Haute Homemade: A crafty way to recycle this newspaper
by Deirdre Long
Sep 25, 2011 | 2738 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I’m a big fan of recycling in my crafts. There’s just something extra fun about giving new life to an old object. So when I stumbled across an online tutorial for making art out of newspaper, I knew I had to use it for something. As you can imagine, I have access to a lot of newspaper (not only do I work at The Star, but I also subscribe to the Birmingham News).

The project was covering a canvas with newspaper “flowers.” It’s insanely simple, and only takes a couple of newspapers, an old canvas (recycle a used one, if you want) and lots of glue. And I mean a lot.

I really like the idea of paying homage to my profession through art, but I didn’t really feel like covering a canvas for my project. Instead, I had a boring pleated lampshade that really needed an update, so I just substituted that for a canvas.

To begin, I cut the cord out of the top of the shade, which gave it a cylindrical shape instead of its normal cone shape. Using a hot glue gun, I covered the inside and out with flat sheets of newsprint, folding it over the edges and gluing on the inside of the shade.

To make the flowers, I tore 2-inch strips down the length of the newspaper, twisted them loosely, then wound them into rosebud-like flowers around my index finger. The strips don’t need to all be the same size — different widths of strips will make different size flowers, as will how tightly you twist the strips (looser for bigger flowers, tighter for smaller).

(Watch what you touch while you are doing this project, because your hands will get dirty.)

Once a flower was twisted up, I secured the loose end with a dab of glue. Then I glued the completed flower to the lampshade.

If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t cover the entire shade with flowers, because it limits the light a little too much. It took about 80 flowers to cover this lampshade; it would probably take the same amount to cover a small canvas.

I love how this ended up looking — a modern piece, with a little twist. OK, with a lot of twists! There are little bursts of color throughout the piece (from a Food Outlet ad, I believe). But the best thing is that this project cost me absolutely nothing — although I do have to replenish my supply of hot glue sticks.

Instead of tossing this Sunday paper in the recycling box — or the trash — take a little time and create some art.

Find the original tutorial online at www.craftedblog.com/2011/04/how-to-newspaper-canvas-artwork.html.
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