Decorating with Shredded Paper

18 Mar

Things to do with Shredded Paper

If you read a lot of design magazines like me, then you’re probably fighting a serious magazine hoarding problem. I have a really hard time parting with any of my magazines, especially my old Dominos and the magazines my mother-in-law brings home special from the UK. It’s no secret I love to craft with magazine clippings – creating artsy collages and moodboards for design inspiration. So even though I have a legitimate excuse to stockpile them, I’m always looking for another fun craft that uses cut magazine pages.

Last week I was shopping for Easter basket filler and was underwhelmed by the selection. I’m not a huge fan of pastels, so needless to say, nothing appealed to me. It wasn’t until I was shredding some documents at that week that it dawned on me – I can make my own Easter basket filler with a paper shredder and old magazines! So one day on lunch, I got busy shredding. The shredded paper was really quite pretty and inspired me to find other ways to use it. Here are three great ways to turn your old magazines into chic accessories:

1. Create a unique piece of collage art

This project was really easy and inexpensive. I decided to create a diagonal stripe, however there is an infinite number of pattern options. I think a chevron pattern could be really interesting too. The collage artwork turned out great and was really graphic and colorful. Materials: Shredded magazines, canvas, Mod Podge, paint brush, acrylic paint.

2. Decorate a table with paper confetti for a festive and colorful look

It can be difficult to come up with interesting items to use when decorating a table. Shredded paper is graphic, colorful and adds a festive touch to any tablescape.

3. Swap out tissue paper for an interesting gift box filler

Gift wrapping accessories can really drive up the cost of a gift. Shredded paper is free and is a cute surprise for the gift receiver.

What would you do with shredded paper?

xoxo, Andi

6 Responses to “Decorating with Shredded Paper”

  1. cynthiamurdoch March 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I love the tablescape – it looks so casual. We have a cross-cut shredder so I would have to cut them by hand – Ugh. Last weekend I tried a shredded paper nest project that turned into a disaster! You projects look doable I’ve pinned your ideas and just might try one of them.

    • allputtogether March 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      A cross-cut shredder has disaster potential for sure. I had a hard enough time keeping track of my paper scraps! Thanks for pinning Cynthia!

  2. Lindsey August 8, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    This is the sweetest! Found you through craftgawker cuz your cute project was right around mine! Now I’m a follower!

    • allputtogether August 8, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Thanks Lindsey! I’ll make sure you check out your project and blog too!

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