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Turning Paper Into a Bowl

Turning Paper Into a Bowl

This video from Jack Mack Woodturning shows how the artist turned hundreds of sheets of colored paper and resin into a unique bowl. After cutting chunks of the composite into pieces, Jack placed them in an other bowl of resin, then turned the dried shape on a lathe to create the finished piece.

Inside a Toilet Paper Factory

Inside a Toilet Paper Factory

If there’s one thing humans use a lot of, it’s toilet paper. This video from Process X takes us inside Japan’s Marutomi Paper Co., a factory that cranks out millions of rolls of the stuff every month. They start with stacks of paper pulp that they wet and press into massive rolls, which they then print, wrap around cores, and slice.

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Things Could Be Worse Christmas Cards

Things Could Be Worse Christmas Cards
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From burning the cookies to forgetting to put booze in the Egg Nog, the holidays are filled with minor disasters. But these Xmas cards from Calamityware imagine bigger catastrophes like evil snowmen, tentacle monsters, and deadly alien spores. The message inside says “You can’t escape the holiday spirit.” Sold in a 20-pack.

Making a Guitar Out of Newspaper

Making a Guitar Out of Newspaper

Burls Art has made a name for himself by creating guitars out of unusual materials. This time, he laminated 700 sheets of newspaper to form a wood-like block. The result is an incredibly cool instrument with a vintage look, visible paper layers along its edge and neck, and historical newspaper headlines on its front and back.

What’s the Deal with Cardboard?

What’s the Deal with Cardboard?

In 2020, more than 120 billion pieces of cardboard were used to pack and ship items in the U.S. alone. It’s also one of the world’s most successfully recycled materials. New Mind digs into the history, science, and success of the ubiquitous corrugated paper material.

Peel-and-Stick Notebook Paper Whiteboards

Peel-and-Stick Notebook Paper Whiteboards
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These wall decals look like giant sheets of ruled notebook paper but work like dry-erase whiteboards. The set of decals is easy to place and remove from walls and includes four sheets in sizes from 8.2″ W x 8.8″ L to 16.5″ W x 23.5″ L.

The Cardboard Sessions

The Cardboard Sessions

The guys from Signal Snowboards teamed up with Ernest Packaging to create a custom electric guitar and drum kit made from cardboard. The Cardboard Sessions hands those instruments over to talented musicians to perform in impromptu jam sessions. Though they didn’t manage to make a cardboard brass section.

How Cardboard Tubes Are Made

How Cardboard Tubes Are Made

Heavy-duty cardboard tubes are used to protect rolled goods in transit and provide forms for concrete construction projects. SBS Tube shows off the production process behind these large tubes, which involves gluing together numerous individual strips of brown paper around a metal roller.

Uglybooks Notebooks

Uglybooks Notebooks

Give your creative ideas a fresh new canvas with Uglybooks notebooks. These unruled sketchbooks come in a variety of colors and portrait and landscape versions. The branding is printed on the shrink wrap and not on the notebooks, so you can doodle your own covers. Sold in 3-packs.

Paper Voodoo

Paper Voodoo
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Does somebody in your life need a blessing or a curse? Grab a sheet of Knock Knock’s Paper Voodoo! Simply fill in your desired outcome and rationale, how you’d like your spell delivered, and draw black or white pins in the recommended regions on your subject’s avatar.

Paper Rain

Paper Rain

To celebrate the end of the school year, Basha High School in Chandler, AZ has a ceremonial Paper Toss, where graduating Seniors take all of their papers from the past four years and drop them down the stairs. If this video proves anything, it’s that we’re using way too much paper when everything could be digital.

Paper + Pencil Manga Machines

Paper + Pencil Manga Machines

Shinrashinge creates amazing interactive manga which play out with the turn of a pencil. Each one is made from a series of opaque and tracing paper rolls that overlay and combine to tell a story. Watch three more of their tear-jerking manga machine stories here, here, and here.

