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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!
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How to Make a Castle from Cardboard
Today's craft by Adventure In A Box is a wonderful and oh-so-fun recycling craft! This fun and thrifty handmade cardboard box castle is easy to make, and it's a perfect gift for your kids ! Handmade toys bring much more fun and happiness than the store-bought versions ( especially dollhouses ) because you can personalize it to your little girls or boys' taste as much as you want! You can create an ice castle for Elsa, or a sturdy cobblestone castle for your brave knights, or a pink sparkly castle for your precious little princess - the possibilities are endless! With this nice step-by-step c ardboard box castle tutorial, you can make one cardboard box castle in no time:
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Toilet paper roll snowman - easy winter kids craft idea
Let’s make a snowman or two! Today Easy Peasy And Fun shared with us this cool paper roll snowman craft! Grab all the rolls you can and lets make a bunch of these cute snowmen! These adorable toilet paper roll snowmen are super easy to make, even the smallest crafty hands can create some on the most boring winter days. This recyling winter kids craft project can be a very fun group project as well! All you need to create some of this adorable paper snowmen is: tp rolls, white paper, colored papers and a black marker.
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DIY Toilet paper tube pirate and parrot - fun paper craft for kids
Sometimes the easiest kids craft ideas are the best! Take this fun cardboard ( toilet paper roll ) pirate and parrot by MollyMoo as an example. Adorable aren't they? Today MollyMoo will show you how to make cute little colorful parrots and pirates with the kids from toilet paper rolls ( with a help of a little acrylic paint ) . You can use any colors you like, these fun tp tube parrots and pirates will look adorable in any form! This easy kids craft idea can be a perfect craft project for the kids at boring afternoons or you can decorate a pirate themed party with them frugally ! ( And don't forget to make a cardboard box pirate ship as well! Arr! )
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DIY Paper plate chick - fun Easter craft for kids
Looking for fun Easter crafts your kids can make in under an hour? Create a fun little paper plate chick with the kids using materials you already have at home! This time Kids Craft Room will teach you how to make this adorable little paper plate chick in no time! ( An hour or less is all you need to get this paper plate chick done, so - for your bored little ones - this craft is perfect indeed! ) Get the step-by-step tutorial and let's get started:
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DIY Rocking Santa Christmas decor - recycling craft ( paper clay tutorial )
Transform an old ball , a plastic bottle , some tin foil and a bunch of newspaper ( or cardboard box ) into a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s Christmas decoration with Creative Mom' step-by-step paper clay sculpting tutorial! Homemade ( or store bought ) paper clay can be molded and manipulated to make just about anything! There's plenty of time to make this jolly little Santa either for your own home or a craft show. We've always loved the delicate rich look of paper clay sculptures and this rocking Santa is truly unique! ( It simply ROCKS! )
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DIY dreamcatchers from recycled newspapers
Look at these gorgeous dreamcatchers ! Believe or not, the only thing you will need to create one for yourself is newspaper ! This brilliant craft idea is a perfect and easy way to decorate your home , the kids' room or a fun party , and it's also super cheap! In this nice craft video tutorial you can learn how to make them in 6! different ways! You can paint the newspaper dreamcatchers to any fun color, or add extra elements if you wish.
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DIY elegant purses / handbags from cereal boxes
You won't believe me, but this elegant and beautiful small purse / handbag is made from.. cereal boxes ! It's true! Watch this super cool craft video tutorial and create one for yourself or for the girls! This cereal box handbag is not just only a perfect and gorgeous ( super low budget ) accessory for a night date or an elegant party but the best is: you can personalise it as much as you want! Release the inner fashion designer in you! : ) This cute upcycled cereal box purse is also perfect for small girls to play or you can make it in doll size.
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Easy DIY 3D paper pumpkins - fall decor from paper
These little paper pumpkins by Golden Hands are so much fun to make, and it's just the perfect f all or Halloween craft you can do with your kids ( and its also perfect for sprucing up your mantel or fall table decor ) ! You can try to create some adorable paper pumpkins with different colored papers in different patterns as well. Watch Golden Hands' step by step tutorial on how to make these lovely little dimensional paper pumpkins for fall and open a paper pumpkin factory!
