Using Newspaper, Hot glue and your imagination you can get creative!

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Paper and scissors at the ready!Take time to read the stories!Strips and pencilstart the foldingfold againand againnow start the rollingThis is the base at the size I choseBase painted and sealed with Mod Podgecircles completed, now just 138 more to go!Let the gluing begin!!First row is complete and all glued down nice and tight.see how I got in to those cracks with the glue?This would make a nice dish to hold some 'stuff' what ever stuff you need holding.The circles are getting biggerPutting in the last 3 circles.The insideThe plastic lining is all glued downAll finished and it sparkles nicely wouldn't you say?
Paper and scissors at the ready!
Paper and scissors at the ready!
Take time to read the stories!
Take time to read the stories!
Strips and pencil
Strips and pencil
start the folding
start the folding
fold again
fold again
and again
and again
now start the rolling
now start the rolling
This is the base at the size I chose
This is the base at the size I chose
Base painted and sealed with Mod Podge
Base painted and sealed with Mod Podge
circles completed, now just 138 more to go!
circles completed, now just 138 more to go!
Let the gluing begin!!
Let the gluing begin!!
First row is complete and all glued down nice and tight.
First row is complete and all glued down nice and tight.
see how I got in to those cracks with the glue?
see how I got in to those cracks with the glue?
This would make a nice dish to hold some 'stuff' what ever stuff you need holding.
This would make a nice dish to hold some 'stuff' what ever stuff you need holding.
The circles are getting bigger
The circles are getting bigger
Putting in the last 3 circles.
Putting in the last 3 circles.
The inside
The inside
The plastic lining is all glued down
The plastic lining is all glued down
All finished and it sparkles nicely wouldn't you say?
All finished and it sparkles nicely wouldn't you say?

Antiques? One can only hope

Lately I’ve been on craft overload, everything I look at I see the possibility of ‘more’. My husband and I were having a conversation the other day regarding antiques and things of value. I was a bit depressed when I thought of all the ‘stuff’ I have been making might never see a value, other than what I rate it as. Then I had a thought (Lord help us!!!) what if say in 100 years or so (ok, now I’m really thinking ahead) this depression/recession or whatever you want to call it becomes a distant nightmare that we’ve managed to pull through and those ‘things’ we’ve created become ‘of value’ to those we’ve bequeathed them to? It happened in WWII right? Women and men got creative, they made do with what they had and made somethin’ out of nothin’, or at least very little and now it’s worth small fortunes.

When we are a flush society we do an awful lot of buying and throwing away. In today’s difficult times we are learning to make do with what we have, and in some cases going above and beyond that to creating usable and sellable goods from items that under normal circumstances would be discarded.

Just look around, you never know what projects are lurking.

Before we get started on our creation let me give you a task; the next time you wander around the store, making your purchases, look at what you are buying. Before laying out your hard earned cash ask yourself “Is this a one-time purchase?” “Is there anything here that I can reuse?” “Will I be able to use this for something other than what I have purchased it for?” If you answer is Yes, a one-time purchase or no, nothing I can reuse and I can only use this for what it is intended, you may want to either re-consider your purchase or pick up the identical item in different packaging. I’ve begun to see shopping in a whole different light since I began recycling, upcycling and reusing.

Basics

What you will need for this project:

Newspapers, magazines, shoppers, home buyers guide, Auto trader or just plain old junk mail that you’ve been saving for a rainy day! A good sized pile should do (For my project I used 1 shopper and 1 home buyers guide)

High temp hot glue gun – glue sticks and lots of them! (about 20 – 30) I’ve found that high temp works best for this project.

Scissors

Cylindrical items such as pencil, lipstick tube, glue stick, large crayon items that increase in size.

Check your cupboards - You might have it!

Extras: (Only if you have these hanging around waiting to be used)

Acrylic paint (craft paint)

Mod Podge – Collage Pauge (with sparkles for me please!)

Piece of card board

Popsicle sticks

ZipLock Freezer bag or two (gently used is fine! Washed and dried of course)

Bandaids (cause if you’re anything like me you’re gonna need them!! Burned fingers are Owie!!)

Getting started

Get yourself all set up and get comfy because this is not a 'get it over in a minute project', it will take some time. We are gonna get those creative juices flowing!!

Let’s get started cutting paper! Take the staples out of the shoppers or Home buyers guide first and discard them (or if you have an idea for another project, save it). Out of each home buyers guide I got 4 strips per full page/ 2 per half. For the Shopper I got 3 strips per half page. My strips were about 4 inches wide. I folded them in half, then half again and in half one more time, so I ended up with ½ inch strips.

Plug that glue gun in!

I rolled my first strip around a pencil, put a dot of glue down and butted up the next strip with a dot of glue. I continued adding strips of paper and glue (as it got bigger I made continuous lines of glue to hold it well) around my base until it was about 6 inches in diameter. When I thought that was big enough I cut a circle of cardboard the same shape and glued it to the bottom. I did this for stability. Because I had the items here I painted the cardboard black then covered it in Mod Podge to make it water tight.

Now to make the circles of paper. I used 140 strips, making 140 circles. My first 2 rows I used the smallest cylindrical I had which was a pen. After the 2nd row I graduated the circles up in size so I was able to maintain 20 circles per row. Your circles may differ in amount and size depending on how tight your roll them.

In placing the circles – The first row I let half the circle over hang the base, this would make it wider as I went higher. I also made sure to give it some extra glue around the base of each circle in between and inside at the base. The second row I only went out about 1/8 of an inch, after that I stayed pretty much right in the crook of the previous row. Each circle is glued at the beginning (where paper meets paper) and the end to seal it. Then it is glued onto the container making rows.

