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If you have a newspaper subscription, don’t just toss that paper into the recycling bin. Make your newspaper pull double duty with these Creative Ways to Reuse Old Newspapers.
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Smart Ways to Reuse Old Newspapers
1. CLEAN WINDOWS TO PREVENT STREAKS.
Newspapers are perfect for washing windows and mirrors, since the lint-free paper naturally prevents streaks. Spray the window with a windows spray cleaner or a 50:50 mixture of white vinegar and water, then quickly wipe clean with a sheet of newspaper in a horizontal motion across the glass.
2. ADD TO YOUR COMPOST PILE.
Almost all clean, untreated paper can be composted. The dry material will help balance the ratio of “green” (carbon-rich) and “brown” (nitrogen-rich) materials in your pile, and since most modern newspapers are printed with plant-based inks, you don’t have to worry about contaminating your compost.
If you have an organic garden or are worried about non-organic inks in your compost pile, go to your local newspaper’s website or contact them directly to find out what they use.
3. USE AS BEDDING FOR VERMICOMPOSTING.
“Vermicomposting” refers to using worms to break down your organic waste and can be used in place of an outdoor compost pile or in addition to give your gardens an alternate fertilizer source. A standard vermicomposting system is made up of three components: a bin, worms, and a handful of bedding, and the most common type of bedding in vermicomposting is newspaper.
4. KEEP FOOD FRESH.
Even if you buy your newspaper in a store, the interior layers are actually really clean, which is why the UK is famous for their fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. Wrap dry foods and leftovers like sandwiches, breads, fruits and veggies, and more to store in the fridge, pantry, or on the go!
5. RIPEN FRUIT.
Wrap fruit in newspaper to help it ripen more quickly.
6. MAKE A BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET.
Fashion a bouquet out of newspaper for a fun art project, DIY home décor, or even to toss at your wedding!
7. LINE YOUR GARBAGE CAN.
Keep your garbage can fresher longer by lining it with newspaper to catch spills that can cause odors.
8. PROTECT REFRIGERATOR DRAWERS.
Of course, you should try to consume foods before they go bad, but you can also prepare for the worst by protecting your fridge’s interior just in case. Use newspaper to line shelves and produce bins to catch and absorb spills for easier cleanup.
9. CREATE UNIQUE CRAFTS.
You might be amazed at what you can create with newspapers – you really are limited only by your imagination and crafting skills! Check out this post for crafting inspiration.
Photo from On the V Side
10. LINE PET CAGES.
Newspaper is perfect for lining a bird cage or shredding for hamster bedding. Just be sure the paper is printed with non-toxic ink (black and white newspaper is usually safe).
11. LIGHT A FIRE.
Use old newspaper to light a fire in the fireplace, at the campsite, and in your burning barrel or fire pit. Make sure the ink is non-toxic, since you don’t want to breathe in toxic fumes.
12. MAKE A PIÑATA FOR A PARTY.
Piñatas make a super fun party game for kids or immature adults (I would LOVE a piñata at my birthday party!). Depending on your skill level, you can make a simple ball shape or an elaborate design – the most important thing is the candy. Learn how to make your own piñata with this helpful tutorial.
13. WRAP GIFTS.
Newspaper makes great free gift wrap, and since you’re just going to throw it away (or recycle), who cares what it looks like? Wrap gifts in 2-3 layers of newspaper to make it more durable.
14. FILL GIFT BASKETS.
Shred newspaper to make an eco-friendly filler for DIY gift baskets and Easter baskets.
15. MAKE LAST MINUTE GIFT BAGS.
You’ll never be without a gift bag again with this easy tutorial!
From How About Orange
16. MULCH YOUR GARDEN.
Non-toxic newsprint makes an excellent garden mulch. Tear the newspaper into strips, and put a layer around your flowers and veggies to keep the soil moist and deter weeds. The newspaper will eventually break down and enrich the soil.
17. USE AS A DROPCLOTH.
Protect your floor while painting or making crafts by placing newspaper under your work area.
18. MAKE A WREATH.
Newspaper can make a surprisingly unique and attractive DIY wreath for your front door. This wreath was made from sheet music, but you could use newspaper as well.
Do you enjoy crafting? Check out these gorgeous DIY wreath inspiration from our sister site, Sarah Blooms:
From Sew Spoiled
19. USE AS PACKING MATERIAL.
Wrap breakables in newspaper for moving or storing, or use loosely crumpled newspapers to fill in extra space inside a box when shipping.
20. GROW PLANTS IN DIY SEEDLING POTS.
Make your own seedling pots out of newspaper to start fruits, veggies, and flowers for your garden.
21. USE AS A TABLECLOTH IN A PINCH.
Newspaper isn’t really pretty enough to use as a tablecloth for more formal meals, but you can use it to protect the picnic table when eating outside or when painting art or DIY projects.
22. DRY SHOES QUICKER.
Crumple dry newspaper into wet shoes to absorb moisture and help them dry more quickly.
23. MAKE FUN SAILOR HATS.
Kids will enjoy this fun DIY that’s perfect for playtime and keepsake photos.
These Fun + Creative Ways to Reuse Newspaper will help you make the most of your subscription instead of just sending them straight to the trash or recycling bin.
What do you think of these ideas? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!