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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!
Adorable DIY beehive kids room decor from toilet paper rolls
With this brilliant recycling craft idea / kids' room decor project you can upcycle some plastic and paper junk ( toilet paper rolls and Kinder Surprise plastic eggs ) , and decorate the kids room in a fun way at spring ! This adorable plastic egg and toilet paper roll beehive craft can be also a perfect toy to learn numbers! In this nice craft blog you will find a nice step-by-step tutorial on how to make a fun beehive kids' room decor from almost nothing! This tp roll beehive and plastic kinder suprise egg bee craft is so easy, even the smallest crafty hands can create one!
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DIY vintage spring egg decor with papermache and flowers
If you love vintage/skandinavian style gorgeous spring/Easter home decors you will love this super easy and inexpeansive craft project ! This papermache egg flower basket is super easy to make , and also very inexpensive, because you can use old newspapers and homemade papermache glue to make it ( flour+water ) ! If you would like to use a real flower arrangement or a potted flower to decorate you papermache egg, simply put a mason jar inside: this way water won't ruin the paper and you can enjoy your gorgeous spring decor for a long time! You can paint or decorate the papermache eggs as much as you want and use any kind of colorful spring flowers you love the most!
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Egg carton goldfish craft for kids
For a super fun summer project, try this egg carton goldfish craft by The Craft Train! In this summer , instead of throwing those egg cartons away, use them for a fun summer egg carton craft : create egg carton goldfishes ! They are all super simple and so much fun to make with your children! And don't they look super adorable?! Egg carton crafts are a great way to let kids have a little fun while expressing them creatively.
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DIY Rocking paper plate Santa - fun Christmas craft for kids
Why make a regular paper plate Santa when you can make one that doubles up as a toy ? This fun little rocking paper plate Santa craft by Easy Peasy And Fun isn’t just for making : once done you can push it and it will rock left and right and even slightly forward or backward, depending on how you push it. Fun, isn't it? Or you can use the finished paper plate Santas as an ornament : just hang it on a string. This fun little Santa craft makes a pretty cute classroom or home decoration ! Besides of it's super fun and adorable, It’s also super easy ! Ready to make one? Let’s get Christmas crafting :
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Easy quick last-minute lego halloween costume for kids
Sometimes the easiest costume ideas are the best! Not just because they are super quick, easy and inexpensive but because they're also super fun!  This funny lego costume can be made literally in minutes with a cardboard box and some plastic containers. This fun Halloween or dress up party lego costume is also a nice way to repurpose some plastic and paper trash which is also a great thing! This lego costume can be  a great family or group costume as well because you can make small and large lego blocks in lots of different colors from shoe and cardboard boxes easily!
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Toilet roll easter bunny pompom popper ( pompom shooter )
Here is a fun, easy kids craft for easter:  an easter bunny pompom shooter / popper from toilet paper rolls! This is a super fun toy for kids (and not just for easter)! Pop a pom pom inside, pull the balloon knot down, let go and see how far it goes! Seriously, this one will keep the kiddos entertained for a while. You can use this shooter toy for other parties/ocassions as well: just use confetti/small candies or rice instead of pompoms! You can create a colorful bullseye from cardboard as a nice addition to your toilet paper tube bunny  shooter and create a fun easter family scoring game!
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DIY Japanese book binding - how to make a sketchbook
In this video tutorial you can learn how to do a 4-hole Japanese binding. This is the basic traditional method of Japanese bookbinding ( or stab binding ). Stab bindings allow you to make books that are not possible with other bindings. For instance, in a pamphlet-stitch book, each leaf, or page, cannot have a different color. But in a stab-bound book , you can use scraps of different weights, textures and colors as long as they are the same size or can be cut to the same size. This is the perfect project for someone looking to try a scrapbook or family memento book!
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How to make paper easily
Use your old newspapers and magazines to make beautiful handmade paper in any color using acrylic paints and easy to find supplies! It's not just a perfect way to recycle almost every type of paper junks but this beautiful and special, natural looking homemade paper i s a perfect craft material for almost all craft projects ! You won't believe how easy is to make paper at home! You can spice up the papers ( before it dries out completely ) with flower petals or other decorations.
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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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DIY Snowman windsock - fun toilet paper roll winter craft for kids
Take recycled toilet paper roll crafts to a whole new level with Easy Peasy And Fun's amazing snowman windsock toilet paper roll craft! These adorable little DIY snowman windsocks are a great way to put those toilet paper rolls to good use! We hope you have a bunch of paper rolls stored as there is no chance you will do just one winter windsock toilet paper roll craft. Get the tutorial at easypeasyandfun.com and recycle your toilet paper rolls into cute snowman windsocks:
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Easy DIY paper plate snowman face - Christmas craft for kids
Let’s make a paper plate snowman craft! This one will shine and sparkle just like it would if it were made out of real snow. This easy DIY  paper plate snowman face is perfect both as a Christmas craft or as a winter craft. You can even staple together 2 or 3 paper plates and make the whole snowman body. The kids will be so proud they can help decorate for Christmas! This  paper plate snowman craft is super easy to make and so cute, it can be a perfect home or classroom decor at Christmas / winter !
