My husband and I recently subscribed to the Western Producer, since Charles believes you can't farm in western Canada without reading it. It's amazing how quickly the stack of these huge newspapers piles up, and while I do bring a lot of paper in to the recycle depot, it seemed like maybe there was another way to reuse these. I can't remember where I saw it, but some magazine showed how to make "logs" out of old newspapers. Instead of the papers burning quickly, when made into tight rolls, they burn longer. So I made up a few of these and took some photos so you can try it too, if you like!
To start out, you'll need some old newspapers, some string (make sure it's not coated in something that will give off fumes), and a pair of scissors. Oh, and I used a big fat elastic too.
Spread the newspapers out and tear strips (about 2" inches wide) the long way.
I took a handful of strips and bound one end with the elastic band, then braided the strips together. You have to find the right amount -too many strips and it's really hard to work with. Too few and the "log" isn't very fat (plus, it takes a lot longer to do more braids).
When your braid is done, just bend it in half, take off the elastic and tie the end with your string. Ta da! A sweet little "log" of paper. I made a stack of seven which I will give away to a friend with a fireplace, since I don't have one of my own. When summer rolls around I'll make some for myself for outdoor campfires!
Maria & Cecelia
Two women who love Saskatchewan and are making lifestyle changes towards sustainability.
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