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32 Earth Day Paper Crafts

Save the Earth, one paper craft at a time! These projects use thrifty and recycled materials.

By: Krista Childers, Editor, AllFreePaperCrafts.com
32 Earth Day Paper Crafts

Our world is the only one we have, so it is important to try and conserve, protect, reduce, reuse, and recycle while we are here. This collection includes 32 Earth Day Paper Crafts to help you go "green" with recycling ideas this Earth Day (and any other day). If you are not familiar, Earth Day is celebrated every year in the United States on April 22. It was first held in 1970 by founder Senator Gaylord Nelson. This day is an important celebration of what we have: clean air, water, and land. Though, it is also as much about awareness of the depletion of our natural resources and what we can do to help keep the earth around for as long as possible.

Many of us take these natural elements for granted. As technology progresses, we are using less and less paper, however, there is still an abundance of paper materials used in everyday life. From paper grocery bags to cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls to paper towel rolls, and magazines to newspapers, we are surrounded by paper. It's wonderful when you can combine your love of crafting with environmentally-friendly actions.

While looking at these recycling projects, it will become obvious how very versatile paper can be. These Earth Day crafts include card making ideas, DIY paper flowers, kid-friendly crafts, and even toys. There are also tons of home decor ideas you would never believe are made out of recyclables. Clocks, picture frames, bags, lamps, complete organization systems, and more. Because of the variety amongst these paper craft ideas, they have been sorted by material.

Below you will find recycled crafts primarily made of cardboard and toilet paper rolls, then newspaper, book, and recycled magazines, and finally other materials. It only takes a small step in the right direction to make a difference. You might as well start with something fun like these paper crafts!

PLUS! Learn how to make a bowl out of papier mache with this video tutorial right below. It's a fantastic and functional way to go green.

Cardboard and Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly

We all use toilet paper and the cardboard roll that is left can actually be used in all sorts of projects. It's sturdy yet pliable, which is why there are so many craft ideas dedicated to toilet paper rolls. Kids will love making their own DIY Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly or penguin. Adults will also love these amazing ideas, such as the fantastic wall decor projects we have listed below. We guarantee that no one will guess that your new clock or desktop organizer is made from.

Newspaper, Book, and Recycled Magazine Crafts

Rainbow Recycled Magazine Crafts

Go green by saving all of your old books, newspapers, magazines, and other paper products to make something unexpected this Earth Day. Like toilet paper roll crafts, magazines and other paper crafts make wonderful materials to create with. These Ravishing Rustic Book Page Pumpkins are the ideal fall decor. Also, this phone stand is something you won't know how you lived without once you make and use it. These unique paper crafts cannot be beaten for either looks or budget.

Other Paper Craft Ideas Using Recyclables

Thrifty Recycled Paper Baskets

Paper bags, papier mache, and cocktail napkins are only some of the paper materials used in the paper craft ideas below. Paper dolls, bowls, baskets, homemade paper, and wall art, among others, can be made by following these tutorials. The Rustic Chic Paper Bag Lamp is one of most stunning pieces we've seen on AllFreePaperCrafts, and we are excited to have to give it a try. Transform your home and minimize your carbon footprint all while paper crafting.

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I love when I can create on a budget and even more when I can use recycled items. It's always more impressive in the end, too.

There are so many great earth-friendly ideas on this page! I especially love the magazine crafts, like the Rainbow Recycled Magazine Crafts, because I have dozens of old magazines I've been looking for a way to craft with!

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