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Egg carton train - fun egg carton craft for kids
When it comes to crafting with kids, there's one magical material that always comes through: paper. Repurpose your recyclable paper egg cartons into a wonderful craft that will have your kids cracking up: create this lovely little egg carton train! Craft Train will teach you how to make this lovely little train in no time, out of a simple egg carton . Isn't it wonderful? You may need to help the kids with the small fiddly bits, but the boys ( or girls ) can help out plenty, and the kids will love playing with these fun DIY toys once you’re done! Get the step-by-step tutorial at thecrafttrain.com and let's get crafting :
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DIY Carousel horse costume for kids
With a little paint and cardboard, a whimsical carousel horse costume can make all your child’s dreams come true! And for under $5, this cute Halloween (or dress up partycostume is a win for parents too. The free templates for the carousel horse can be found in this nice craft blog as well!  Feel free to be creative with the colors and decorations ! And don’t hesitate to make this adorable Halloween or dress up party costume for an adult! It's super easy to size up and carousel horses are NEVER too juvenile :)
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DIY stackable easter egg gift box from toilet paper rolls
This brilliant and funny stackable easter egg / chick gift box is a perfect way to gift small sweets / jewelries for easter. And all you need is to create them some toilet paper tubes , a little bit of paint and glue! This stackable toilet paper roll easter ( matrjoska style ) gift box is a super fun and easy easter ( kids ) craft idea , and it doesn't require special craft materials! With this funny and detailed step-by-step craft video tutorial you can make them easily and it will bring smile to anyone face who will get it!
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DIY Paper plate bunny mask - fun Easter craft for kids
This cute whiskered paper plate Easter bunny mask by Kids Craft Room is a really easy spring craft and something children of all ages will enjoy having in their dressing up box all year round. This paper plate bunny mask is super easy to make and so much fun to wear! We love the idea of kids dressing up in these adorable bunny masks and all the Easter role play they inspire. Now you can make them too with Kids Craft Room 's step-by-step tutorial. Who wouldn’t enjoy being an Easter bunny at this time of year?
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DIY Desk organizer (pencil holder) from cardboard
This fun and useful cardboard art supply organizer is not just only a low budget and super fun way to store your coloring stuff but it can be also a perfect gift for any occasion! Watch this nice detailed craft video tutorial and learn how to make one useful cardboard office desk organizer in minutes! To create your own cardboard art supply organizer you will need: sturdy cardboard pieces, some wrapping paper and glue! You can store pencils, sharpies, notebooks, drawing papers, pens and and other things in it, so this little stationery organizer box can be a perfect addition to your office desk !
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DIY play kitchen for kids with cardboard boxes
Do you have a few empty cardboard boxes in your garage? Don't throw them out! Luckily, a whole new life awaits them as an adorable play kitchen for kids! This darling cardboard kitchen gives a second life to those old cardboard boxes ! This cardboard box upcycling project is not just a super way to save money but its also a brilliant way to create a unique and fun toy for your kids. You can add to this toy kitchen any extra decorations or utensils that you want from cardboard or simple household " trash " , and of course you can create other play sets with this fun cardboard box recycling idea ( imagine a play garden shed, a work station with tools, or a car repair station! )
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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 Easy dice costume for kids - costume from cardboard box
Are you looking for a cute, fun ( or last minute ) Hallowen costume for couples / twins ? Try this super cute dice costume ! Everyone who see this in your neighborhood will love it! And we bet that you will be the only one around that have such a unique and adorable costume. Sugar Bee Crafts will teach you how to make this quick, frugal and adorable little boxtume ( box costume ) in no time from simple household materials such as cardboard boxes :
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DIY Toilet paper roll Santa, snowman, reindeer and elf - Christmas craft for kids
If you’re looking for easy Christmas crafts for kids then you’ll love these Christmas toilet paper roll crafts by The Best Ideas For Kids! Kids love to create crafts with toilet paper rolls and the best part is that toilet paper rolls can be recycled into a fun Christmas craft activity. The Best Ideas For Kids will show you how to turn your toilet paper rolls into 4 different Christmas characters:
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Pom pom ice cream garland
We love pom pom crafts! It’s easy and everyone can choose their favorite colors! With pieces of an egg carton she will turn the pom poms into to ice creams, and the ice creams into a garland ! Festive, don’t you think? It's a super easy and cheap  kids summer craft idea (and also perfect for repurposing some paper junk). You just need a little leftover yarn, scissors, egg cartons, acrylic paint and a brush. These cute pom pom ice creams are perfect decorations in any summer (kids') party or the kids can use them as fun toys in the boring summer days.
