She Rolls Up Newspapers With A Skewer And It’s Amazing What She Does Next.

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those old newspapers that somehow gets collected, in spite of your best efforts to get rid of them? Well, I have some creative home ideas for you to explore using those old papers. All you will need for this home decor project are old newspapers, paper glue and a glue gun, a slim rod (you can use chopsticks), a small paintbrush, a few bottles of various sizes (we will use them to make the different sized newspaper wheels), spray paint (color/s of your choice), a couple clothes pins and time! I find that home design tips are a dime a dozen, but I felt that this particular one was worth giving a shot especially since there are many preconceived ideas regarding recycled newspaper crafts, however, contrary to what you have heard these little tutorials are really just a treasure trove of awesome home ideas that allow us to be creative and environmentally responsible. It might not be the latest in home decor trends, but it’s been pretty consistent in the arts and craft community. So without much ado, let’s begin on newspaper (decorative) bowl.

Clear away a nice flat work surface and fold your newspapers into halves, don’t do too many at a time, since you might risk tearing the paper unevenly. Depending on the length of the papers fold again and cut in half. Next, we’re going to use that wooden rod and place the newly cut paper in a position to be rolled around the rod (start at the end of the paper, but the middle of the rod for stability). It should look like a replica of the rod except made of paper; slide the rod out and glue the end of the paper and fold it inwards until you get to the end and then glue that end onto the wheel that you just created (use a clothespin to secure it until it dries). Repeat this process until you have a wide enough wheel that looks like a small placemat; place glue in a circular motion over the top and use a paintbrush to spread evenly (let it dry). Next, make a smaller wheel that will be used as a base to support our bigger wheel and repeat the gluing process.

Finally, using the small bottles start making "circles" by wrapping the rod-shaped newspaper tightly around the bottle (remove when it’s sturdy enough for you to continue without the bottle support". Make enough that it can be glued around the circumference of the bowl. Now that the larger wheels have dried gently press the paper inward until you create a bowl type shape, then glue the smaller wheel to the bottom of the bowl and let dry. It’s time to whip out the glue gun and start gluing the different sized circles you created to the edge of the bowl; do this until the entire rim has been covered. When that has dried, spread a sheet of paper to cover the floor and place the bowl in the center, spray any designs that you may like, we used bronze and silver over the entire bowl (outside and inside). When the bowl is dried, fill with your favorite candy and showcase your work proudly!

Gather up all your old newspapers for this project | diy home decorating

Gather up all your old newspapers for this project | diy home decorating

I took all of the newspapers that I could find and placed it on my work table, diy home decorating is going to be fun today!

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Find a thin long rod for the rolling | home decor art

Find a thin long rod for the rolling | home decor art

After cutting the newspapers into halves, I took a thin rod and began rolling the paper around it. I promise that the home decor art we are creating will be the talk of the house once we are finished.

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Get your paper glue out and use it sparingly here. | how to home decorate with newspapers

Get your paper glue out and use it sparingly here. | how to home decorate with newspapers

When I got to the end of the roll, I used a little glue to secure that edge to the paper rod that I rolled (how to home decorate using newspapers).

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Slide the rod out and begin rolling into a tight pinwheel. | very cheap home decor

Slide the rod out and begin rolling into a tight pinwheel. | very cheap home decor

You remove the rod from the newspaper gently and then (again) add a little glue and start tightly rolling into a pinwheel, yes this very cheap home decorating, but it is going to take up some of your valuable time (smile).

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Use you clothespin to keep everything compact.

Use you clothespin to keep everything compact.

When you have rolled the pinwheel, glue the end to the wheel and secure it with a clothespin until it dries.

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Time for the decorative accents to be created.

Time for the decorative accents to be created.

I had a couple of different sized bottles and I wrapped the rods around them to give me different sized circles, these wheels were hollow in the middle.

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Again glue those ends in to keep it from unraveling.

Again glue those ends in to keep it from unraveling.

The worst thing that can happen with this craft is that the wheels unravel, I will repeat that you need to glue your ends in really well.

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Here’s another way to use the nail polish bottle for the paper circles

Here's another way to use the nail polish bottle for the paper circles

The nail polish bottle gave me two different sized circles, just by using the top and bottom for the paper wrapping.

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Make sure you use enough glue to keep everything together

Make sure you use enough glue to keep everything together

This is how you should start applying the glue to the largest wheel created.

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Finish applying glue in a spiral pattern for the bowl

Finish applying glue in a spiral pattern for the bowl

So, this is how you should end the glue application for the bowl, it ensures that the wheel for the most part has glue to keep it together.

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Spread the glue using a paintbrush to firmly adhere the rolls together

Spread the glue using a paintbrush to firmly adhere the rolls together

I used a paintbrush to spread the glue evenly and get it into every space on the wheel.

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Dried wheel is now ready to be molded into a bowl!

Dried wheel is now ready to be molded into a bowl!

Gently press the wheel inwards, from the outer to the inner circle until your desired depth is achieved.

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Decorative circles on deck and ready for application!

Decorative circles on deck and ready for application!

I placed my circles (in no particular order) on the table for application, and that’s how I wanted to apply it to the bowl rim – in no particular order.

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Get the glue gun hot and ready for this part of the project

Get the glue gun hot and ready for this part of the project

I preferred to use the glue gun for this circle application because they were standing on their side and needed reinforcement that you just can’t get from paper glue.

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Spray painting our finished (and lovely) newspaper bowl!

Spray painting our finished (and lovely) newspaper bowl!

We have a finished product! I sprayed my bowl with bronze and silver metallic paint inside and out. It looked lovely when it dried and it’s housing my favorite hard candy!

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