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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 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 cat scratcher - cardboard upcycling craft
Let’s make a DIY cardboard cat scratcher from the boxes you’ve got piling up in the garage! It's a known fact that ALL kitties ( small or big ) LOVE DIY creations, so go to your garage, grab a decent sized box from your cardboard box pile and create this DIY Cat scratcher now ! Dream A Little Bigger will show you how to make this cat scratcher in no time out of a simple cardboard box. This cat scratcher costs almost nothing, and your cat ( s ) will love it!
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Paper weaved wreaths from newspaper (step-by-step tutorial)
With a few sheet of newspaper you can make this gorgeous super inexpensive ( low-budget ) Christmas wreath ! Brilliant idea, isn't it? This recycling craft - the paper weaved ( Christmas ) wreath is much easiear that it seems! This super video step-by step tutorial will teaches you how to make one! Well, making one is a bit time consuming but worth every minute! With paper weaving you can upcycle paper junks and create gorgeous home decors at the same time which is a very nice thing! Paint the finished wreaths with acryllic paints to a color that fits into your home or the season/holiday !
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Easy DIY Easter bunny face toilet paper roll stamp
We love reusing things from the recycling container, because r ecycled crafts are the best crafts! This toilet roll Easter bunny stamp by Mum In The Madhouse is a grea t quick art activity to do with the kids. Turning toilet rolls into a bunny is such a simple thing, but kids love it! This easy to make toilet paper roll bunny stamp is perfect for decorating Easter cards or just playing with paint. Follow Mum In The Madhouse's step-by-step craft tutorial and create fun bunny stamps with the kids:
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DIY tassel garland
We just LOVE these Tassel Garlands by Pizzazzerie! If you are looking for a cute and easy DIY project to add some fun to your parties, shower, wedding, or office, then you must try these cute tassel garlands. You can up-cycle almost any kind of paper ( or fabrics ) to make these fabulous tassels. Visit pizzazzerie.com and learn how to make a tassel garland with step-by-step photo instructions ! String your fancy new garland anywhere you like – on a wall, in a doorway, on the banister, in a tree! You kind of can’t go wrong.
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Adorable scarecrow paper plate craft for kids
We couldn’t be more excited about sharing this adorable paper bowl scarecrow craft with you today because we love everything about the fall season ! Apples and pumpkins and Halloween and scarecrowsFall time is the best! If you are looking for a fabulous fall craft to make at home or in the classroom this scarecrow craft is perfect. This cute little paper plate scarecrow would be perfect hung up on a harvest themed bulletin board!
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Funny faces with magazine cutouts ( free printable )
This magazine face art by Le Dada De L'Enfant Terrible is a perfect fun and frugal craft for kids of all ages! This funny magazine face art is so easy even the smallest crafty hands can create their own! Moreover, it is a great way to learn the parts of the face and the corresponding vocabulary. The biggest ones will have fun to search and cut face part pictures from old magazines . At the end of this nice magazine face art tutorial you will find all of the faces as free printables ! You can use the printed faces as a base for this fun magazine face activity but if you like to draw, nothing prevents you from making fun faces yourself!
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Paper baskets from newspapers - paper weaving
Do you love recycling , or you just looking for a gorgeous organizing idea which almost costs nothing? Try these beautiful paper woven baskets ! You will be surprised how easy is to make one! Even the kids can create some to organize their toys /stationaries. You can leave the paper baskets in their original newspaper look or you can paint it with acrylic paints/varnish for a more fun look. Of course you can make the paper newspaper baskets in any size and shape that fits into your home decor ! Paper weaving is not just perfect because it's usefulness and gorgeousness but it also helps the Earth with upcycling some paper trash !
