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Ways Of Reusing Newspapers

Updated on April 23, 2014
The blue recycling bin where newspapers and other recyclable items go.
The blue recycling bin where newspapers and other recyclable items go. | Source

With all that newspapers that piling up for the blue recycling bin, there are other uses for them so might as well use them for that purpose instead of letting them fill up the recycling trash. Not only with the newspapers, this great idea goes to the grocery flyers too that you receive on your mailbox. We always use to collect and fill a plastic bag with all the expired store flyers for the week along with the newspapers, reuse them at home and the rest, goes on the blue recycling bin that the truck collects on our area every Thursday.

Now with the idea on how to reuse old newspapers and all that other papers, here's some along with photos to make it more interesting and lively. I prefer reading something with photos in them, don't you?

I can hardly describe the ashes part formed to serve as stove but just look into this photo as it is similar to this with the opening on top and center for woods.
I can hardly describe the ashes part formed to serve as stove but just look into this photo as it is similar to this with the opening on top and center for woods. | Source

We might be using ovens now and stove but back then in the Philippines, I had watched my grandmother cooked meals in a stove using woods in which the stove was either as simply made from three big stones and the woods goes on the center or a stove made from ashes. That was years ago. Well, I don't know if it was pure ashes or mixed with something else before it was formed into a half round with an opening on top where pot sits.

And to start the fire? Crumpled old newspaper or pieces of paper torn form notebooks are used as a fire starter.


Paper boats.

Old newspapers can be made into paper boats for fun and family activity with kids. I had memories of paper boat making when I was a kid during rainy season and I and my playmates would happily play in the rain with our boats, or on a big basin. During Summer, younger brother and I had some time playing in the river too with this boats.

And look, once done reading them newspapers can be saved for gift wrapping purposes. So the next time there's a birthday party and you need to wrap a gift but doesn't have a gift bag (and feeling lazy to go to the store just to buy 1 gift bag,) well here's the perfect idea. Get the old newspapers, scissors, tape and start wrapping!

The thing is, if you don't have anything to wrap. Now that's a different problem as you really have to go out and get something to wrap.


And who said old newspapers can't be made into bags?

One can consider using this bag on a grocery shopping or if going to a picnic, you know, those trips when a luxury handbag isn't really necessary.

Another fun time here, origami. This beautiful origami basket was made from old newspapers. No need to buy pretty, colorful papers here. Just some creativity with a lot of newspapers and you can make something beautiful.


And this pendant lamp made from old phone books would be a perfect example of reusing materials with the finished product turning out to be uniquely beautiful.

Yes, I know I said newspapers on the title but this could go on the list too right?! The phone book is also made from paper. And that is one beautiful pendant lamp.


Philippine Christmas lantern.

I was looking for a finished Christmas lantern made from old newspapers but can hardly find one, but found this. This wasn't done yet but just to give you an idea of how to make the Philippine Christmas lantern. It can be made from different materials such as plastic, barks of woods or bamboo, but mostly from papers. And old newspapers could be of good use into making lanterns. And this would be an exciting activity for kids, I had fun memories of lantern making and we do this every year as school teachers engage their students into making the lantern for school projects once the "ber" months started (September, October and so on.) We could leave the unfinished lantern in the classroom until it was done or we could take it at home and bring it the following day. The finished lantern would be hang in the ceiling and the most beautiful one has a prize on Christmas Party day.

Christmas lanterns at night in different styles making homes and streets alive and jolly. (Nope, they aren't made from newspapers but just to show you some finished lanterns with their lights at night.)
Christmas lanterns at night in different styles making homes and streets alive and jolly. (Nope, they aren't made from newspapers but just to show you some finished lanterns with their lights at night.) | Source

Another use of newspapers at our home or those grocery store flyers is to absorb cooking oil after frying. Then the pan would be ready to be wash on warm water.


And look at this pencil holder? It is just a clever idea of using old phone directories.


We put towels on our back to absorb the perspiration after exercising, but newspapers too can be reuse for that. I had heard from few people that using newspaper instead of towel is much better as the paper absorbs better.

Has anyone tried it? And if you know any other reason why the paper is better, feel free to share it.

Do you reuse newspapers?

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    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      @ Kittyji: Glad you like those, and yes they are beautiful, one of my favorite symbol of Christmas ^-^' Thank you for dropping by.

      @ Dinkan53: Thank you Dinkan. And I just learned something from you too from your comment :) Might try that on my shoes sometimes.

      @ Anamika S and Sujithbeta : And thank both for dropping by, reading and commenting :)

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      Sreejith k 

      7 years ago from Kerala, India

      Thank you for your valuable information precy. Nice hub

    • Anamika S profile image

      Anamika S Jain 

      7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! What a wonderful way of recycling old books and newspapers. Awesome hub, voted up!

    • dinkan53 profile image


      7 years ago from India

      You had shown through this hub that old newspapers should not go directly to the trash bin, it can be reuse in various ways. I use newspapers to clean mirrors and glasses. My brother uses nespapers in running shoes and the newspaper will absorb excess water, leaving shoes dry. Newspapers can be use in various ways and it is great to show good example to others with regards to waste reduction. Thanks for sharing this , rated as useful and SHARED!

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      Ann Leung 

      7 years ago from San Jose, California

      What interesting ways of reusing newspapers! I love those Christmas lanterns. They are beautiful. I might give it a try when I have time. Thank you for sharing!

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      @ Drbj: I agree with you on that. I had tried it a few times, but not because of the ink as it won't go on the skin, but because it was uncomfortable for me. So with that, I still prefer the soft towels :)

      @Jpcmc: That was brilliant too! Hadn't tried that as we only use it for fire starters but I'll keep that in mind. Might as well try it sometimes :) Thanks for sharing it.

      @ Aviannovice: Thank you! :) And I wanted to add more into this if I could think or find more to add on the list.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Awesome and up. Your ideas are fabulous and you deserve recognition for this kind of recycling. Bravo!

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I once rolled news papaers tightly soaked it in water just to pack it really tight then let it dry. Once dry, they are almost like firewood. You can use this instead of chopping up trees.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Interesting suggestions for the reuse of old paper, precy. But I don't think using a newspaper as a towel would work very well. Too much of the ink from the paper would be left on your wet skin. Just sayin'.


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