Creative and Practical Ideas for Using the Newspaper

We’ve compiled a list of practical ideas & fun projects for you & your students to do with any extra copies of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Email us your finished projects to for a chance to win great prizes! We may even feature them on the NIE Facebook page!

Fun Ideas

How-to: Build Newspaper Structures – Learn how to turn the newspaper into a temporary toy that will increase your students' spatial reasoning abilities.

5 DIY Pots for Plants and Seedlings – Origami post made from newspapers? An eco-friendly DIY project for your students.

How-to: Newspaper Art – Turn newspapers and shoe box lids into wall art!

Newspaper Basket – A tisket a tasket, a newspaper basket!

Sew a Newspaper Dress – You’ve heard of duct tape prom dresses, well, now is your chance to make a dress out of newspapers.

More Newspaper Art – Recycling and upcycling newspapers into some cool tablecloths.

Five Fab Newspaper Crafts - All you need is a newspaper, sticky tape, scissors, glue, ribbon and colored paper.

Practical Ideas

Send a newspaper home with each student to share with their families.

Use the papers to line the classroom pet's cage.

Give extra papers to the art teacher for projects.

Tape newspapers to the tables and desks to prevent messes during craft time.

Lesson Components

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