After you’ve hit the 3rd row you will see it coming together nicely and may decide that this would be a perfect decorative bowl to hold fruit or what-nots on your counter. If you’ve decided that you want that waste basket, keep making them circles!!

By the time you get to your 5th row you are going to want your circles to be bigger, now you can stop using those pens, crayons, or chap stick tubes. You can wrap those strips around your fingers to make the circles. Wait until it is in a complete circle before trying to hot glue it. I did the outside then tucked in a dot of glue on the inside. By this time my fingers were feeling the burn!! Do try to be careful!!

When your waste can is as large as you would like it to be finish off the row. Make sure to test your circles a bit as you go so they are sturdy, adding some hot glue as necessary. Make certain you put some glue between each circle as well. You want it to hold up to use!

Adding that personal touch

Finishing touches –

If you wish, your project is complete. For me I added a few extras. I took 2 large freezer bags and cut off the zipper part and down 2 sides. Once I had both bags prepared I hot glued them together. TAKE CARE in doing this!!! That glue gun is HOT, so is the glue. The plastic may melt a bit as you stick it together. Use a Popsicle stick to tap it down. Now you will have a large piece of plastic to help keep your waste can a little cleaner and dryer. Tuck the plastic down inside the can, form fitting it to the bottom, creating folds at the top. When you have it as you’d like it cut off the excess plastic. Begin gluing down the plastic to the top row of circles trying not to disturb the folds. Use the Popsicle stick to press down where needed.

Next I cut some Popsicle sticks in half, painted them and layered them over the plastic and hot glued them down. Now this part, well it may not be for you but the person I’m giving this to really like sparkles so I covered the Popsicle sticks, and using a sponge brush daubed around the outside circles with my Collage Pauge. That will help seal it a little more keeping out moisture and should an accident happen, all that work won’t be destroyed.

Let's get creative together!

How easy was that? Is it little time consuming, yes. But I have to say well worth the finished product. Once you start crafting out of recyclable objects you’ll begin looking at things like egg cartons (anyone have that chandelier pattern handy? For real!! Marbles, egg cartons, glue and a light), egg shells even, those make lovely looking mosaics. So many things to make, so little time. Recycling is not just taking cans to the center or making Plarn out of grocery bags anymore, use your imagination and get creative!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland

This is a useful hub with very good photos. I must say we are quite good at reusing and recycling here in Finland. Maybe because it was a very poor country during WWII and the years after. Something that has been very popular a couple of years now is to make bags from used coffee packages. I'm putting a link here just to see what they can look like: http://tuashantverk.blogspot.fi/2010/09/3-vaskor-t...


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Wow, those are very nice bags! They look weaved? My next project (well one of them) is to learn weaving. I've seen many things made using weaving techniques and I'd like to try doing that. There are many people trying new things these days as opposed to just running to the store and buying new, that's good in one way but bad in another. It doesn't help the economy but it does help the wallet!


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

It makes sense to make your own useful items now.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I had a friend stop over today to collect the Plarn cigarette case I made for her and she fell in love with my waste can!! She liked it so much she said she would not use it for garbage! She said it was too pretty.

There are many things I'm hoping to get made that are useful... Wish me luck!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

The bags are twined and sewed. You need plenty of packages for one bag. They look very nice and they are very solid. You're very creative and you're doing a great job. Keep it up! :)


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks! Yes, I do use Plarn, but it takes so many to make anything! I did figure out how to make one long strand from each bag rather than a bunch of loops that you have to connect. Once the long strand is made I wind it up in a ball, then with each new bag I just keep adding to the ball, no knots necessary! My usual bags are the white with colored lettering, other than the yellow you get at dollar general those are the only colors I have come across. I'm waiting for my daughter to get me some gray Kohl's bags to use!! (She shops there I do not)

Thanks for stopping by!


Sara 4 years ago

I want hand made stuff for my wedding.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Ummm, well I can't see making you a veil from newspaper... But if you want to go toilet paper now we're talking!!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susie..........I love the way you think! Deeply and creatively...not to mention you are budget/money-minded! My kind of lady!! I'm with you 100% I come from a long line of getting the most use out of everything and passing it on and thinkng of other ways to utilize it!!

Bravo!


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

My family thinks I have either gone over the edge or completely bonkers, that is until they see the finished project. I had told my one daughter about it, she couldn't envision what I was saying, she thought for sure it would either fall apart or collapse in on itself. She was very amazed to see how strong and sturdy it is. Now I've got her thinking outside the box on a few things.

She came to me with an idea but wasn't quite sure how to make it happen, she handed me her items. For some of it I told her what she needed to do to make it work, other parts I helped, in just a matter of minutes we had it together... Now - she has a BIG idea!! I'm doing my best to encourage her to complete it.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OH YES!!! I know the story so well......I used to pick up things from yard sales of friends.....get it home, clean it, sand it, paint it, fix it, mend it....whatever needed.......they would come to my house and SEE it....and jokingly ask for it back.......My comment, would always be...."Absolutely NOT......you thought I was crazy seeing any value to it........Get lost!!" LOL!!


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It's amazing what a little imagination will do for you!


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

A useful and new idea. Does take a lot of folding...guess you could also make any shape desired. Thanks for instructions!


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Oh yes, lots of folding! It took me most of the day to make this, but it is holding up very nice!! I gave it to my daughter and she uses it.

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