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Suggestions for Used Papers

Hello everyone! I would like your suggestions on what to do/craft with used papers. The paper that I'm talking about is paper that has been used both sides, so it can't be used to make recycled notebooks or the like. Any suggestions (other than recycling it into new paper, if possible) are really really appreciated! I have tons of them in my shelves, and I kind of feel bad of just throwing them away...

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patchworkorange
Jan. 15th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
I've seen some pretty amazing art journals and such with used paper...they just paint over the surface to create a "clean" slate for collage, ink work etc.

Just a little idea :)
kasumi14
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Ah! It never came across my mind to paint it...although, my stack of papers are just plain HVS paper, I guess it wouldn't be thick enough to be painted..but that's a nice idea - I'll keep it in mind, thank you!
narwahlz
Jan. 15th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe something paper mâché? Or quilling/rolled art? Look at sites like Pinterest - they have great ideas and inspiration. Be warned; it's kind of addictive.
kasumi14
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
I have never made a paper mache before, but I'll jot it down. Thank you!
heather_potatoe
Jan. 18th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest quilling as well. Origami may be fun, too.
queenmaggie
Jan. 15th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
easiest; tear them up and throw them in the compost. Most people need more carbon in there.
Make paper roses. make papier mache. shred for confetti. taer and collage. shred for packing material.
kasumi14
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've never heard of making compost with paper, but if that's possible, that's totally a great idea! I'll research is further. Thank you very much!
ari_griffin
Jan. 15th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Can you use it to practice origami?
kasumi14
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
Origami...I can, but there's quite a lot of it (almost 2-3 rim of paper), but it's a great idea! Thank you!
jasperkitty
Jan. 15th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Have you considered soaking it with water, turning it back into pulp, tossing in some flower petals or confetti, and turning it back into handmade paper?

paint or screen print over it?

Cut into small squares and make into mosaics?
kasumi14
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm, by tossing some flower petals, you mean real flowers right? Wow, that has never crossed my mind before. I'll definitely try it sometime later! I've been thinking about making handmade papers, but I have like, 2-3 rims of it - but this is a great idea!

Screen print? May I ask what is screen print? I've never heard of it before..

But these are great ideas! Thank you very much!
redvixen
Jan. 16th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
Depending on what's on the paper and whether or not you want anyone else to see it, you could always use the paper for matting pictures, either as a backdrop or as a frame around the picture.

Or, if you do other crafts, can you incorporate the paper into them? For example, when I make plastic canvas boxes, I either use extra canvas or cardboard to help make the sides stiffer. Using paper sheets would also work.

Continuing on the stuffing theme, roll them up and place them in socks to make interesting displays you can swap around. Fold the papers into fans and hang on your walls or from the ceiling.

There are tons of paper crafts available online. Check out sites like Pinterest, Craftsy, Free Patterns, or just do a search and see what comes up.
kasumi14
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Well, they are just your everyday HVS document papers. Plastic canvas boxes? That sounds pretty interesting! Thank you!

There are tons of paper crafts ideas, but I have tons of them - almost 3 rims of them - so I was thinking for ways to get rid of them in large batch at once. But the crafts you mention are very interesting, thanks!
redvixen
Jan. 20th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry about not getting back to you sooner. Been having some RL crises to deal with.

Okay, when you said you have lots I was thinking a shelf or two not 3 rims lol.

So, packing supplies, donate to schools/after-school centers/rec centers or anyplace where kids gather for activities like the Y or Boys Club or whatever is in your area, donate for recycling drives, see if anyplace buys used paper for recycling or other purposes (some pet places take used paper for lining the floors of cages), or just have a good old bonfire in the fireplace or back yard (safely of course).

If you want to hang onto them until Halloween you could bundle and wrap in waterproof material (oilcloth or waterproofed brown paper, etc) to make "haystacks" or other piles for yard decorations. Or use to make "presents" for Christmas displays. Don't know if they could be used for displays for any other holidays.

As for the plastic canvas boxes I make, I made a post shortly after Christmas showing the one I made for my mom this past year. Here are the pictures again:

http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/redvixen/547968/7084/7084_900.jpg

http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/redvixen/547968/6749/6749_900.jpg
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