One of my favorite eco friendly crafts is spinning yarn from brown paper….
This video shows how:
And, then, I love to weave the brown paper yarn into all kinds of fun things like this bunny and teddy bear.
I carved their heads from wood, and made their little shoes from scraps of garment leather that I glued to wooden soles that I carved. The navy shoes were made from a thrift shop coat that I cut and sewed into a ton of different things- bags and doll shoes and doll clothes.
I made their hands from scraps of heavy weight leather that I was given years ago.
Bunny’s face is lopsided because the scrap of firewood that I carved her from was wonky, but she forgives me for that!
I adapted this pattern from my etsy shop to weave their bodies on weaving sticks, using the brown paper yarn that I had spun: Here’s the link:
The brown paper yarn also works BEAUTIFULLY for weaving baskets. Here’s a link to my pattern for weaving baskets on weaving sticks:
And, here’s the link for jewelry to weave with weaving sticks. Brown paper is wonderful for making jewelry!
I love all the neat things that can be made with brown paper yarn. In our house, brown paper is NEVER thrown away!
It always gets upcycled into nifty new things 😀
This is my contribution to the monthly ‘Scrap Happy’ Blogging group- people who delight in making things from scraps and upcycled bits of this and that post on the 15th of each month.
Here’s the links to the rest of the group. I always enjoy seeing what each of them has done each month:
Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon , Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Noreen (this is me, but you know that) ,
Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith