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This craft category is a HUGE collection of creative paper repurposing / upcycling / recycling crafts! Paper upcycling crafts, magazine upcycling crafts and newspaper upcycling crafts (paper weaving), creative recycling crafts for kids with paper (toilet paper tube crafts), organizing solutions with cardboard boxes and cereal boxes, cardboard upcycling ideas (cardboard furniture, cardboard toys), toilet paper tube decorations, gardening and life hack ideas with newspapers and magazines,frugal home decors from magazines and many more DIY ideas about paper upcycling and recycling!
DIY Expandable desktop organizer from cardboard (back to school craft)
In this video aPasos Crafts DIY will teach you how to make this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G expandable desk organizer out of simple cardboard. With this expandable desk organizer you will be able to store all of your school supplies in an organized way, because it has 4! different parts where you can store your pencils, pens, papers, clips, erasers, sharpener, notes, washi tapes, scissors, rulers... and many more. Amazing isn't it? And it's just cardboard !
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DIY Paper bag pirate puppets - fun summer craft for kids
Are you ready for some pirate fun ? This paper bag pirate puppet by The Inspiration Edit is such a fun interactive summer craft for kids and a great way to encourage imaginative play and storytelling. ( They are super simple to create and provide hours of fun pretend play at home, at school or even at summer camp! ) Create several different pirate puppets and have fun putting on a puppet show ! ( They would also make a great activity for a pirate theme party. )
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DIY Toilet paper roll Olaf (tp roll snowman) - Frozen craft for kids
Sometimes the simplest kids craft ideas are the best! Take this fun cardboard ( or toilet paper ) roll Olaf by Simple Everyday Mom as an example. Adorable isn't it? Today Sam will show you how to make cute little snowmen with the kids from toilet paper rolls ( with the help of a little paint, craft paper , and a pencil - or you can print the free printable and make it much easier! ). This easy kids craft idea can be a perfect craft project for the kids on a cold winter afternoon, or you can decorate a Frozen themed party with them frugally! ( This paper roll Olaf can be a perfect gift box: just shape it as a pillow box, or wrap it like a candy! )
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DIY cardboard cactus - create a cactus from cardboard!
Who does not love a good cactus craft ? They are on trend and these DIY cactus never prick you! Better yet this crafty version by Jennifer Perkins is a cardboard cactus made from old box so it is recycled! These faux plant projects are stylish enough to appeal to adults, but easy enough for kids to make too. The hardest part is deciding which type of cactus you will make! Get the tutorial and let's get crafting:
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Egg carton snowman - fun winter craft for kids
If you're looking for a quick and easy winter craft, look no further! It's always fun to craft from trash! It’s a great way to encourage kids to care for the environment and it makes the crafting session thrifty too. This time turn egg cartons into adorable snowmen by following along Papelisimo's step-by-step tutorial. This adorable egg carton snowman is not only a great way to recycle some leftover egg cartons , but it’s a really fun project and it’s fast and simple to put together! Watch the video and learn how to make them:
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Cardboard box viking helmet (free template & video tutorial)
With this fun free downloadable wing template that ZygoteBrown Designs developed, you can make this winged viking helmet as well as the horned version! All which are great additions to any dress-up box or for that next costume for Halloween. Once you have made the base cardboard viking hat you can decorate it however you like, either using wings or even horns. Watch the video at the end of the tutorial to learn how to decorate it with fun wings ! If you want to add horns you can find them in Zygote's site with many other fun cardboard costume ideas !
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DIY Jewelry organizer box from paper junks
With this super detailed video craft tutorial you can create this gorgeous and practical j ewelry organzer easily in an afternoon! If you love upcycling and organizing this is a perfect craft project for you! This paper tube and cardboard box jewelry organziner is not just only a super cheap jewelry ornaginzing alternative, but it's also a perfect decor for the girls room! You can create the organizers with any craft paper ( or leftower wrapping papers ) , or simply cover it with paint ( and decorate later with decoupage, stickers, blings etc.. )
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DIY Board game marble labyrinth from cardboard
Board game fans, today The Q will shows you how to make a marble labyrinth game easily from cardboard ! This cardboard box marble labyrinth game is extremely fun to play and also super fun to make! You can change the level in your marble labyrinth board game and play again and again. ( Or you can create your own cardboard box labyrinth designs from super easy to extremely hard difficulties ) This frugal and easy to make board game will be your kids ( and your ) favorite game we guarantee it! Watch this nice step-by-step video tutorial and learn how to make your own marble maze with a few sheets of cardboard !
