The same thing happens every year around this time: the excess paper starts to find it’s way into our homes. It starts with the catalogs in the mailbox. Some days it feels like all I pull out of my mailbox is catalogs! We start making more frequent and larger trips to the grocery store for holiday meals so the paper bags start to accumulate. Shopping trips for gifts or even shopping on-line means paper shopping bags and shipping boxes are everywhere. Holiday entertaining ramps up, friends and relatives are over more often so you are using more paper towels and toilet paper and those little left over cardboard tubes are everywhere. And then there is Christmas morning, which ends in an explosion of wrapping paper from one end of the living room to the next.
Even those of us that are the most diligent at recycling may be tempted to start tossing all of this extra paper aside, but wait, don’t throw anything away just yet! As paper crafters and DIYers let’s not look to the trash can but towards our craft rooms. There are so many ways that you can upcycle most of this extra paper into fun handcrafted items, items that can be used as gifts or fun DIY projects for the family during holiday and winter breaks. Today I am sharing 20 ideas on how to reuse and recycle some of that extra paper in our lives. From paper bowls that could be created from all of those catalogs to recycled paper gift tags, you will be looking at your recyclables in a whole new light.
Recycled Projects for the Crafter
Recycled Projects for the Kids
What was the last project you created with a recycled item?
I started scrapping in 2006 and was quickly addicted!I was an avid scrapper until late summer of 2010 when we started our adoption journey, at that point I was overwhelmed with paperwork (and emotions!) and I had to put something on the back burner in my life but I knew I would eventually come back to it.
We welcomed our daughter home from China in December of 2011 and a few months later I found my groove again and pulled out all of those supplies that had been tucked away.
I started out scrapping again doing traditional layouts, but at the beginning of this year I jumped into Project Life and I love it!
When I’m not scrapping I am usually spending time with our daughters which means library time, going on walks, thrifting (they love it as much as I do!) or watching Kung Fu Panda for the millionth time.I also have an Etsy shop Panda Eight Designs where I sell scrapbooking flair that I design.