Tag Archives: Paper recycling

Project: Recycling Toilet Paper Rolls

I recycle paper to make paper beads.  I take paper beads and make jewelry.  It isn’t brain surgery, but I do give it thought and care.  But then I find pictures of people who take the core of toilet paper rolls and make mini albums.  I wonder who originally came up with the idea of recycling THIS paper?  Who Knew?

I provide the following pictures in case this is a new idea for you.

The creator of this album is A Scraphappy Southernbelle.  You can see her website by clicking on the site name.

I include no directions.  If you see the two pictures above, you understand the principle.  The “create” part is in the maker’s hands.

Thanks for reading,
Janet (janettalk)

New Year and Paper Beads

The new year is around the corner.  I’m weighing what is next for my recycled paper beads.  As I have said before, there are a lot of more important things in this world than recycling some paper each year.  But this is something I enjoy.  The creative aspect and thinking through a project is good for me. (And I hope you.)

A fairly large map was in one of the magazines my Dad gave me.  There is a lot of black.  I’m considering making many black beads of different styles.  One issue is making a bead in black can go wrong so easily.  I simply can’t always see the lines as I put the thin, black paper on a toothpick.

I look at this paper and see so much potential.  I also see questions.  Will I be able to create something unique?  Will anyone be wearing this paper in the next year? How much time will it take to make interesting (dare I say beautiful) beads from such a large piece of black paper?   And the true ultimate question for all of us, What Will 2012 Bring?

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)

Do You Create Anything with Paper from Your Shredder? part 1

After my trip, I am overwhelmed with laundry, etc.  Don’t ask me why I decided to try this.

I remember reading some time ago how to make bowls out of recycled paper.  Not wanting to bother with reading directions, I jumped in.  (Note:  this is NOT a good way to start……)  Can you make a small bowl from shredded paper?

This is day one.  It looks a mess.

I used paper from our shredder, Mod Podge, measuring cup, and plastic wrap.  You will understand what I did by looking at this picture.

After this dries, I’ll add another coat tonight.  When I test the final product, I’ll take a quick picture and share.

Do you make anything with your shredded paper?

Now I’ll get back to my real life.

Keep beading,
Janet (janettalk)

Website for Paper Recycling

I recently found this website that I thought some of you may enjoy reading.  http://www.paperrecycles.org/index.html  This site has sections including workplace recycling, community recycling, and school recycling. The school section includes a lesson plan.  This may be particularly helpful to elementary teachers; especially since they include a poster to download.

Janet (janettalk)

Paper and Recycled Items

I began recycling paper less than a year ago.  As I have researched, I am surprised at the number of people who recycle using paper.  What people create from “used” paper is fascinating.  Note: Just to be clear, please know I am not financially tied to the artists below.  I am trying to open a world to recycled paper and other recycled elements.

Isn’t this classic car paper purse just wonderful? Heather has made other purses from magazines, but this “classic car” bag just struck my fancy.  www.etsy.com/shop/heatherlaurendesigns

Recycled magazine wallet

How about using paper coasters from http://www.etsy.com/shop/hugsandwich ? Look at this in detail.  The top looks so even.  It must have been a very slow process….or she knows what she is doing!

Light and Dark. Set of 2 Upcycled Magazine Page Coasters

This bowl is quite beautiful, and very unique.  The creator uses paper pulp from recycled newspaper.   I’m not familiar with the process, but Linda uses the medium beautifully.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/halllinda

Recycled Paper Pulp Collage Bowl Blue and Orange

Obviously I am an etsy fan, (I have my own shop) but there are other places where you can make purchases, or even start your own recycled paper project.

I also found corporations who make countertops using recycled paper.  After reading information from several companies, I want to look at these counter surfaces. It is an intriguing idea.

More later on other people who recycle using paper.  I encourage everyone to buy products made by people who individually create each piece.  There is a ground swell of very talented people who are passionate about their medium.  Your purchase would most likely be unique; and in this world of mass marketing the idea of owning something different is, well, special.