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DIY Baking paper Christmas tree ornaments
In this video tutorial Thoughts for Happy Minds will teach you how to make these fluffy paper snowflakes / Christmas tree ornaments using baking paper sheets. These paper pom-poms are super easy and fun to make, and they make a great DIY Christmas craft to try out with your children. These baking paper ornaments are also surprisingly quick to put together. ( If you haven't got baking paper / parchment paper at home, you could try it with tissue paper or paper napkins as well! ) Watch the video tutorial and learn how to make it. Happy holidays!
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How to make ATM piggy bank for kids from cardboard
This Easy to make ATM Machine Piggy Bank is a Fun Toy for Kids. You can use both currency notes and coins. This functional cardboard box ATM piggy bank is extremely fun to use and also super fun to make ! All you need is to create one fun ATM piggy bank for yourself ( or for the kids ) is: a few sheets of cardboard , and 3 spring s! This frugal and easy to make cardboard ATM piggy bank will be your kids ( and your ) favorite we guarantee it! Watch this nice step-by-step video tutorial and learn how to make your own cardboard ATM piggy bank with a few sheets of cardboard !
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How to make paper clay from newspaper (paper clay recipe)
We fall in love with this super quick and super cheap homemade paper clay! DIY paper clay is different from paper mache in that you create a clay like mass , instead of using paper mache paste and strips of paper. You can make this paper clay using shredded paper or newspapers. watch this nice and easy video paper clay making tutorial by RedTedArt and learn how to make your very own frugal paper clay !
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Easy paper pumpkin lanterns with paper mache
Do you have Halloween pumpkin lanterns in your front yard yet? If you haven't got artistic pumpkin carving talent, or you just need a simple inexpensive jack'o lantern alternative try this brillant craft idea: the paper mache pumpkins!  These lanterns are created with paper mache, a simple but genious craft tecnique, out of tissue paper that’s thin enough for the flame to shine through! Paper mache is absolutelly inexpensive, all you need is a little paper (orange tissue paper or newspaper) and a little homemade paper mache glue (from flour and water! If you need a nice homemade paper mache glue recipe search for "glue" in our site!)
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DIY Paper plate bunny wreath - Easter wreath
These paper plate bunny wreaths by Kids Craft Room can be made in just minutes and are a fun way to decorate the house or classroom for Easter when you’re short on time. This paper plate bunny wreath is such a fun and inexpensive craft! If you need a fun kids craft to do with a whole class of children without breaking the bank, this craft is the perfect choice for you! In this step-by-step tutorial Kids Craft Room will teach you how to make this fun paper plate bunny wreath in no time:
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DIY Interactive paper sailboat - summer craft for kids
This time I Heart Crafty Things and Artsy Craftsy Kids share this super fun and simple summer paper craft with you! This paper plate sailboat craft is super simple to make and is perfect as a playful summer craft. You could also make this fun interactive paper plate sailboat craft any time of the year after learning about sailing or to go along with a favorite ocean adventure themed children’s book. Preschooler s might also enjoy playing with this craft while singing row row row your boat. ( Just swap the sailboat to a boat ) So many fun possibilities!
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How to make magazine beads (paper beads)
Make magazine beads ! Magazine beads are a popular craft amongst children and teens but in fact they originated in Africa, where people make them for a living . Magazine ( paper ) beads are fun, easy and frugal! And also colorful and above all provide a bit of much needed upcycling. She made her magazine beads child friendly with a nice wide opening so that your children can manage the beading. ( but you can make them as neat as you like – using a toothpick as a centre. ) Watch the how to make paper beads video and create your very own magazine beads ready to bead a gorgeous eco-friendly necklace ! ( This method is similar to the base technique of quilling ! )
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Toilet paper roll angels
This angel is super-simple and you get to upcycle an empty toilet roll in the process (or a paper towel roll cut in half), so that makes it even better! Toilet roll angels are a classic Christmas craft, you may well have made one before with your kids or when you were a kid yourself. Her version uses paper doilies for the wings, but if you don’t have those you can just cut them out of paper or card stock – anything goes really and there are no rules.
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DIY heart shaped book page wreath
With this great video craft tutorial make a pretty, heart shaped wreath with recycled cardboard , and old book and a glue gun. It's a perfect cheap Valentine's day home decor , but you can make it in any other shape. If you love rustic/vintage style this c raft idea is a perfect choice for you!
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DIY phone case and mobile phone holder from milk carton
Do you love upcycling ? Are you looking for an easy, quick, inexpensive but still unique and useful mobile case ? Try this cute mobile phone case& holder made from recycled milk cartons ! This phone case completelly made from milk cartons ! Unbelievable, isn't it? We love m ilk cartons because it's super easy to handle and almost costs nothing! You can easily personalise this beautiful and useful mobile case&phone holder with different color and pattern p apers. Watch this nice step-by-step video tutorial on how to create one mobile case & mobile stand for yourself ( or for as a nice gift ) easily in minutes!
