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Uses for Newspaper


11. Litter Box/Cage Liner

Stretch your kitty litter by mixing in shredded newspaper. Keep pet cages easy to clean by lining them with newspaper.

12. Frost Preventer

Scrapping ice off your windshield is a lame way to start the day. Skip the whole affair by covering your car windows with newspaper the night before. Then, just peel it off in the morning, and you can be on your way.

13. Make Seed Tape

Make Your Own Seed Tape
Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Seed tape makes it easy to get the spacing right when you're planting seeds, but costs more than a pack of seeds. The solution? Grab a stack of newspaper, and make your own. It's the perfect activity for those cold winter days when you wish you could be out digging in your garden.

14. Seed Pots

Newspaper Seed Pot
Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Replace store-bought seed pots with newspaper seed pots. They're easy to make, and a great way to recycle:

15. Weed Blocker

Newspaper Weed Barrier
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Forget about landscape fabric. Just lay down several layers of wet newspaper anywhere you want to kill weeds, and apply a thick layer of mulch over top of it. Repeat the process again next year to maintain the effectiveness.

16. Compost

Add Newspaper to Your Compost
Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Newspaper is a great source of carbon. Add it to your compost pile (minus the glossy inserts) to speed up the cooking process.

17. Make Paper

Make Your Own Paper
Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Toss shredded newspaper in the blender with some water; give it a quick whirl; and use the resulting pulp to make your own paper:

18. Crafts

Newspaper Crafts
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Fold it into oragami; goop it up for papier mache; stretch it over a frame to make a kite – newspaper is the ultimate free craft material.
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