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Paper Scraps in the Garden

Do you find yourself with an assortment of paper scraps? Do you hold on to scraps with the feeling that you might use them someday? Do you love to garden? What does gardening and scrapbooking have to do with each other? Perhaps you have boxes and bags of scraps that are stuffed in a closet somewhere. Never fear, there is a solution to the scrap problem. We will be discussing several ways to store and sort your paper bits and bobs. Keep reading to find out how to use scraps in the garden.

It can be easy to hold onto something that we might use one day. Get in the habit of going through your scraps first when working on a project. Checking the bin first will get you used to actually removing paper rather than just adding to it. Sorting can seem tedious at first but it gets easier as you build a habit. It will help you stay clean and organized in the craft room.

If you love to craft and love to garden, try composting your scrap paper! Sort your scraps into two piles. Items that can be composted and paper that can’t. 

Can Be Composted     

  • Newspaper

  • Envelopes 

  • Junk Mail 

  • Coffee dyed paper 

  • Coffee grounds 

  • Egg Shells

  • Receipts 

  • Cardboard/Chipboard 

  • String (uncoated) 

Can Not Be Composted

  • Glossy Coated Paper

  • Paper that is Coated with Paint

  • Plastic/ Acetate

  • Vinyl

  • Glass

  • Metal

  • Paints

  • Stickers

  • Wax

Pace your scraps in a bin outside and cover with soil. Water and Mix! It is that easy. You can add scraps from the kitchen and lawn trimmings too! Keep mixing and watering until it breaks down. The compost mixture is great for the garden. Even though the scraps didn't get used in a craft project, they were put to use in the garden. 

July 06, 2022 — Tamra Merrill

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