Whether it's from shredding papers or from packaging material in something you received, shredded paper can take up quite a volume of space. There are plenty of other uses for all that paper though. This is a guide about uses for shredded paper.
You can make your own free gift bag/basket filling by simply recycling your junk mail store ads, newspaper ads, or old wrapping paper. Run it through a shredder and there you go. :)
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Hope these hints will help. Have a wonderful day.
By Letageraldine from Tucson, AZ
When you empty out your paper shredder, put the shredded paper in the compost pile.
By djxn from Colfax, CA
To prevent the use of styrofoam peanuts (don't you hate those things flying around when you open a box), I use the paper in my shredder. I place it in a Walmart/plastic bag and use as packing material. You can squish it around about anything to protect from movement. The receiver is grateful as no peanuts or loose shredded paper to deal with, all is contained in bag. Excellent for fragile shipping. I always write "PLEASE RECYCLE" on the outside of the bags so they will do the same or maybe save for later use.
By Tracey from Thomasville, GA
To make curlicues out of shredded paper for Christmas presents; you take regular shredded paper and wrap it around a knitting needle, or larger bamboo skewer, (did you know that bamboo is the only really waterproof wood) and spritz it lightly with a mister bottle, then place it in a warm place, or oven, to dry; this is another way to curl yarn for dolls hair.
Source: This has been taught by crafters for years, the technique can be used on almost any paper or yarn.
By Mary from Atascadero, CA
We have a local pet shelter here that likes the community to donate shredded paper for the animals. They have may uses for the shredded papers. I have a large paper shredder which I use to get rid of junk mail and anything else I don't want to go into the trash whole.
When I make a gift basket, I use the shredded paper from my shredder for filler. Sometimes I shred some colored paper, a comic strip, or some left over gift wrap and use it on top of the plain shredded paper for a fancier basket.
Instead of throwing out your mounds of shredded mail and documents, keep them in plastic trash bags (which will keep them dry and clean) and use as shipping package stuffing when needed.
Shred your old e-mail paper and use at the bottom of your bean/pea trench. It retains any moisture and keeps beans happy.
I have nine cats, the result of some volunteer work with a trap, neuter/spay/vaccinate, and release program. (I had trouble with the release part!) With the price of cat litter soaring, I decided to try to use my daily Chicago newspaper, which is large, in litter boxes.
To stop the birds eating my newly sown seeds, I cover them with a small amount of paper from my shredder. I also use this shredded paper in the strawberry patch to keep them off the ground and as mulch where ever it is needed.
By Gwen from Tasmania, Australia
I used shredded paper as mulch and robins were taking it as nest building material. (05/15/2009)
Worms also love the shredded paper when you use it as mulch. I also use shredded paper instead of straw in the chook (hen) shed. Works well, is cheap and it is recycling. Gwen we will be in your world (Tassie) this coming Thursday. Can't wait.