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Most newspaper publishers have tons of end-rolls (rolls of unused newspaper paper) that they'll gladly give you for FREE! Even a small roll could be enough to wrap an entire year's worth of Christmas AND birthday gifts.
Simply cut your desired size and use stamps, stickers or cut-outs to decorate your paper, then wrap your gift! This is a great activity for kids and adds a more personal touch to gift giving.
In this picture, I used stamps then colored them in with markers and colored pencils. The bow is from a gift I received earlier in the year. Re-using bows is another ideal way to cut costs during the holiday season.
NOTE: You can find your local newspaper publisher in the phone book yellow pages under Newspapers". Ask to speak with someone in the printing department about the availability of unwanted end-rolls.
By April from Albany, GA
You can get end rolls of plain newspaper from most newspapers. Its width is the longest length of your paper, and it's plain with no print. I use it for the following:
It goes on and on and I'm still finding things to do with it. It's so cheap, you'll want two, but you could probably never use it all.
By Ardis Ilene B
Your local storage and moving establishment carries blank newspaper. It comes in large sheets about the same size as a full spread newspaper that has been inked with our daily news. It comes in a big bundle, and it is inexpensive. If you are moving, this is great to use as you won't get black all over your hands and items you are packing.
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I am looking for end rolls of newspaper print, as many as I can get.
By Tom from UK
Go to the newspaper printing place. They sell them cheap or will give them to you.
Call your local newspaper(s) and let them know you would like to have their remnant end rolls and they will most likely give them to you for free so they don't have to pay for the trash pick up. ;-)
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Our local newspaper provides clean, ink-free end rolls of newsprint, free of cost. This is much better than using paper towels to clean windows, mirrors and glass because there is no messy ink to make your hands dirty. Better than that, it's free! Each roll lasts me several months and doesn't take up much storage room. I also use the end rolls instead of printed newspaper when packing fragile items.
These could also be used for children to doodle on, (11/19/2004)
My mom used to have us color on it as kids and then she'd use it to wrap presents. Fun and useful! (03/10/2008)