10 alternatives to reading the school paper

While the school paper keeps you up-to-date on all campus goings-on and how student government is spending your money, those that still print have yet to realize that they’re failing to address one question: What do I do with the paper once I’m done reading?

While being green and tossing it in a recycling bin is always an option, we came up with some more creative alternative uses:

1. Nail Art

Stay stylish with this artsy look.

2. Umbrella

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

Florida residents know what it’s like to get caught in the rain with no cover near and without an umbrella – it happens all too often. Just open your school paper to the center spread and enjoy some halfway decent coverage.

3. Toilet Paper

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

Look, we understand that the college budget is tight, and you gotta do what you gotta do. Just beware of paper cuts in unwanted places.

4. Cup Sleeve

Photo by Alexis Paige
Photo by Alexis Paige

Any coffee joint on campus sees hundreds of students a day, and it’s no surprise when they run out of sleeves for your hot beverage. Just tear off the back page and fold it hotdog style a few times. Wrap it around your mug and keep your hand safe!

5. Picture Frame

DIYs are fun! Have a rustic style dorm room? Break out that elementary school origami and make yourself a picture frame.

6. Gift Wrap

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

Give your smaller presents a warm, organic feel and use the paper as gift wrap. You can even choose to feature certain pictures.

7. Dorm Decor

Photo by Alexis Paige
Photo by Alexis Paige

Love a picture that you see? Cut it out and use it to decorate your dorm.

8. Book Cover

Replacing rentals can be expensive. If you want to keep that book protected, make a book cover with your paper’s center spread. It’s similar to making one out of a paper bag.

9. Packing Material

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

Don’t waste money on bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Just scrunch up the paper around any fragile cargo.

10. Cleaning

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

If you’re looking to clean up your dorm, ditch the paper towels and use Windex with newspaper. It’s known for leaving zero smudges on glass surfaces.

 

 

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