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How to Make Paper Bags With Recycled Newspaper to Replace the Plastic Ones

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An excellent way to reduce the use of plastic bags is by using bags made out of recyclable material — they’re cheaper and do less damage to the environment. You can craft them from old newspapers, and they don’t take long to make.

5-Minute Crafts will show you how to do this in just 6 steps.

Instructions

1. Take 2 sheets of newspaper and lay them together on a flat surface.

2. Bring one end of the newspaper to the other end of the sheet, creating a triangle.

3. Bring one end of the triangle to the top of the last fold.

4. Fold the other end of the triangle and press; this way, the structure you are putting together will be compressed.

5. You can see 4 peaks from the newspaper sheets at the top. Put 2 of them inside the structure.

6. Insert it in the trash can. You can leave it there for a maximum of 3 days.

Bonus: gift bags

  • Take a sheet of newspaper, mark the measurements 15×3 x 6.3 inches, and cut this out.

  • Make a rectangle with the measurements 4.5 inches and 3.1 inches with the newspaper.

  • Fold the ends, creating a cube.

  • Place a cardboard base for the inside, make 4 flaps, and glue them together.

  • Drill 4 holes in the top and attach 2 pieces of string, which will serve as handles for your bag.

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