You may often think about recycling newspapers, and on recycling day, you may put your old papers out for pickup. But have you ever thought of recycling newspapers….into a skirt? Creating a newspaper skirt is easy, and wearing one out in public would be a great conversation starter. So, stop looking at those old newspapers as trash and start thinking about the funky garment you could make from them.

Things You'll Need

Open and place a single sheet of newspaper on a flat surface. Fold it in half, then in half again and then once more, making three folds in total. Repeat this procedure with a second sheet and staple the two together at the ends to form the skirt’s waistband.

Wrap the waistband of the skirt around your waist to measure the skirt. Add 6 inches to the measurement then cut off any excess newspaper.

Lay another single sheet of newspaper on your work surface and repeat the folding process described in Step 1 except this time, fold it in half a fourth time to create a thinner strip than the waistband. Cut this strip in half and staple the halves side by side on one end of the waistband. Repeat this process until you have covered the waistband from edge to edge.

Place another sheet of newspaper on your work surface. Fold it in half, then in half again and then once more — just like you did in Step 1. Staple this over the strips you just added to your waistband. Repeat this process until you have again covered the waistband from edge to edge. If there are any gaps, fill them in by creating more strips of this size and stapling them on where the gaps are.

Create a bow, if desired. If you do not want to add a bow to your skirt, skip this step and the next and move on to Step 7. Take another sheet of newspaper and fold it in half, then in half again, then once more — making a total of three folds. Lay out a second sheet of newspaper and fold it in half, then in half again, then twice more — creating a thinner strip, with four folds in total.

Lay the two folded strips of paper for the bow on your work surface, placing the thicker strip over the middle of the thinner one to create a cross shape. Fold the thinner strip over the thicker one and staple it where it meets the edge of the thicker strip. Cut off any excess paper. Hold the top and bottom of the thicker strip and pull gently to create a bow. Staple the bow to one end of the skirt.

Cut the Velcro 3 or 4 inches wide and staple one side to one end of the skirt and the other to the other end of the skirt (or where the bow is). Your skirt is now finished and ready to wear.

Tips

  • If your skirt is too big, add more Velcro to it to help cinch it in.