Magazines & Newspapers Recycling For Christmas

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Money's tight these days and sometimes it's hard to imagine we can create the kind of ambience we want during the holiday season because we've got other priorities. But the good news is that you can still create wonderful decorations and gifts for your home and family without breaking the bank. Yes, I'm talking newspapers and magazines: you can use them for wrapping gifts, bows, decorations, and more. So once you’ve finished catching up on the news, don’t toss those papers away; use them instead. 

Here are a few easy and frugal ideas I found online for upcycling newspapers and magazines for the holidays. These just might inspire you to put away your wallet and head for your recycling bin instead.

Advent Calendars

The German site Casa di Falcone caught my eye even though mainly sells paper goods. It does however have a lot of great ideas for advent calendars including this newspaper advent calendar and there are instructions for it. In German, yes, but you can use Google to translate it. What makes this calendar so elegant is the addition of the numbered tags. Note some sewing is involved. Click here for instructions.

A fun and easy Advent calendar from another German blog (unfortunately it is now defunct). It's created using colourful newspaper comic pages or maybe a comic book and should be fairly simple to make. Fill it with sweets, little trinkets, or notes. If you're anything like me, you'll need some how-tos to make the cones; if you do, go here

Gift Bows

Gift bows made from newspapers or magazines are all over the web. The image is from Canoe Ridge Creations. But for full instructions go to Jessica Jones' blog.

Christmas Crackers

Don't dispair if you don't know how DIY a Christmas cracker. Jamie Oliver's got you covered. Jamie's Christmas crackers are created using leftover wrapping paper, newspapers, and comic pages. His favourite designer, Jonny Garrett, gives step-by-step instructions here.

Decorations for Your Tree

Another cone idea but the Good Ideas for You blog has more. Again, it's the embellishments (here bits of doily and ribbon) that elevate these from the ordinary to the elegant. Take a gander and get busy.


Newspaper may seem like a ho-hum cheapo kind of gift wrap but it depends on what you use to embellish it with. Here German photographer, Helgo Noack, uses a simple sprig of flowers and a plain cord to create a simple but elegant gift wrapper. You'll find dozens of ways to uplift blah, I mean, inexpensive newspaper gift wrap online. And it's so handy!


Torryne Choate created her wreath entirely from recycled Vogue pages. To make it, she cut pages into 6” squares, accordion-folded them, wired them to a metal wreath form (a wire coat hanger would do), and then fluffed out the folded squares to create this one-of-a-kind holiday wreath. I made a similar one from newspaper and posted it here

Here’s a tip: Foreign papers often look more lovely than ours, so don't hesitate to use these. I get mine for free at our local public library. 

Categories: DIY, Christmas, Magazines and Newspaper

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