Newspaper Craft

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One summer, years ago, we spent several weeks making things out of newspapers. The book Crafting with Newspapers by Vivienne Eisner was our guide.

The book is now out of print, but if you ever have a chance to buy a used copy, be sure to get it — you’ll get lots of craft mileage out of it, especially for those long, lazy summer days when there’s “nothing to do.”

Here are some of the items we made and showed at the Mercer County Fair and at the Muscatine library.

All made from ordinary newspapers.


  1. Pamela

    That’s great!
    Is this an example of the 70’s earth-conscious recycled material aesthetic? Boy, the things people would come up with and seriously try to believe were beautiful enough to enhance the home!

  2. Michelle

    How interesting! I guess newspaper was a readily-available crafting material that should be revisted. I used to have a pattern for making a play fort out of newspaper. I’ll have to dig it out.

  3. Kate

    I know my son would love to make that train! I hope your post brings interest in re-issuing that book.

  4. Holly Schwendiman

    My mom was crocheting plastic grocery bags a few years ago into bags…they make the perfect swim bag! It’s always fun to me to see the things that can be made from items like this. ;o)


  5. Catherine K

    I used to love this book! I had it, but I can’t find it any more. I kick myself now because I think I threw it out; and with my newspaper subscription, I have more than enough material to work with.

    Perhaps, if they won’t put it back in print, someone can make an e-book or something so everyone can enjoy the crafts from this book?

  6. Carletta

    Oh how neat! My son would love it.



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