Uses For Old Newspapers

Introduction:Recycle and reuse old newspapers and keep less trash out of the landfills.

  • 01

    Newspaper Craft Projects

    Keep those printed editions of your local news, and turn them into fun. Use newspapers to make wall masks for your childrens' bedroom. Start with an old bowl and a paper mache mixture. Add the newspaper to the mixture and layer strips onto the upturned bowl. Allow each layer to partially dry before adding another. Form features into the mask, like eyes, nose and mouth, as you build the layers. Once you have created a thickness of 1/8th inch or more, let the mask dry overnight. Remove the mask from the bowl and decorate as you wish.

  • 02

    Pet Paper

    If you have pets, you need newspaper. Use the paper to line the bottom of bird cages, shred for hamsters, gerbils and mice. Cover the surrounding surfaces with newspapers when working with the aquarium. Of course, newspapers are also less expensive than puppy pads for house-breaking.

  • 03

    Newspaper Hotpads

    Large dinners means plenty of hot dishes on the table. You may not have enough hotpads to protect the entire table. Layer six or seven sheets of newspaper on the table before you add the tablecloth. Use the hotpads for really hot dishes and place the warm ones directly on the protected table. The newspaper absorbs the heat and keeps the finish from getting ruined.

  • 04

    Camping Mats

    Fold each sheet of newspaper into strips two inches wide. Weave the strips together using a basket-weave technique to form a mat. Place the finished mat into a water-proof bag, like a trash bag and seal with duct-tape. Use these mats any time you are outdoors to keep off the ground. These mats also work well as a kneeling mat for when you weed the garden.

  • 05

    Newspaper In the Garden

    Shred, shred and shred some more. Layer the shredded newspaper into garden beds to act as a weed barrier during the growing season. As the weather decomposes the newspaper, it goes back into the soil to be recycled in a natural manner. Layers of newspaper also provides a walkway between rows of plants in the vegetable garden. To keep the newspaper in place on windy days, place a spade-full of garden soil on the corners of the paper.




Final Thoughts

There are so many other ways to re-use and recycle newspapers. What do you use your newspapers for, after you are done clipping coupons?


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