CGP Grey’s Cortex brand created the Sidekick, a wide-format notepad that works hand-in-hand with your computer workspace. It sits between you and your keyboard and has a large, gridded area for sketching and a narrow space for to-do lists on the right. It’s made with 60 pages of premium Munken Lynx paper with a cover made from recycled coffee cups.
Jonny Builds set out to make a tabletop using a similar style to Micarta knife handles. After testing with large sheets of paper, he started over with thousands of small sheets of colored paper and laminated them with epoxy in a vacuum bag. After flattening its surface with a CNC machine, he carved a water ripple pattern and coated it with clear epoxy.
This book of Japanese patterns is great for making your own origami sculptures. It’s packed with 200 sheets of 6-inch paper squares printed with intricate designs in shades of blue and white with solid colors on the back. Great for making collages or papier-mâché projects too.
Other than bank statements and bills, we don’t find ourselves shredding too much paper these days. Artist Japhy Riddle took a paper shredder and turned it into a vehicle of sorts. Rather than applying power to its wheels, the shredder car moves as it pulls a roll of tractor-feed paper through its shredding teeth.
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.
Field Notes teamed up with renowned Minneapolis printer Studio on Fire to create these hot-foil stamped memo books. They feature fencing-inspired artwork by Aaron Draplin stamped in silver foil on Indigo blue cover stock. The set of three notebooks comes packed in a silver paper tuck box with blue foil. Field Notes subscribers get a bonus gold and red edition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.