Reusing Newspaper....Beyond Sailor Hats


Ideas for recycling newspapers are literally as vast as the imagination.  Newspapers make windows sparkle and can be used as mulch in a garden.  They make great woven mats to sit on while camping Newspapers have even been used as wallpaper! 

This month we take you OUT of the pressroom, and invite you to get creative!

A sampling of ideas...a little something for everyone:


Click on the links below to find a variety of new uses for your used newspaper.

Keep #20 in mind for next winter...

A genuine "This Old House" link...anyone need to patch a hole?

This is a site for homemade gifts or home decorating ideas...more than just a list...this one has how-to pictures.


Speaking of #19...if you never tried that as a kid, it's not to late to learn.        

History of the Pi�ata

One classic use for recycling newspapers is using paper mache techniques to make a pi�ata. 


Most people think of pi�atas as a fun activity for parties. The history of the pi�ata reveals many interesting facts that go beyond the playing of a game, although pi�atas certainly have been intended for fun.


Pi�atas may have originated in China. Marco Polo discovered the Chinese fashioning figures of cows, oxen or buffaloes, covered with colored paper and adorned with harnesses and trappings. Special colors traditionally greeted the New Year. When the mandarins knocked the figure hard with sticks of various colors, seeds spilled forth. After burning the remains, people gathered the ashes for good luck throughout the year.


When the custom spread to Spain, the first Sunday in Lent became a fiesta called the 'Dance of the Pi�ata'. The Spanish used a clay container called la olla, the Spanish word for pot. At first, la olla was not decorated. Later, ribbons, tinsel and fringed paper were added and wrapped around the pot.


At the beginning of the 16th century the Spanish missionaries to North America used the pi�ata to attract converts to their ceremonies. However indigenous peoples already had a similar tradition. To read the rest of the article, click HERE.


Adapted from an article by Wendy Devlin on the MexConnect Website.




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Re-use as a Revenue Resource


Last month we asked if you had any unique ways of increasing your revenue.  Here's an idea that fits this month's newsletter theme. Consider sponsoring a Newspaper Re-use Creativity Contest. 


You could:


Ask some of your print advertisers to donate prizes, gift cards, or even cash.


Create categories by age group, and then by art genre (ie; collage, sculpture, usefulness, decorative item, best hat, etc.).


Ask your sponsors to help by promoting at their location, and in their advertising. 


Involve schools, Parks & Rec departments and Senior Centers.


You might find your community purchasing extra copies in order to express their creativity!


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