Today we look at our favourite NEWSPAPER CRAFT IDEAS. The most obvious use for old newspapers, is to use it for paper mache, but the ideas here today are more about newspaper in it’s natural state… so if you do not like papier mache.. do not fear….. these are all “normal” newspaper craft ideas (apart from a couple of papier mache ideas I popped at the bottom of the post!).
Also, newspapers are DIFFERENT to book page crafts , as book pages are usually more durable and easier to craft with. Many crafts on the internet are meant for book pages and not newspapers specifically, but as we don’t all have “old books” to use for crafting, I think newspaper are far more suitable! We have also created a special collection of Easter Crafts From Newspaper, if you are looking for something more seasonal!
How to make creative things with newspaper.. read on to find out!
Making Newspaper Straws & Coils
A great activity for newspapers, is making newspaper straws, which you can then turn into coils. This is a super quick way to turn what is quite fragile paper, into something strong and more versatile!
So to begin, learn how to make Paper Straws – a quick DIY that leads to all sorts of new Straw DIYs for kids. LOVE Newspaper Straws! The video tutorial is also on “auto play” on this post. So you can watch that if you wish.
Once you have made a whole bunch of diy paper straws, you can get crafty, e.g. turn them into these fabulous Straw Christmas Tree Ornaments and cards!
…or Newspaper Stars – love how simple these paper stars are to make! They would look great at both Christmas or 4th July!
If you take your paper straws and then FLATTEN them and curl them up, you can make a series of gorgeous Newspaper Coil Crafts. I have some in this section and then further blow… For example, this seriously adorable and gorgeous Newspaper Swirl Frames! These make great gifts!
Newspaper Spiral Cards (see video for below for the spiral how to!)
Recycled newspaper craft ideas can be really innovative, like these Newspaper bracelets – uses the curls that we demo in the video – but the link only shows photos, no instructions.
Another great newspaper craft idea for decoration is this fun Newspaper coil wall mirror!
More easy Newspaper Craft Ideas for Kids
There are lots of fabulous kids crafts to make from newspapers. We love some simple newspaper orgamie (like the evelopes first up), but also newspapers crafts that you can wear (hats!) or decorate with (flowers!).
Learn how to make a Newspaper Monster Wreath! A frugal wreath idea for kids to help make! And doesn’t it look effective?!
Fun with DIY Newspaper Origami Envelopes. Easy and fun (oh and useful!!). These are really handy if you need “randomm sized” envelopes and just don’t have any “in”. I made some to distribute some school photos I printed off for local mums last year.
Newspaper Bonnets these make a great Easter Craft with newspaper too! These Easter Bonnets have been a LONG term favourite of mine. Though we did indeed make them for Easter (spot, the tissue paper chicks on top of one of the eggs), you can decorate them to suit any dress up occasion. They even featured in my first Kids’ Crafts Book!
Or you can keep it simple, with these Newspaper Hats!
This is a fun guest post for Valentine’s Day a friend created – make some Newspaper Fridge Magnet Love Bugs! Aren’t they adorable? And so happy!
I mentioned, decorating with Newspapers, and these Gorgeous Newspaper Flowers are just the ticket! They, I promise, so so soooo easy to make and love the gorgeous colours. So easy to personalise to suit any occassion!
We have also used old newspapers to mkae cute Newspaper Gift Bags – easy and quick! Just get a pen out, and add some “house” details for extra fun (and still keeping it simple!).
It is great to get kids excited about gardening and growing things. Making Newspaper Seedling pots allows you to get garden active, in an eco friendly but also thrifty way. Newspaper plant pots are really easy to make and virtually free!
Take your favourite origami pattern and give it another go, as we did here with these fun Newspaper Paper Boats!
Recycled Newspaper Craft Ideas to decorate with
We have already looked at the newspaper flowers above, but you can also make whole newspaper garlands! Another thrifty way, to help decorate “large” areas! My favourite ones (I am bias) are the Autumn Leave Newspaper garlands.. but the Valentine’s Day garlands are gorgeous too:
Wonderful Newspaper Leaf Garland! This combines looking for leaves, watercolours and crayons. A really fun arty project that the kids can get really excited about!
A bit of pretty shabby chique, when decorating with this Newspaper Shabby Chic Heart Garland!
Or why not go 3d, with yet more Newspaper Bunting – 3D Heart Newspaper Bunting?
More amazing Newspaper Crafting inspiration
Make newspaper forts and use newspapers as life sized building materials!
Newspaper Mats (no instructions, but see our newspaper coil video and I think you can work out the rest)
Again no instructions (but inspiration) Laquered Newspaper Mats
Wow.. you can even make Newspaper Furniture!! (Sorry no link, website no longer “safe”).
My goodness, did you know you could spin your own NEWSPAPER YARN? Cool Bananas!
Love these Newspaper Coiled ornaments (see our video above to see how to make the “swirls”)
More cute Newspaper Ornaments (no instructions, but you can see what they did..)
Some of our papier mache projects
Finally, though I didn’t want to make this DIY Newspaper Round Up about paper mache.. I did want to quickly share a few “random ideas”, to show how fun papier mache can be…
If you do make some papier mache.. here is our favourite Papier Mache recipe
One of my crazier experiments, I wanted to see if we could make papier mache baubles. For a first try these are not too bad!
A similar experiment shows that you can make Newspaper Papier Mache BEADS too. Mmmh, I may need to practice these some more!
I hope you enjoyed these wonderful Newspaper DIY ideas!!
Looking for more Newspaper DIY resources? Check out our Easter Crafts with Newspapers:
Here is a special Newspaper Crafts & Spiral Making Video
Watch our special Newspaper Craft “Hangout” with Ali from Kids Chaos!
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