The first thing we probably do when we wake up in the morning is grab a cup of coffee and get the newspaper. And the next thing we probably do after reading the newspaper is toss it into the dustbin. That would usually be the lifespan of a newspaper which would contribute to the millions of other newspapers collected in the landfills that day.
Thankfully, this can be averted by reusing old newspapers around the house. Here are five of the simplest ways in which you can use old newspapers in your home.
This particular art form is creating a lot of interest in youngsters who love making 3D objects from nothing but paper pulp. The basic technique is simple. The paper is torn into small strips and spread over a rigid base (say for example a pot or balloon).The strips are held in place with the help of a strong paste. A thick coating of paper mache paste (made by mixing water and flour and then cooking it to get a creamy, thick paste) is then applied all over the strips. As the paste dries, the paper strips become hard and remain in the same shape even after the base mold is removed. The paper mache item can then be painted with vibrant colors to look attractive. You can make plenty of items in the same manner, including lamp shades, boxes, pen holders, animals, faces and even helmets etc.
Dolls, animals, butterflies, dresses, flowers, kites, decorations; you name it! Old newspapers can be transformed into many creative designs and can keep your kids occupied for hours on end. You can also use old newspapers as decorations around the house for a party, or make gift boxes for the kids. All it takes is some patience, a pair of scissors, some glue and some paint etc.
If your little one is helping you around the kitchen and garden, then the best way to keep him/her free of dirt and grime is to design a small apron and hat for him/her. These aprons and hats can be made with old newspapers and can be thrown away after the work is completed.You can also spread a thick layer of newspapers (at least 4-5 newspapers one above the other) on the floor or table if your little one happens to complete a school art or craft project. Old newspapers are also the best safeguards your kitchen counter can get on the days when you decide to cook up a storm!
More shops are opting to switch to paper bags in order to cut down on the usage of plastic bags. You can make your own paper bags at home with the help of old newspapers. Paint them in attractive colors and voila; no one would even know that you had made the bag with an old, wrinkled newspaper.
Old newspapers can be used to clean windows and other glassy surfaces around the house. You can tear an old newspaper into strips of 3 inches and then crunch them together to form a ball. Use this paper ball to wipe away dust and grime from windows and glasses. Newspapers have an advantage over standard towels in this case as they do not create a lint on the glass which usually occurs with normal cloth towels.