I can’t tell you how different our three boys are! Our middle son is our artist. His day is not complete unless he has made multiple drawings. I find his artwork everywhere, including “books” he likes to make where he staples a whole bunch of paper together.
If you have an artist in your family, you may understand just how much paper they can go through! My husband and I are fine with using paper if he is drawing on it, but frequently he staples ten sheets of paper together for a book and then only draws on 5 of them. I have taken to carefully removing the staples and salvaging the unused sheets for future art projects
So, when I was unwrapping some items that a store clerk had put in packing paper, I had an epiphany! I decided to create a “Magic Book” out of the oversized packing paper.
If you are not familiar with what a magic book is, it is a way to fold a single piece of paper into an 8-page book. Typically, you would use a sheet of copy paper, so you end up with a very small book. By using the packing paper, you end up with a book that is essentially the size of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper folded in half.
As you can see, the packing paper was slightly wrinkled, but really it was not that bad. I happened to have the iron out at the time, so I ironed the wrinkles out of the book after I folded them. Normally, I would consider ironing paper going overboard!
Since there is no point in reinventing the wheel, I have included a link to very good instructions on how to fold the paper to create the book. Click here.
Our son was SO EXCITED to get all of these “books” to fill up. It was such a success, that after he used up all of the books I made using the packing paper, I made him a couple using a roll of butcher paper that I cut to the same dimensions as the packing paper.
Don’t you just love finding a good use for something that you would normally just throw away?