Newspaper crafts

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By Karen Hart

Get crafty with newspaper using these fantastic activities. Use the children’s models to create a unique display for your classroom.

Newspaper is a really interesting (and relatively inexpensive) material. It’s great for a project on recycling, or just as an alternative material in art and craft lessons.

Try some of the following tried and tested newspaper-based craft activities – you might be surprised that something so ordinary can be transformed into something quite lovely.


  1. 3D fantasy forest
  2. Night-time silhouette picture
  3. Newspaper sculptures
  4. Newspaper hats
  5. Newspaper painting
  6. Newspaper weaving

1. 3D fantasy forest

3D Fantasy Forest

This is a good activity to use with children in small groups, working carefully over three or four sessions. Children often have to work rather quickly during art and craft sessions, but by giving several sessions over to creating a group piece of art, children have more time to discuss ideas, work out their own ways of cooperating with others, taking turns and sharing, and also naturally become more meticulous in their presentation.

You will need:
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines or coloured scrap paper (optional)
  • Sturdy grey or white card
  • PVA glue
  • Extra decorations, such as mini pom poms or sequins (optional)
  • The first thing to do is to cut two identical, simple tree shapes from your card.
  • Cut a slit in the first tree from the bottom to halfway up.
  • Cut a slit in the second tree from the top of the trunk to the middle – so they will slot together and stand independently. Keep the two pieces separate for now.
  • Tear some newspaper into small pieces and glue the pieces all over your tree sections. Then leave to dry.
  • Assemble your tree by slotting the two sections together. Then roughly tear some leaf shapes from coloured sections of newspaper and glue them to your tree’s branches.
  • You could add a few leaves torn from old magazine pages or scraps of coloured paper to make your tree look more interesting. We added just a few brightly coloured scrap-paper leaves to create a nice contrast. We also added a few mini pom poms to look like brightly coloured fruit.
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