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DIY Paper plate shark puppet - fun summer craft for kids
Are your kids shark fans? Then they’ll LOVE this interactive paper plate shark puppet by Kids Craft Room! This paper plate shark puppet has movable jaws so kids can have great fun biting, chomping and munching with it! This p aper plate shark puppet is so easy to make using Kids Craft Room's free printable template and such a fun summer craft to play with! Get the tutorial and the free template , and let the fun begin:
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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 Flower wall art from toilet paper tubes
Are you looking for a cheap but gorgeous ( spring ) home or kids room decor ? Try this toilet tube flower wall art project! You can upcycle lots of toilet paper tubes with this nice and easy craft project , and it's also perfect for decorationg your home ( not just onyl at springtime ). Paint the finished pictures to any color that fits in to your home and no one will be able to tell it's made from toilet paper rolls ! Beautiful, isn't it? You can use this method to decorate complete walls with flowers, or simply create a family tree with framed family portraits and toilet paper tube leaves.
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DIY cardboard pom pom maker
Are you looking for a super easy, super inexpensive way to make perfect yarn pom poms? Try this brilliant homemade cardboard pom pom maker!  The best thing about this pom pom making technique is that is SO quick you can churn pom poms out in no time at all – no more cumbersome round disc. If your kids struggle with the part where a knot needs to be tied very tightly (that is the trickiest thing about this pom pom making method ),  help them in that area but overall this brilliant pom pom making method is really super easy! And as an extra ( because you will need only a little piece of sturdy cardboard to create the pompom maker) it's also a super frugal way to create pompoms in any size!
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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 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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Halloween garage door decor from cardboard with led lights
We love cheap but still gorgeous outdoor Halloween decors! This eerie Halloween scene covering your garage door will have a lot of impact! Rather than cutting it out of wood board you can use simple cheap cardboard as a substitute! Add some extra spook factor by lighting it from behind.This outdoor halloween decor took some work, but the result is well worth it. It will be a traffic stopper on your street! You could use this gorgeous cardboard or wooden board Halloween decor mounted on a large wall, or staked into your yard with lights behind it - it will be a great hit in any form!
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Paper plate ladybug with movable wings - spring craft for kids
This paper plate ladybug craft by Easy Peasy And Fun is ready to fly! With its movable wings , kids are truly going to love making this project and it’s easy-peasy! You can make this lovely little paper plate ladybug as a spring craft or Valentine’s day craft if you add a heart or two. Ladybugs, butterflies, colorful flowers... spring time is the best! If you are looking for a fabulous spring craft to make at home or in the classroom, this ladybug craft is just perfect. This cute little paper plate ladybug would be perfect hung up on a spring-themed bulletin board or you can decorate your front door with it!
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Adorable paper plate bunny craft - easy Easter craft for kids
Boing, boing! Easter is round the corner and this paper plate rabbit craft by Kids Craft Room is so adorable! We just love its simplicity and those cute little whiskers, paws and bob tails are irresistible! Each bunny rabbit craft uses just one paper plate so it’s a super easy Easter craft to enjoy at home and perfect if you need a frugal rabbit craft idea to do make with a large group of children this Spring. Paper plates are such a great resource to have in your craft supplies aren’t they?
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Simple DIY Gift box advent calendar (matchbox advent calendar)
With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays , it's not hard to lose track of time. Before you know it, it's Christmas ! Countdown to Christmas with this super adorable and super easy to make DIY matchbox advent calendar by Craft And Creativity. Whether you want a grown-up or kiddie version, this tiny paper box advent calendar is just begging to be made. Not only is this a wonderful holiday decor , because of the anticipation it builds, but it's also a great kids' craft too. Not to mention that this Christmas calendar makes great, frugal Christmas decor. This paper box advent calendar will brighten up your day every time you see it
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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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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 Diamond ring costume  - costume making tutorial
Turn yourself into a gorgeous diamond ring or a delicious ring pop with Studio DIY's fun ring costume tutorial ! This DIY diamond ring ( or ring pop ) costume is a great show-stopper costume which also can be a part of a fun family costume ( imagine it coupled with other wedding-themed costumes ) ! Whether you need a costume to wear at a dress-up party or to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, this fun ring costume is just perfect. Head to studiodiy.com and create this diamond ring or ring pop costume in no time:
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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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