Recycled Newspaper Favors
Create recycled newspaper favors to give away at your next party. Learn how to craft with old newspapers and have a blast doing it.
- Scissors or Paper Trimmer
- I started by laying out pages of newspaper onto a flat surface. I stacked about 3 or 4 pages together. I cut the pages into quadrants so I could get a size that would fit into my 12 x 12 paper trimmer. I put the four layers of paper into my paper trimmer and cut 8" squares. I put a little glue between the pages to hold in place while I sewed the edges of the newspaper together and then randomly sewed squiggled lines up and down the squares.
- Now comes the folding part... Fold the stitched paper in half so it looks like this.
- Now fold one corner in, like this... use some paper glue to hold the flap in place.
- Repeat for the opposite corner.
- Fold one of the top flaps down and secure with paper glue.
- Flip the pouch over and repeat. You now have a small opening like this.
- I am loving all the rolled fabric flowers I see popping up in projects so I decided that is how I would embellish my bags. Here is how to create a rolled fabric flower.
- Cut a 1" x 12" strip of fabric. You also rip the fabric to create frayed edges which adds to the rustic look of these.
- Starting at one end, twist the fabric strip towards you and continue until the entire strip is twisted. You may want to use a little fabric glue on one end to keep the twst in place. Once the strip is twisted, roll the strip in a sprial like this.
- Your flower should end up like this... place a little fabric glue on the end of the strip to secure. You might also want to glue the rolled flower here and there to secure.
- I chose two Sizzix die cuts and National Nonwovens wool felt to create pretty leaves for my flower.
- I also decided to add some round metal rimmed tags, stamped with sentiments and a little birdy to further embellish my fun bag.
- Attach the tags and wire handles by punching a small hole into the sides of the bag front and back, and use round nose pliers to bend and secure ends.
How to use these? Here is a list of ideas:
- Fill them with wrapped candies and hang in a co-workers space for an instant pick me up
- Insert a gift card for a very creatively presented surprise
- Fill with seed packets and give to a garden loving friend
- Hang on a neighbors door filled with wrapped cookies for a sweet "just because" gift
- Fill with paper clips, note pads, pencils, etc for a quick and easy teacher appreciation gift