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10 Crafty Paper Projects!

Updated on August 5, 2012

Paper crafts are easy peasy and a great way to recycle. I love paper crafts because I always have paper around the house. Whether it's old newspapers laying around or old magazine pages, scraps from scrapbook paper or wrapping paper. I usually have no shortage when it comes to recyclable paper, for sure! Over the years and after bagillions of Google searches I've seen some really awesome and creative paper creations. All of these can be adapted to use "used paper" by painting or decorating your paper before use or maybe you prefer to use pretty scrapbook paper or new 'nice' paper. Whatever you use I'm sure your creation will come out fabulous. I've scoured my bookmarks and done some more research and put together a list of 10 crafty paper projects (and a bit extra thrown in) with links to sites with great tutorials and all kinds of inspiring ideas for paper crafts.

#1 Gift Wrap and Bows

Ok, one would think that wrapping a gift with ordinary newspaper wouldn't look very nice but to my surprise it's actually a simple and very nice look. See the link below for the how-to for that cute newspaper gift bow on top and also for some other great ideas for creative gift wrapping.

handmade gift bow
handmade gift bow

How about making some gorgeous handmade bows! Contained in the link below is a tutorial on how to make these gift bows. These are made with scrapbook paperĀ  I think but you can use any kind of paper, really. I made some of these out of magazine pages a couple years back for using on my daughters 16th birthday gifts (the theme of her party was recycled stuff) and they came out very pretty!

#2 Candle Wraps

These candle wraps and matching match boxes are adorable and you could make them for different holidays for home decor or as gifts! I think Mother's Day would be perfect for these. It's labeled a "kids craft" but I think it's definitely adult friendly :0)

One word for this candle wrap! Cute, cute, cute!! Okay, maybe more than one word. Can you imagine making these for valentines gifts or perhaps for wedding decor? What girl wouldn't love this? This looks like a really easy project. You could do any shape too. You could use paper punches to do these. They have tons of different shapes in paper punches now.

#3 Greeting Cards/Envelopes

Who doesn't love a handmade greeting card? If I had a quarter for every beautiful handmade greeting card I've come across on google in paper craft searches I would be a millionaire. It is amazing what some of these ladies can do! From very simple ones to really jazzed up ones, they are just so beautiful.

Go to to check out Karen's Cards and Ideas Blog. Some very nice cards here!

Rubber stamping is a popular technique for hand made greeting cards. This site has an impressive list of video and written tutorials for greeting cards and a variety of other different things. Good tutorials complete with templates, too. You don't have to use rubber stamps if you aren't into that but there's some great inspiration here.

This is a great site with templates for cards, envelopes, wrappers or just about anything else you can think of! Just print out your paper and fold!

The picture of the heart cards above were made by kwernerdesign. Visit her Etsy store here.

Here is a beautiful Valentines Day card tutorial. Remember you can change these things up a bit to suit your own taste if you want.. but I think the one they have pictured here is gorgeous!

One more thing- a free printable greeting card download: Just print these and add your own buttons! These cards are really cute!! I am surprised they are free.

#4 Altered Book Art Journal

Turn an old book into an art journal. This is an awesome way to express yourself through creativity. I have started one of my own out of an old encyclopedia. It's nice just to go in and put whatever you want to express how you are feeling at the time. This link explains all about art journals, what they are made from, supplies used and all of that stuff. There's some great info here.

Also you can do a video search at for art journals and there are some amazing how-to videos to watch as well as people showing their completed journal pages. Good stuff!!

The art journal pictured is at Go here to see additional pages from the journal to get an idea about art journals. This is a great site!

pretty paper blooms from recycled toilet paper rolls
pretty paper blooms from recycled toilet paper rolls

#5 Kids Paper Crafts

Kids love doing stuff with paper.. give them a pair of scissors and some paper and they are in heaven :o) Because I have my own little munchkin I had already tried to find some things for him to do with paper as soon as he is okay with scissors (don't think we are quite there yet) but the sites below I felt were worth the mention! Can't wait till I can do some of this stuff with my little boy.

Three very cute crafts at the link below. I was especially impressed with the blooms to the right made from recycled toilet paper tubes!

Lots and lots of different and easy projects for kids. I think some can even be changed up a bit for grown ups too! Great ideas here...check it out.

#6 Scrapbook Embelishments

Here is a beautiful blooming rose. Can you believe this is paper? Click on the link for a complete tutorial on how to make this beautiful scrapbook embelishment.

Make various assortment of embelishments using paper punches or you could use a Cricut die-cut machine to cut shapes. Punches come in all sorts of shapes and sizes! Just punch out and layer...Tutorial included in link.

These are some paper poppies which were for sale on etsy which were made out of 100% recycled paper. This gives you a good idea of what you can do with some old paper just sitting around!

#7 Paper Christmas Trees

You can never have too many Christmas decorations, can you? I ran across these cute Christmas trees..complete with project instructions. Check out this site as there are many different projects and ideas for paper crafts.

#8 Hanging Ornaments

These would be a great addition to your home decor during the holidays. Imagine the festive mood they could bring to your holiday party! It's amazing what you can do with some paper, staples and some string.

#9 Adorable Paper Stars

These little stars are just way too cute! Make some and use them as Christmas ornaments, string together to make garland or put them in jars for decoration. Click below to find out how to make these little cuties.

#10 Paper Lanterns

Here are some beautiful and elegant paper lanterns. Get out your pretty paper and scissors!! I picture some of these in white (with punched paper flowers added on exterior of lantern) grouped up and scattered around at a wedding reception or they could be customized for any party. Go here for the tutorial at Salty Pineapple:

So what do you think?

