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Making an Origami Garbage Bin

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This is a guide about making an origami garbage bin. Using the art of Japanese paper folding, you can make an attractive refuse container from recycled paper.
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March 13, 2008

Another neat way to recycle newspapers is to fold an origami garbage bin!

I have only managed to make one so far. Because I don't subscribe to the local newspaper, I made mine from an advertising poster. You can sometimes get free movie posters at the video rental place, they have them rolled up in a basket behind the counter here and are FREE for the asking!

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VERY handy little useful origami. If you have a cold your tissues could be thrown there and the whole thing discarded to prevent more germs! In the kitchen it would be handy for peels if you can't compost them! In the craft room or in the CAR! The possibilities are endless!

By melody_yesterday

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October 14, 20090 found this helpful
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CindyM56 :: the link is directly below the text at the top of the page - (it's blue)

Bette :: I'm not sure but I probably right clicked on the page & copied the link from the pop-up window where it says "properties".

keeper60 :: I bought a wooden tool used to make smaller plant start holders- BUT if you wrap paper around a soup can & then tape the bottom you have a pretty good paper pot without buying the tool!

I would use duct tape on the bottom or sides.

Shosha :: Exactly! That was one of the uses shown on the box my store bought version! For little snack holders you could use recycled cereal box liner! Or for non greasy items pretty scrapbook or wrapping paper to match your theme! Foil too for some items!

The box also showed 2 placed together one topped over the other & secured to make a capsule of sorts of them!

This was such a fun post with such wonderful reader response ! Thanks and hugs back at all!

I am uploading a pic of mine that I made of newspaper before I moved here about a yr ago that I decorated with a small piece of pretty scrapbook paper. I then used a hole punch so I could hang it on my pegboard! The next reply will be a pic of the actual item I bought so you can see it - it's sort of crazy looking!

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October 14, 20090 found this helpful
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It's the cold/flu season & the origami trash can is ideal for dirty tissues that none has to touch to dispose of! Just fold it down & toss it in the garbage!

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March 19, 20080 found this helpful

Great Idea.

Just made one but used a smaller sheet of paper.. Going to try a few more sizes and use them for transplanting. Fit nicely into my trays.

Thanks for the idea.

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

I had no newspaper so I used ordinary sheet of paper just to try it. It worked well. I loved it but mine did not look as nice as yours. Probably the paper was a little too stiff.

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March 23, 20080 found this helpful

utterly amazing...thanks.I had so much fun.Ya can teach an old Nana new tricks.

Keeper

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March 23, 20080 found this helpful

ps..these can be made w/newspaper.put seeds to grow.When the time is right to plant outside.Plant the whole container.

You've re-cycled,and it's earth friendly..oh! keeps the weeds down also..Thanks again,Melody

Keeper

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April 5, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Melody, I LOVE IT! I was wondering how you got the direct link to the Garbage Bag. I looked at some other things on their web site and tried to bookmark the directions but all the pages I looked at had the same web address, their Home Page. Can you share your secret for getting the direct web address to instruction pages?

Thank you in advance. bette

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May 4, 20080 found this helpful

OK SO WHERE'S THE INSTRUCTIONS OR THE LINK TO THE INSTRUCTIONS?? I WANNA MAKE ONE TOO!! DON'T BOGART, GUYS!! LOL!! GIVE IT UP!!

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Melody,

This is really perfect for me to use old newspaper as garbage box. Thanks and keep putting new origami craft to save our environment.

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October 5, 20080 found this helpful

How clever! And thanks for the animated diagram. I followed the animation to make my first petit box from a 4 x 5.5" piece of scrap paper and then moved up to a page from a junk mail catalog (how pretty!). FYI the animation is more helpful the first time because you get a visual of how the paper is supposed to look. When I used the diagram to help me recall the steps, I was glad to have see the process via the animation.

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