5 DIY Uses for Your Old Paper Products

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If you’re a fan of 76th Street Ink, chances are you’re always on the hunt for pretty paper products, but have you ever searched for them in your recycling bin? As it turns out, it’s pretty easy to up-cycle old paper products and turn them into your new favorite DIY crafts:

Gift Tags

The gift tag is such an underrated accessory to the perfect gift packaging because as everyone knows, details are the most important part of everything! Cut a few layers of your old paper into the shape you want and then use a perforator for the tag’s hole. Use a glue stick to glue the paper together and add some weight, and then attach twine or ribbon through the hole. Easy!


Why use a boring white envelope when you can make your own out of an old map, newspaper, or calendar? You’ll need an ordinary envelope to take apart for your template (make sure to keep it intact!), which you will then place on the back side of your chosen material. After you carefully cut out your traced paper, fold in the sides and bottom, and then crease at the top. You can use glue or tape to secure the bottom flap over the two sides and then you’re all done.

Bird Feeder

If you’re looking for an easy craft to do with kids, look no further—all you need is a toilet paper roll, peanut butter, and bird seed. All you need to do take an empty toilet paper roll, spread peanut butter evenly over the outside of it, and roll it in bird seed. Take your finished product outside, hang it on a branch, and prepare to be more popular with the animals than Snow White.

Wrapping Paper

Sometimes you just don’t have the right wrapping paper on hand for the person you’re giving a gift for but have no fear—you have a pile of untouched potential gift wrap waiting to be used! Think about newspaper for a journalist or book fanatic, a map for the world traveler of the bunch, and a fashion magazine for the woman whose style you will never attain.

Art Prints

Don’t you think that your favorite book cover or monogrammed stationery might look even better hung up than on a shelf? Consider it an alternative to splurging on custom gold foil prints (again).

Have enough paper but still looking to dress up your correspondence? Look no further than our customized return address labels!

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