Questions, comments, concerns, ideas? I would love to hear your feedback! Do you have any ideas about paper crafts? I would love to hear them.

Craft on, Papercrafters!

P.S. You can find the tutorial on how to make the pretty flower boxes pictured at the top of the hub at


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    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Rae Saylor- Wow! Thank you so much.. I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub!

    • Rae Saylor profile image

      Rae Saylor 

      5 years ago from Australia

      About to explode with excitement! So keen to try all these! Thanks for sharing, pal! Voted up! And I can't stop using exclamation points!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      tiffany delite- Thank you :) I love the wrapped candles too.. I love that you can change up your candles for different seasons or occasions just by wrapping them with pretty paper.. I'm also amazed at all the beautiful scrapbook papers out there!

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      Tiffany Delite 

      6 years ago from Wichita, KS

      thank you so much for this hub and all the great crafty ideas! i especially like the candle wrap idea...will most definitely be trying this one at home! blessings!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Peggy, thanks so much for dropping by.. It really is amazing all the wonderful recycled paper crafts out there. People are so talented! As for the little one, I try to do as much as I can with him. It's sometimes hard to keep him interested but I surely do try. Thank you for your sweet comment and for the votes up, tweet and sharing :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jamie,

      It is wonderful to see what creative minds can do with regard to using paper and creating beautiful things out of it instead of it being recycled or headed into a landfill. I think that everyone appreciates homemade greeting cards and these other ideas are all good ones. I remember making homemade ornaments for the Christmas tree when I was a youngster living at home. Your "munchkin" must love having you as his mother! Up votes and will tweet and share.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Au fait - Thank you :) That's such a nice compliment. I love doing paper crafts.. Those trees are really cute.. I actually just finished some similar but without the little trunk part and wrapped jute around them so they have a sort of rustic look. I was thinking about gluing some vintage buttons on them for embellishments. I totally agree about the embellishments, they really would make great magnets, etc.. I never thought about them as name tags but that's an awesome idea!! I sincerely thank you for the vote up, positive feedback and for sharing :)

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      You just always have some of the cutest, easiest craft ideas, Jamie. Many that children could do on a rainy day, or when they complain about boredom. The little trees are so cute, and I really like what are labeled as embellishments with all the little hearts, flowers, and buttons -- but I can see them as refrigerator magnets or even name tags for events with a couple small changes.

      As always you have so many great ideas! Voted you up and awesome! Will share.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Emi, I will definitely check out your paper crafts video :)

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      7 years ago

      Great work! Love the adorable paper stars!!

      If you would like more ideas, check out my youtube tutorial channel:

      I have paper crafts in this playlist:

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, iZeko!

    • iZeko profile image


      8 years ago

      Great collection! Pretty amazing what you can do with paper... all of these are beautiful!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for reading and commenting Paulag! So glad you found these useful :)

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      8 years ago from Greater Manchester, UK

      Thank you so much for all those useful amazing creative stuff to do. I am so going to be trying them out x

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for reading randomcreative!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great collection of projects! Working with paper is so much fun.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you angie, I really appreciate it. I love finding these awesome free tutorials and putting them all together in one hub! I actually made the gift wrap bow and it's super easy :)

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      angie ashbourne 

      8 years ago

      WOW WOW I like everything but the best is the Gift Wrap Bow.

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      8 years ago

      Fabulous!!! Your amazing crafts have inspired me to create a new lien of European clothing!!! They will be a hit! You are so brilliant at finding the amazing ideas!

      - Kiana

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni, Yes.. I LOVE those little stars. Aren't they the cutest and fairly easy to do once you get the hang of it.

    • RTalloni profile image


      8 years ago from the short journey

      Love it all...but those little stars take the cake!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Painter, I really appreciate it!

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      Painter Penfield 

      8 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

      Beautiful hub with fantastic links. You did your fair share of research and it shows. This one is worth a bookmark!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      edelhaus, I agree.. those wrapped candles are just as cute as they can be and SO easy to make! Thank you for the vote and for the nice comment!

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      8 years ago from Munich, Germany

      I love the wrapped candles - beautiful and inspiring! thank you. voted up!

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      Emma Silver 

      8 years ago

      you've done such great research for this!

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      8 years ago

      These are so beautiful!

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      8 years ago

      Wow. What a great collection of paper crafts. These are so beautiful!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Ripple, Deborah, Alternative and Rismayanti!! I enjoyed working on this one too. So happy about the hubnugget nomination!! Thank you everybody!

    • Rismayanti profile image


      8 years ago from Tropical Island

      so creative.. great work

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      Alternative Prime 

      8 years ago from > California

      Simple yet aesthetically pleasing

      Nice Hub & Congratulations on your Nomination.

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. And thanks for the great paper ideas.


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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Amazing! Beautiful! You've compiled (with links too) a very helpful and useful hub. Also, congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To view the Hubnuggets, please follow this link:

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Cool Jeff... I am glad you like them! Thanks for reading!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for compiling this list. There are some really beautiful projects listed! I especially like the Christmas trees.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Koffee!! I really appreciate it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have put together a great selection of paper crafts. I have rated up, useful, bookmarked (for future use) and push that little old follower button. Great hub.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I'm so glad you love these! Yes, It is amazing what you can do with some paper. I liked your hubs because you are much like me in the way of not wasting things and making something out of things that people usually think as garbage. Thanks for reading!!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      WOW WOW WOW....these crafts so beautiful. I hope we can learn much from from this hub as the new idea to make something beautiful and it is good to increase our creativity. I give my vote to you.



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