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Pop up daffodil flower craft - fun spring craft for kids
Spring is just about here and the days are finally starting to warm up. This fun pop up daffodil craft by Kids Craft Room is the perfect way to celebrate springtime, Easter or Mother’s Day! This pop up daffodil craft lets kids grow their own spring flowers time and time again. Little hands can pull the daffodil flowers down to hide them in the grassy hill and then a simple push lets them grow and bloom upwards just like real daffodil flowers! This pop up daffodil craft is so much fun and goes well with springtime learning projects or as a cute Mother’s Day craft or Easter craft too.
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DIY Paper mache ghost Halloween bowl
Gustamonton has instructions on how to create a fun Halloween bowl out of simple newspaper , perfect for all the treats your little tricksters will bring home. In this video tutorial Gustamonton will show you how to make a fun container for those yummy Halloween candies ! This little paper mache ghost bowl is super easy to make and the best: it's almost costs nothing! It's really just a bunch of newspaper and a little glue! So, watch this craft tutorial and create your own paper mache Halloween treat bowl:
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DIY Paper plate frisbee - fun summer craft for kids
We love all things simple, which might be why love paper plate crafts so much! No need for anything too fancy, expensive or complicated. This paper plate frisbee by Crafts By Amanda is a fun summer project for kids that can be made easily and with little supervision. When the frisbees are done, have fun tossing your new paper plate frisbee around with your friends. This paper plate frisbee craft is great for spring, summer, or as a group project.
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Book angels with magazine hair - recycling origami
What happens to books , when we didn't need them anymore? Some go to the land-fill, some go to the recycle bin... And some become ANGELS ! Join Yoko Komori Olson as she takes you step-by-step through the fun process of transforming books that were destined for the land-fill, or recycle bin, into beautiful decorative Christmas gifts ! These cute book angels are super easy to make and even their hair is repurposed material : magazines! With this nice step-by-step video tutorial making of book angels will be a piece of cake, and you can find >>here << the video instructions on how to make their culry magazine hair
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Toilet paper roll bats - Halloween craft for kids
These hanging bat party favors are a great Halloween craft. Kids can make these hanging bats to decorate for Halloween or fill them full of treats for party favors. The supplies are inexpensive and they come together quickly. This toilet paper tube hanging bat  is great party favor that also makes a great party decoration! And it almost cost's nothing to make!  This toilet paper tube craft is very easy, even the smallest crafty hands can make some to decorate the  classroom or the kindergarten at Halloween! This bat also can be a perfect halloween gift if you fill them up with small candies/treats!
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DIY music instruments from junks - drums and castanet
Feeling musical ? You won't beat todays Art Attack as Lloyd teaches you how to make a funky music set ! And the best is in this fun kids craft idea is: it's almost consists of only household "junks"! With these fun homemade instruments your kids can develop their musical skills and learn rhythm in a playful and fun form! You can use mason jar /glass lids or beer caps to create a castanet with more metallic sound, and make a bigger drum set with more tones ( or by adding larger buckets ).
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DIY Wooden bead Christmas carolers - fun Christmas craft for kids
If you're looking for a quick and easy Christmas craft, look no further! It's always fun to craft from trash! It’s a great way to encourage kids to care for the environment and it makes the crafting session thrifty too. This time turn egg cartons into adorable Christmas carolers by following along Pysselbolaget's step-by-step tutorial. This adorable egg carton angel ( or Christmas caroler ) is not only a great way to recycle some leftover egg cartons , but it’s a really fun project and it’s fast and simple to put together! Read the tutorial and learn how to make them:
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Magnet maze game from paper plates
This paper plate magnet maze is a really clever afternoon activity! Kids will love these! This  paper plate maze would also be a great project to do for a party event, or when you just need a quick craft project  for those lazy summer afternoons. Thus, if you have a paper plate, dowel, and markers already lying around the house, go on a quick trip to pick up some magnets at the craft store, then get started on this summer project as soon as possible. You can create these fun maze games with any theme, the possibilities are endless! Use your creativity!
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Collepsible playhouse from cardboard
If you don't have lots of space in your home, and you are looking for a cheap , fun and eco friendly kids room decoration  this cardboard playhouse is a perfect choice! This playhouse can be easily disassembled and stored behind your big dining room cabinet when not in use. You can make it from thick carboard boxes or  foam boardsFoam board would be the quickest/easiest material to work with. A foam board playhouse certainly won't last forever, but you can use this nice house template for a masonite version that your kid can use outside too.
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