“Making Furniture With Old Newspapers”

“Making Furniture With Old Newspapers”

Making Furniture With Old Newspapers

As someone who loves repurposing and recycling, I’ve found that old newspapers can make fantastic materials for creating unique furniture pieces. Here’s my guide to making furniture with old newspapers.

Gathering Materials

The main items you’ll need are:

  • Old newspapers – Look for thick, unsold editions. The larger the sheets the better.

  • Flour paste or mod podge – To adhere the paper sheets. White glue or watered-down Elmer’s glue also works.

  • A base structure – Such as wood, wire, or another material to build upon.

  • Varnish or polyurethane – For a protective top coat when finished.

Optional items include acrylic paints, sandpaper, and decorative embellishments. Gather all materials before starting your project.

Constructing the Base

Build a simple base structure for your furniture piece first. For example:

  • A wooden frame for a chair or table.
  • A wire frame for a sculpture or lamp.
  • Sturdy cardboard for shelving.

Make sure the base is strong enough to hold weight. Smooth and sand any rough edges. Then lay out your materials and visualize the newspaper design.

Layering and Adhering Newspapers

Start applying newspapers sheet-by-sheet:

  • Use flour paste or mod podge to adhere the paper. Apply a thin, even layer across the surface.

  • Smooth each sheet in place, removing bubbles and wrinkles.

  • Overlap edges slightly for a seamless look.

  • Use whole sheets or tear paper into desired shapes.

  • Alternate the direction and orientation of sheets for interest.

  • Add strips and shapes to frame edges and fill gaps.

  • Allow time to dry between layers.

Apply at least 3-5 layers for durability and strength.

Adding Color and Embellishments (Optional)

Once the structure is covered in newspaper, consider adding:

  • Acrylic paint for accents and abstract designs.

  • Sandpaper to distress edges and create texture.

  • Decorations like buttons, beads, lace, or artwork.

  • Stencils and stamps to layer patterns.

Let any paint fully dry before moving to the next step.

Applying a Protective Top Coat

The newspaper needs a clear top layer to protect it from moisture and wear.

  • Apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane or varnish.

  • Allow each coat to fully dry before adding the next.

  • Lightly sand between coats for a smooth finish.

The top coat prevents smearing newsprint if the piece gets wet.

Displaying the Completed Project

Once your newspaper creation is structurally sound and has a durable finish, it’s ready to use!

  • Place furniture pieces appropriately – a newspaper chair in the living room, a side table in the entryway.

  • Hang wall sculptures for artful accent pieces.

  • Style end tables and lamps for mood lighting.

The recycled newspaper takes on a whole new life in its inventive finished form. Enjoy the handmade uniqueness of your upcycled furniture crafted from old newspapers!