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The Green Life: Recycled Crafts: Dive into Scraps

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July 10, 2012

Recycled Crafts: Dive into Scraps

Paper scrapsWant to liven up your living space? Grab some paper scraps and get creative. For inspiration, we asked expert crafter Kayte Terry to share a few ideas from her book Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper (Workman, 2012).

Tip: Go dumpster diving!

Recycling is great. Repurposing is better! Some of the best craft supplies are found in the recycling bin, cost-free. 

Kayte Terry says that almost any scrap of paper, from "cool packaging to little pieces of wallpaper, paint chips, postage stamps, even the inside of security envelopes," can be reused in crafts. 

Terry organizes her smaller scraps by color in larger envelopes and her bigger pieces of paper by type of paper (lined, wallpaper, card stock, etc.).

Can't use your paper in a craft? Any paper with soy-based inks can be composted, so whatever you don't end up using can be repurposed in other ways. 

Give used paper in the bin a new purpose. What can you find?


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--image by Istockphoto/photka

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