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Paper bag Christmas star lanterns - Christmas decor
Stick paper bags together, and you've got a gorgeous Christmas star ! This simple fold-and-cut trick yields a very intricate and festive homemade Christmas decoration for your home. Make your own gorgeous DIY paper bag star for the Holidays with Craft And Creativity's step-by-step tutorial. You could attach a string of lights inside the finished paper stars, which will brighten up those dark winter evenings.
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DIY Cardboard easter bunny bean bag toss
She made a really simple Cardboard Easter Bunny Bean Bag Toss game with a large piece of cardboard and added some carrot bean bags to toss in. This is so adorable and clever! It's a very good and fun easter or spring indoor activity for kids.
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DIY Magazine gift bow - gift bow making tutorial
Give your holiday gifting a modern spin by opting for magazine gift bows instead of classic ribbons. These handmade ( Christmas ) gift bows by Origami Twist are so easy to personalize! You can use magazines, wrapping paper, patterned paper, or old book pages in colors that coordinate with your wrapping paper. Christmas is the season to wrap thoughtfully chosen gifts , and shouldn't the outside match the gift within? Make your own cool custom gift toppers with your favorite decorative wrapping paper and this easy-to-follow DIY paper gift bow tutorial!
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DIY cardboard fireplace - gorgeous winter or Christmas decor
This video is a step by step tutorial on how to make a fireplace with recycled cardboard. This cardboard box fireplace is a good idea to decorate your home at Christmas , but you can have it all year, because it's so gorgeous and useful to display small decors . This cardboard box fireplace was made as if it were a cardboard furniture , so it is very strong, just like wood. Whith is super video craft tutorial making one gorgeous cardboard box fireplace will be a piece of cake, and everyone will be jelaous to your new Christmas /winter decor creativity!
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Easy DIY mobil phone stands from toilet paper rolls
If you love simple & fun upcycling crafts this toilet paper roll mobile phone holder by The Seaman Mom is just a perfect craft project for you (and the kids)! These adorable mobile phone holders are really super easy to make (and also very inexpensive) because you just need simple household materials to make one! This little handmade mobile stand can be a perfect craft project for your kids/teens or for yourself at any time of the year because this little toilet paper roll mobile phone holder can be really handy in so many situations:
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DIY Dancing Christmas elf - newspaper craft for kids
It’s that time of year when our minds turn to Christmas crafts - isn’t it? We just adore the opportunities the festive holidays brings for all sorts of colorful and jolly arts and crafts for kids . This year kick off the season with an adorable dancing newspaper elf craft by Kids Craft Room! You can of course make this cheeky elf from ordinary paper or card but we love the recycled element! Not only does this newspaper dancing elf craft look super cute but you can play with it too and make it dance ! It has long legs that are folded in a way that allows them to move freely as if the elf was dancing a jolly Christmas jig!
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DIY gingerbread house gift or cake boxes from cardboard
Which can be better to wrap your presents than a gorgeous gift/cake box that costs almost nothing? Thats why we love upcycling! This cute gingerbread house gift box has made from a simple cardboard box with a corrector pen! Brilliant idea, isn't it? You can use these adorable and magical gingerbread boxes to wrap your handmade presents/cakes or you can simply use them as gorgeous winter/christmas decors in your home. The cardboard box gingerbread houses will look good in any size, so you can create a whole winter wonderland village! (You could bake a few gingerbread man as villagers as well!)
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DIY fabric wrapped mobile phone case with extra pockets
Do you love upcycling ? Are you looking for an easy, quick, inexpensive but still unique and useful mobile case ? Try this cute fabric covered mobile phone case ! This phone case completelly made from cardboard ! Unbelievable, isn't it? We love cardboard because it's super easy to handle and almost costs nothing! You can easily personalise this beautiful and useful mobile case with different color and pattern fabrics. Watch this nice step-by-step video tutorial on how to create one fabric covered cardboard mobile case for yourself ( or for as a nice gift ) easily in minutes!
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Woven star christmas ornament
This beautiful christmas star ornament is made from vintage book pages.  Traditionally, this type of ornament would be made from reed, or birch bark, or wood veneer, though some crafters like to use cardboard or paper.
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Rocking paper plate reindeer - fun Christmas craft for kids
It's time to create fun reindeer-themed kids crafts! We just love simple paper crafts here on Mindy and are super excited to show you this fun and easy paper plate Rudolph craft by Easy Peasy And Fun. Aren’t they super adorable? These colorful paper reindeer are so quick to make and so cute! You can hang your finished paper plate Rudolph as an adorable Christmas ornament , stick them onto homemade greeting cards, or you can play with them because it rocks! Get the step-by-step tutorial at www.easypeasyandfun.com and let's get crafting :
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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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