EXTRA EXTRA! Do you have extra newspapers piled in your home? Read all about how you can upcycle them with these 25+ creative newspaper crafts for adults.
If you have a newspaper subscription, you know how quickly they can pile up in your recycling bin. Why not give them new life in a craft?
What crafts can you make with newspaper?
Obviously, you can make paper crafts substituting newspaper for the craft, scrapbook, or origami paper. However, there are so many things you can do with newspaper! You can:
- Roll it into tubes and use it for any paper straw craft.
- Fold it and use it to weave into baskets of different shapes and sizes!
- Mod Podge it just like any other paper. You could even cover a piece of furniture with it.
- Sew it. Here is a heart garland with sewn newspaper.
- Paper mache with it. Here is a paper mache pumpkin I made using newspaper.
That is just a small list of the ways you can use newspaper in projects. For more creative ideas, scroll down and check out this list I’ve made with over 25 newspaper crafts for adults. Let me know your favorite in the comments!
Crafts with Newspaper
EXTRA EXTRA! Read all about these 25+ creative newspaper crafts for adults.
This newspaper craft is so easy and budget friendly – make poms that would be perfect for parties or in your home decorating!
Sew a Newspaper Dress
This is a fun idea for a Halloween costume or a conversation starter at a party. Either way, it is super cheap!
Learn to make a DIY Christmas bowl with newspaper and fabric! This is a perfect easy centerpiece. Fill it with cinnamon scented pine cones to display.
Shonee made this fall wreath for free because she already had the supplies on hand. It is mainly painted newspaper and cardboard!
Vintage Snowflake Sign
Use scrap wood, newspaper, and a stencil to make this unique vintage snowflake sign. It's so inexpensive and you can leave it up all winter long.
Use alcohol and newspaper to add typed words to your nails. This will definitely get you some comments!
In this budget friendly recycled Halloween craft, you’ll use Mod Podge, newspaper and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool DIY Halloween ornaments!
Owl Wall Art
Rolled newspaper, wound up, painted and arranged to make any shape you want... in this case, an owl!
Faux Marble Chain
You can make this extra large faux marble decorative chain for about $10! Super cute matching pup not included.
Need a handbag that can pair well with the newspaper dress? Try this clutch! This would look great with a pair of jeans and a solid sweater.
You can weave with newspaper. Just start with rolled up pieces and weave baskets the way you would normally create them. Paint or keep natural. You can make any size, shape or color you like.
Gail shows you how to frame a mirror with newspaper using a weaving technique. Leave it plain, or paint to coordinate with your decor.
Use newspaper, catalogs and junk mail to make this Christmas tree. It is spray painted and glitter is added.
Makeover a plain lampshade using strips of newspaper. I really like the way this turned out!
This super easy frame was made using rolled up newspaper. You could leave it as-is or paint it. A cheap idea for a DIY photo frame!
Potion Bottle Halloween Blocks
Use leftover scrap wood to make these fun Halloween blocks that look like potion bottles! You’ll use newspaper, scrapbook paper and Mod Podge to decorate.
I am in love with this idea! These blinds are made using rolled and painted newspaper. If you were to paint them a brown color, they would look very similar to those bamboo roman shades that are super expensive!
This has to be one of the cheapest side table tutorials I've ever seen! The whole thing is made with cardboard and then covered with newspaper. If you have a chance, click on her website to see the other amazing things she has made with cardboard.
Rolled and painted newspaper tubes are used to create the outside of this geometric wreath. You can add any decorations you like to complete the wreath!
Easter Egg Decor
The newspaper is a nice contrast to the gold on these dipped eggs. They look real, but they are made from plastic eggs so you can decorate with them each year!
Here is another Easter decor idea made out of newspaper. The carrot is shaped using newspaper and then you wrap twine around it. Definitely has a farmhouse vibe!
Halloween Mantel Decor
Kim made three items using newspaper for this Halloween mantel: the large spider web, witch's broomstick and some of the pumpkins! An attractive mantel display doesn't have to be expensive.
See how easy it is to make cheap, pretty flowers that will last a lot longer than real ones! I like the watercolor paint used for this idea.
I wish I had seen this before my wedding. This is a perfect toss bouquet idea! Make flowers out of newspaper and gather them for a bouquet. It would look even better if you painted them like the flowers above!
Paper Mache Bowls
Learn how to use Mod Podge and newspaper to make paper mache! I'll show you how to make a simple bowl and then paint it.
Looking for a cheap, colorful DIY garland? Look no further. You just need newspaper, paint and scissors!
Use up some newspaper and woolen yarn to make this unique napkin holder. Make any design you want!
Hand Spun Newspaper Yarn
Can you believe that you can turn newspaper into yarn? Amazing!
Did you enjoy these adult crafts using newspaper? They’re great for Earth Day! You should also check out these other popular upcycling crafts for adults: