Recycled Newspaper Crafts

For this blog post, I am going to blend two of my favorite things: recycling and making art! It’s the perfect time to exercise the art of craft making, as many people would rather receive a heartfelt, homemade gift than something store bought. So, I am going to share with you a great gift idea you can make using recycled Newspaper!

This craft is a great idea as a gift, and could even be used to create a small business! These are little beads made from recycled paper; you can make necklaces, bracelets, ankles, and even key chains with this concept! The instructions below were borrowed from A Storybook Life.

Step #1 – Gather a small pile of newspapers from the recycling basket.

Step #2 – Rip the paper into small pieces

Step #3 – Put the pieces of newspaper in a large stock pot

Step #4 – Pour enough boiling water over the paper to cover

Step #5 – Allow to sit for an hour or so

Step #6 – Stir the paper to help break it down a bit

Step #7 – Drain as much water out of the paper as you can

Step #8 – Add enough glue to the paper to help it hold together in a ball shape (any glue that is clear when dry – such as Elmer’s, or PVA

Step #9 – Roll the paper into round balls being sure to squeeze out as much moisture as you can while rolling (you can make any size you would like)

Step #10 – Let them dry for a few days – rolling them every several hours – until they are completely dry

Step #11 – Sand each bead down with a bit of sandpaper to remove rough edges

Step #12 – Drill a hole in each bead that is big enough for the material that you want to string them with new bead necklace

Step #13 – Paint them with left over craft paint

Step #14 – Give them a coat of varnish