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Recycling is important and what better time of year than the holidays to continue this important program. The following two crafts make use of old newspapers. One makes a charming little tree that shimmers with just a hint of glitter and the other is a favorite of ours.

Making these charming little newspaper gift bags was as easy as 1-2-3 and they are a wonderful way to lessen our carbon footprint while giving in the spirit of the season.

Recycled Newspaper Trees

you will need

  • 4 ounces sculpting clay (available in any craft store)
  • 10-inch, 6mm thick knitting needle
  • glitter
  • 2 pieces 6-by-6-inch card stock
  • newspaper
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • adhesive spray
  • hot-glue gun and glue

for the base

  1. Roll and flatten 4 ounces sculpting clay to form dome shape.
  2. Poke knitting needle horizontally through flat area of clay dome. Remove knitting needle.
  3. Bake clay in oven at 275 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. Apply glue, then glitter, to the base.


  1. Place 2 pieces of 6-by-6-inch card stock onto spike for stability.
  2. Cut newspaper into 50 sheets of each size, making sure to keep them square.
    - 6 x 6 inches
    - 5.5 x 5.5 inches
    - 5 x 5 inches
    - 4.5 x 4.5 inches
    - 4 x 4 inches
    - 3.5 x 3.5 inches
    - 3 x 3 inches
    - 2.5 x 2.5 inches
    - 2 x 2 inches
    - 1.5 x 1.5 inches
  3. Cut 25 1-inch sheets of newspaper.
  4. Begin poking pieces of newspaper onto spike in descending order until you reach the top with the 1 inch pieces.
  5. Spray the tree lightly with adhesive and immediately sprinkle with glitter.
  6. Set aside and let dry for 10 minutes.
  7. Using a hot-glue gun, add a star to the top.

Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags

you will need

  • 1 sheet of newspaper (you determine the size of the bag)
  • glue
  • hole punch
  • doilies
  • ribbon


  1. Place the newspaper on a table with the natural crease in the middle going vertically and bring together the two side edges of the newspaper so that the edges overlap each other in the middle.
  2. Keep one edge an inch above the other and apply glue, sticking both sides together.
  3. Now make an upward fold of about 3 inches from the bottom of the newspaper (closest to you) and crease it.
  4. Pull open the first layer of paper from the 3 inch fold and crease all edges.
  5. Now fold both horizontal edges of this bottom section towards each other keeping one edge slightly longer so you can glue these two edges together creating the bottom of the bag.
  6. Let the glue dry thoroughly and then gently open the bag from the top.
  7. Pinch sides inward to create side panels.
  8. Fold the top of the bag over closing it.
  9. Fold the doilies in half and place the crease over the top of the bag.
  10. Use a hole punch to make holes going through all layers of paper on the top rim of the bag and then thread a ribbon through.