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Uses for Newsprint

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Publishers do end up with remnants of the paper they print newspapers on. This guide is about uses for newsprint.


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By 11 found this helpful
December 7, 2009

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

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June 3, 20051 found this helpful

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:

By 2 found this helpful
April 13, 2016

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.


Here are some other ideas:

  • It is also great to spread over your table while you use your craft paint.

  • It is great to draw patterns on and cut them out.

  • It covers things if you are painting a room.

  • Let your little ones draw and color all over it. You could even tape it to a wall for them if that is how they enjoy coloring.

  • It is nice to have this on hand if you do any types of crafts, especially if you are using a spray gloss or paint. A bundle lasts a long time.

  • Of course it is the best packing material out there. No packing Styrofoam peanuts flying all over the floor.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 6, 2010

I am looking for end rolls of newspaper print, as many as I can get.

By tom lavery from UK


November 7, 20100 found this helpful

Go to the newspaper printing place. They sell them cheap or will give them to you.

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November 9, 20100 found this helpful

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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November 30, 20090 found this helpful

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.


By Kathy


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These could also be used for children to doodle on, (11/19/2004)

By Jocelyn Young

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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)

By Mia

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