Last Call Cats Notecards

Last Call Cats Notecards
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Chronicle Books’ cheeky Last Call Cats Notecards are blank inside, making them purr-fect for any occasion, especially for writing drunken apologies when you’re in the doghouse. The 16 cards feature beer-swilling, bar-crawling, cat-erwauling felines under the influence, playfully penned by artists Arna Miller and Ravi Zupa.

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See-Through Sticky Notes

See-Through Sticky Notes
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Bonomemo’s special sticky notes are made from tracing paper, so you can see through to images below for referencing or copying them. Sold in four different cuts either individually or in a set. There’s also an extra-wide version. We found some similar sticky notes on Amazon too.

Grid Pattern Sticky Notes

Grid Pattern Sticky Notes
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Office supply and organization shop MochiThings sells these unique sticky notes which have grid patterns printed on them. They’re ideal for doodling technical drawings, graphs, floorplans, and wireframes. They come in eight different patterns, and are sold individually, or in two collections of four note pads.

How Paper Cups Are Made

How Paper Cups Are Made

Enjoy this hypnotic look at a machine designed for the high-speed production of paper cups. It starts with flat sheets of paper, rolls them onto a form, glues the seam, adds the bottom, and eventually rolls the top edge, cranking out as many as 130 cups per minute.

How to Make a Paper Boomerang

How to Make a Paper Boomerang

With a little practice, tossing a boomerang can be a fun and rewarding outdoor activity. In this clip, boomerang expert Victor Poulin shows us how to make a boomerang that’s safe to toss indoors thanks to its paper origami construction. If you want a handmade wooden boomerang, be sure to check out Vic’s shop.

Torn Paper Portrait

Torn Paper Portrait

Artist DP Truong shows off another one of their unconventional portrait techniques, this time creating an image using torn-up scraps of paper. The portrait pays tribute to the late Vietnamese actor Hoang Dung. Blowing away the scraps at the end serves as a sort of cinematic goodbye.

Gift Wrap R/C Plane

Gift Wrap R/C Plane

Josh over at FliteTest wanted to put together something fun and easy-to-build after the holidays, so he took some leftover wrapping paper and used it to form the wings for a remote-controlled airplane. The glider-style wing design is pretty nifty.

LEGO Note Bricks

LEGO Note Bricks
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These colorful note sheets are covered with a LEGO baseplate design on one side, and a blank writing surface on the other. Sold in boxes of 224 sheets in blue/green or yellow/orange color schemes. The LEGO stationary collection also includes erasers and a journal.

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POWERUP 4.0 Plane + Flight Manual Bundle

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This lightweight, carbon-fiber airframe converts paper, foam, balsa, or cardboard planes into motor-driven aircraft. A smartphone app controls flight via Bluetooth and makes flying easy. This bundle includes the POWERUP paper airplane book, which includes templates for a number of cool airplane designs.

Post-It Extreme Notes

Post-It Extreme Notes
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A durable variant of the ubiquitous sticky note. 3M’s Post-It Extreme Notes will stay whole and stick even when they get hot, cold or wet. Use them in the kitchen, the garage and more. They just won’t stick to surfaces that are already wet.

Making Paper from Scratch

Making Paper from Scratch

The pulp that goes into making paper comes from trees. But there’s a big difference between the way a paper mill churns out bleached white sheets, and the steps required to make paper from scratch. How To Make Everything walks us through the process. It took about 28 hours of labor to produce their first crude sheet.

How Strong Is Paper?

How Strong Is Paper?

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel have been causing paper to explode under pressure for quite some time now. In this clip they attempt to measure just how much force a stack of paper can endure before failing spectacularly.

Totally Tubular Paper Airplane

Totally Tubular Paper Airplane

Most paper airplanes have straight-edged wings that stick out from their center. But this peculiar paper flyer looks more like the core of a toilet paper roll than something that can get airborne. WIRED and paper airplane expert John Collins show us how to make one of these surprisingly aerodynamic paper planes.

Pack This! Pad

Pack This! Pad
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This handy checklist will make sure that you bring all of the things you need when you travel. It has 60 tear-off pages to cover numerous trips. Stick it somewhere visible and start ticking some boxes.

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