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Old 05-22-2002, 05:04 AM
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Shredded paper

Does anyone know what to do with shredded paper besides throwing it away or using it for a gerbil
I bought a paper shredder because we travel alot and I don't like my mail just throw in the trash. There has got to be some sort of craft we could do with it. I think you can make stationery with it but don't want to get involved with something that time consuming.
Thanks for any help that you can give me or suggest.
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Use the paper in your garden as mulch, wet it down good & cover with pinestraw or wood chips. Keeps out the weeds!
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Use it for confetti. Use it to stuff small craft projects.

Like you metioned use it to make homemade paper.
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Lightbulb homemade paper/ornaments

Look up information on homemade paper. This can be a lot of fun.

Instead of making sheets of paper, we formed our paper into Christmas ornaments by hand or using cookie cutters. Takes a few days to dry on waxed paper. Then we painted them with slick paints and acrylics and glitter, etc.

They turned out really cute...but definitely a "primitive" look.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. Looking for something a little simpler . Don't have a garden as we travel on the road all the time but that really would be ideal tho.
We don't usally do the Christmas ornamate things because we don't travel with a Christmas tree. I'll keep looking.
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Some of the things right off the top of my head are, use it for stuffing to mail gifts, it makes a great firestarter in the bbq, and you can also use it for packing breakables.

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I don't know how feasable this is, but here goes:
With the paper shreds and maybe some packing peanuts, how about a child's bean bag chair? They seem like a really easy sew and right now, they're pretty popular with the kids that I know.....might make a neat gift.
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I use it in my compost, make sure you have enough nitrogen rich stuff with it like leaves, grass clippings etc. The new soy inks most people use in printing now are environmentally friendly
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How about paper mashea (?sp) for the all your shredded paper?
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Re: Shredded paper

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Does anyone know what to do with shredded paper besides throwing it away or using it for a gerbil
I bought a paper shredder because we travel alot and I don't like my mail just throw in the trash. There has got to be some sort of craft we could do with it. I think you can make stationery with it but don't want to get involved with something that time consuming.
Thanks for any help that you can give me or suggest.
I don't know if I am doing this correctly as this is my first time here, but will try and write the few ideas I have.... First one won't help with your every day shredding of regular mail, but you can use your shredder to make easter basket filling or gift basket fillings out of colored tissue paper. I guess I would try a small batch of my regular shredded stuff mixed with a few drops of food coloring to see if you could color it. Do you think it would absorb essential oils to scent your closets?
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