:http://www.squidoo.com/feel-the-beatThanks, I would really appreciate some views. :)
esse-kia on February 19, 2012:
these are all great, amazing and creative items. wow!
SecondHandJoe LM on February 18, 2012:
What a great collection of ideas to do with newspapers. I've noticed wrapping gifts with them really seemed to be a trend this year! Who knew old newspaper could look so sophisticated. Very nice lens! :-D
flicker lm on February 18, 2012:
Incredible collection of ideas for crafts with newspapers! Well done!
entertainmentev on February 18, 2012:
Fabulous lens! Can't wait to try a few of these crafts!
dahlia369 on February 18, 2012:
Truly outstanding collection of creative ideas, thank you! :)
printabledolls on February 18, 2012:
adorable lens I want to try!!!!!!
Mona from Iowa on February 17, 2012:
So many cute ideas. I love the gift bags. Blessed.
LadyCharlie on February 17, 2012:
I love the ideas you've supplied and will come back to see what I can make from my recycled newspapers! Blessed
Julia Morais on February 17, 2012:
Have been looking for crafts to work on using newspapers and old magazines. This is awesome. Just what I need.
gemjane on February 17, 2012:
I've done the little pots. I love the little tree with glitter! Clever ideas here! Nice lens.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on February 17, 2012:
@grflgrfl: I have a lens using tp rolls, it's called Paper Roll Tube Crafts. I think you'll like the projects on that lens also. Thanks for visiting and commenting, grflgrfl.
grflgrfl on February 17, 2012:
Very clever! Now, how about a lens that tells us what to do with the cardboard roll from TP?
etravelvn on February 17, 2012:
navalava lm on February 17, 2012:
Creative and good way to recycle the paper. Shimmer tree is my favorite!
Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on February 16, 2012:
Ohhh I love finding new uses for things like newspaper! I like the little seedling pots idea. Great article! :)
jeremykim2011 on February 16, 2012:
Great ideas! I love the wreath.
hirephp lm on February 16, 2012:
very interesting and cool lens thanks for sharing
Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on February 16, 2012:
Thanks for all the interesting and wonderful ideas , really very useful
jimmyworldstar on February 16, 2012:
Finally, another way to recycle newspaper! I like the roiled flowers wreaths.
Bash51214 on February 15, 2012:
So nice lens... i enjoyed reading it a lot.. thanks.. God Bless You..
wheresthekarma on February 15, 2012:
Back to let you know I pinned this :)
squid-pinkchic18 on February 15, 2012:
I can see why you have so many squid angel blessings, this lens was really neat! You have some great ideas for crafts that I haven't seen before. Squidliked and blessed by another squid angel :)
anonymous on February 15, 2012:
I want to make the rolled flower wreath. I saw one just last week at the flower show in Seattle, It was red and shaped like a heart but very similar, I want to try to make a replica of it.
gengonow on February 15, 2012:
Absolutely love this lens
zerseus on February 15, 2012:
Great crafts, Very interesting lens, Thank you!
FalconFan LM on February 15, 2012:
How creative! Great ideas for everyday items...thanks for your wonderful lens!
allenwebstarme on February 14, 2012:
Very creative and interesting, I hope i'll take out some time to make some newspaper crafts. Thanks for sharing amazing idea.
SiochainGraSonas on February 14, 2012:
Wonderful and very creative ideas!
curious0927 on February 14, 2012:
Never new you could do so much with Newspapers! Seems like they are quite valuable from what I've seen here!
dwnovacek on February 14, 2012:
Truly unbelievable! Such beautiful crafts from the simple newspaper. I can't wait to try these! Angel Blessings!
Lynda Makara from California on February 14, 2012:
I love this! So many great ideas. I'm going to check out the little tree and the sunflowers. Awesome!
Ann Hinds from So Cal on February 14, 2012:
It was your flowers that I found on Pinterest and the link to the site. Thanks so much for sharing them. Great lens with lot of terrific projects!