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26 Recycled Materials Crafts with Paper

From toilet paper roll crafts for kids to impressive DIY home decor, no one will guess these projects were made with recyclables!

By: Dana Byerwalter, Editor, AllFreePaperCrafts.com
26 Recycled Materials Crafts with Paper

Paper projects are some of the best crafts around. There are so many different types of paper and so many different projects to make with it! Even though these are such fun crafts, there is a little guilt that accompanies paper crafting. After all, we all know what paper is made of. That's why we've put together this collection of 26 Recycled Materials Crafts with Paper!

Now you can feel great about your paper crafting because you're salvaging leftover materials for your paper projects. Find your latest crafting inspiration with upcycling when you complete any of these recycled materials crafts.

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PLUS! Check out the video right below to see how to make your own picture frame from old magazines. So cool!

Book Crafts

Mini Eco-Friendly Scrapbook

If you need a great idea for a scrapbook, photo album, journal, or bookmark, here are some great book crafts for you. You can show off your family photos in style, and no one will know that you're doing it with leftover materials. Impress your loved ones when you make professional-quality journals and albums out of brown grocery bags, ribbon spools, and more recycled materials.

Best Ways to Organize

Recycled Plug Organizer

Desktop organization can cost a fortune at your nearby office supply store, so why not make your own organizers out of cereal boxes, Pringles cans, and other used packaging? You can dress up old mason jars for many of your storage needs, and while you're at it, keep the rest of your house organized with repurposed canisters. You'll never want to spend money on storage supplies again.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Put It on the Map Gift Bag

Gift wrapping is often the most underappreciated part of the gift. You can cut costs on this aspect of gift-giving and wow your loved ones with any of these creative gift wrapping ideas. Why buy a gift box when you can repurpose a cereal box? Why buy gift tags when you can repurpose old wrapping paper? Find all sorts of ideas to strike up some gift wrapping inspiration.

DIY Home Decor and More Ideas

Crafty Coffee Filter Wreath

Not exactly sure what you want to make with all of your recycled materials? Try any of these various DIY home decor projects. Amaze your guests at your next party when you make your own napkin rings, or decorate for fall in style with a coffee filter wreath. You'll find home decor projects from across the spectrum, and we even have a few little extra projects for your DIY inspiration.

What's your favorite recycled item to work with when paper crafting?
Let us know in the comments below.

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I like recycling wrapping paper. At Christmas time I use old wrapping paper to make new ornaments. It can be used in so many ways from decorating a cardboard box to use for storage to cutting out favorite small pieces to make jewelry charms out of. The uses are huge. Instead of tearing into a gift next time and throwing the paper away, save it and use it to make another gift for yourself or someone else.

I love being able to use recyclables when crafting. Such awesome ideas!

I like to make wreath forms using old sturdy cardboard boxes I like to make paper flowers using old books, maps, magazines I like to use toilet paper rolls to make ornaments and to hold party favors I like to use old newspaper as wrapping paper...

I am a huge tea lover and I would love to receive this sweet gift. It would be nice if we could all own the Fuse Creativity System Starter Set by Fiskars, but some of us do not. I think almost the same effect could be achieved with some card stock, nice pens, and double sided tape or glue. We are creative! We can figure this out!

Oh I love the recycled books! I've been meaning to get into book making for a long time!

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