Working on a project is always really fun, but at the end of the day you’re left with a ton of scraps. Depending on the project, you may have tendrils of string or strips of paper scattered across your work table. Extra materials can also be created out of old thank you cards and other messages you’ve received over the years.
Instead of throwing these extra pieces away, get yourself a box to collect them in. For smaller or more delicate pieces, like the string, use little baggies. This way, your scrap box will be organized and easy to use in the future. If you’re wondering what you could possibly do with all of your leftover snippets, here are a few ideas to get you started on more stationery projects:
Make a collage
When papercrafting, it’s easy to end up with a lot of random pieces of paper. They can be a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. However, they can still be useful! Save each of your scraps in a container until you have enough for a collage. Using a fresh piece of paper or board as your base, adhere your scraps to the canvas. The pieces should overlap a little bit. You don’t want your base to show through. When all of your scraps are in place, finish off your project with a quote or picture. Make sure your quote or image has a bit of a frame so it stands out from the rest of your collage, as well.
Cut into shapes
For large scraps, use a stencil to create a bunch of similar paper pieces. These can be circles, leaves or squares. The shape will probably depend on the project. However, if you do a bunch of petals, you could make a flower image. The center could be a photo, and the petal scraps could fan out to frame the image.
Assemble a bookmark
Starting with a long strip of thicker paper, use scraps to decorate the face for a bookmark. Make sure you laminate it as well so the marker will hold up over time. This is also a good time to utilize extra string if you have it. Instead of letting the end of the marker hang out of a book, you can use a hole punch to attach a few scraps of string or ribbon.
Add a border
Long, thin strips of material can serve as useful borders in a project. You can either use them around the edge of your whole project or to draw the eye to specific parts of the canvas. Ribbon, paper, twine or lace all add interesting textures to a card or art piece, so when you’re contemplating your stationery design, keep this in mind.
Smaller scraps can easily be used to create fun magnets for your fridge. Get yourself some clear gems, strong, clear glue and magnets. Glue the pieces of paper onto the backs of the gems. The image should show through the gem and become a little magnified. Let the glue dry before adhering the magnet to the back, as well. When you’re done, you’ll have a unique set of magnets! You can make them even more fun by adding little googly eyes or other adornments to the front of the piece.
Construct an ornament
Leftover materials work perfect for decorating ornaments. To start your project, choose a piece of festive paper for your base, and cut it down to the size of an ornament. Place a festive image in the center of the paper, and then use your scraps to create borders and embellishments. This is also a great time to utilize any random buttons or pieces of twine you have in your scrap box.
If you have really tiny scraps that look more like confetti than paper, you can still make an interesting decoration. All you have to do is get yourself a plastic or glass ornament and fill it with your miniscule scraps. The variety of colors will create an interesting effect, and you can always add another adornment on top of the papers, like a little snowman or Santa Clause.
You’ll be surprised by the creative additions you can give a piece simply by placing a few extra scraps onto a page.