Easy Newspaper DIY Craft Ideas
Worried about the stack of old newspapers piling up in that corner of your house? And planning to sell? Hold on! How about an upcycle with surprisingly easy and creative DIY newspaper craft ideas.
By Tasneem Sariya • 9 min read
Newspapers! A common sight in every household, every morning. But once you are done reading the paper, what do you do? Well, it finds a spot in a corner of your house and begins to pile up — day after day. And eventually you are yearning to get rid of that messy stack. You end up either selling or throwing away. But what if we told you that though used for a single time, the newspaper can be transformed into things that can be used multiple times? Yes, there is a whole lot of useful and beautiful stuff that can be creatively crafted from old newspapers. Here are some easy newspaper DIY craft ideas that you and your child can make together as part of your upcycle craft project. These are not only creative but practical and convenient too!
Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming waste materials or unwanted products into new materials or products that come with better use, quality and environmental value. Also, with the monsoon set in, you can spend your evenings or weekends indoors in a worthwhile manner. You can indulge in some creative craft work and do your bit for the environment. Let's take a look at how to go about it!
1. Newspaper envelopes craft
- Old newspaper
- An envelope
- Coloured paper (optional)
Step 1: Open or unstick the edges of an old envelope and trace the rectangle on the old newspaper
Step 2: Now cut and stick the edges of the newspaper to create a new envelope.
Step 3: You can also slide down coloured paper cut-outs into the newly made newspaper envelope and glue the triangular edges together. Your paper envelope is ready.
2. Picture or photo frames made from newspaper
- Knitting needle
- Thick cardboard
Step 1: Cut the newspaper into strips of 10-12 cm.
Step 2: Start rolling these strips around the knitting needle and glue the end tip to secure tightly the roll. Remove the knitting needle and make many such rolled strips.
Step 3: Flatten the rolled strips and start curling them to form coils. Glue the ends of each coil.
Step 4: For the frame, cut the cardboard into two rectangles. Let one rectangle form the background, whereas, cut the other rectangle from the middle to create the narrow border or frame. Stick the rectangles along 3 edges, keeping one end open to insert the picture you want to frame.
Step 5: Stick the newspaper coils along the bordered edge and paint if you like before inserting the picture.
3. Newspaper coasters
Step 1: Cut the newspaper into strips, roll it along the knitting needle and curl it up to make coils.
Step 2: Instead of just using the single coil, grab the next rolled strip and curl it beside the first coil. Repeat the process until many coils are curled against each other.
Step 3: You can choose to curl them up in circular or square shape. You can paint your coasters or decorate in any way you like before using them with your cup of hot tea.
4. Plant pot from newspaper
Step 1: Use an old bottle as a measurement for the size of the pot. Cut the newspaper and wrap it around the bottle. Use several sheets.
Step 2: Now fold the newspaper around the bottom of the bottle to form the base of the pot.
Step 3: Remove the bottle gently and find the newspaper sheets held together in the shape of the bottle’s bottom.
Step 4: Fill soil and plant your seeds.
5. Newspaper bags
- Fancy coloured paper or lace paper
Step:1 Cut the newspaper into a long rectangle and fold its two edges to meet overlapped at the centre.
Step 2: Stick the overlapping sheets
Step 3: Fold one end up to 5 cm to form the bottom of the bag. Open the fold.
Step 4: Use the folded line to split both the sheets to form 2 long edges and 2 short triangular ones at the corner. The folded bottom will look like an elongated hexagon.
Step 5: Fold the long edges on both insides to meet at the centre. Glue the overlapping edges.
Step 6: Wait for the glue to dry and gently open the bottom with your hand. You can put the gifts into the bag before sealing it.
Step 7: Fold the upper open edge of the bag 2 cm and stick the lace or fancy paper.
Step 8: You can now make holes in the lace paper to insert the ribbon and tie a bow.
6. Woven basket from newspaper
Step 1: Fold each newspaper sheet into half, then quarters and then into eighths longitudinally. Once you have enough folded strips start weaving.
Step 2: Start interweaving with four strips from the centre and move outwards. If required glue the points where the folds meet.
Step 3: Continue weaving until you have the bottom of the basket done.
Step 4: Now turn the folds vertically to 90 degrees and continue weaving. At the corners, just bend the strips before continuing.
Step 4: At the top end double fold the strip. For strips hanging around just fold them back into the basket.
Step 5: Decorate the top with a ribbon to complete the basket.
Before discarding your old newspapers, think of the wonderful things you could do with them. So tug your creative juices to explore the simple newspaper crafts that can be both unique and homemade.
7.Newspaper wall hangings
Step 1: Cut the newspaper into shapes or drawings as you prefer. You can cut out flowers, animals, hearts or geometric designs.
Step 2: Paint some designs and stick the coloured paper on some.
Step 3: Now stick each of these on a string and create a garland wall hanging.
Step 4: You can also try origami designs, newspaper coils or flowers and string them together as chimes or wall hangings.
8. Flower bouquet craft
- Wire or broomsticks for the stem
Step 1: Cut the newspaper into a circle of circumference 8-12 inches. Cut a spiral path coiled inside the circle keeping a gap of 1 inch around the cut borders.
Step 2: Start from the outside edge and roll the cut spiral strip until you reach the centre.
Step 3: Once the entire circle is rolled you will be holding a flower in your hand. Glue the base of the flower with its petals.
Step 4: Stick the wire to form the stem and create a whole bunch of artificial flowers to adore your vase or gift someone.
Also read: 8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
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