DIY: Repurpose Print

Updated: Dec 02, 2010 11:18
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Isn’t it funny how newspapers and magazines are clutter, while books are totally permissible to keep in large numbers? It’s true though '“ I’ve moved a fat stack of magazines from one apartment to another, and everyone always thinks I’m some crazy hoarder until I use the pages to make them envelopes'or wrapping paper'or saint candles'.or decorative lighters'.you’re seeing my point, no? Magazine and newspapers are easy raw material for a plethora of projects '“ and impromptu wall art and collages are just the beginning.

You green thumb types will dig the completely compostable seedling pots'which pretty much involve rolling a newspaper into a funnel shape then folding the bottom up. Yep Folding. Pretty complicated, right?
If you’re feeling confident about those folding abilities, try out the newspaper gift bags '“ these involve some cutting and gluing as well, but you’re basically still just folding newspaper into a box and gluing down the edges.
When you’re feeling ambitious, or you’ve finally got the Walking Dead downloaded and a grip of time on your hands, try weaving paper. Start off basic, like a basket or the ever ubiquitous coaster set, then get creative:

Weaving with paper will require spending a lot of time cutting paper into strips, then weaving the strips into overlapping patterns but the perfect irony of taking your clutter and making a handy box out of it is just too good to pass up. (If you’re looking to extend the life of your paper project, consider sealing it with silicone.)

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A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.


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