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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Want to fold some awesome paper airplanes? Learn from the best. John Collins aka “The Paper Airplane Guy” got together with WIRED to show off some of his stunt flyers, and how to fold your own. Be sure to check out the second video for more detailed folding instructions.
Everything is better with butter, even this tastefully novel notepad. Chronicle Books’ Pad of Butter is a cholesterol-free kitchen staple for making grocery lists, jotting down recipes, stuffing stockings, and pranking Paula Deen (who we imagine would place it on a real butter dish). Contains 480 sheets, zero saturated fat.
We already know that stacked paper is one of the most explosive things you can put under a hydraulic press. Now, let’s find out what kind of paper makes the biggest boom, as the Hydraulic Press Channel tests paperback books, playing cards, paper pulp, and more under the pressure of their 144-ton press.
Field Notes latest Quarterly Edition is series of beautiful fall-themed memo books, each with an embossed and debossed image of a leaf on its cover. The three-pack of 48-page notebooks includes North American sugar maple, American elm, and scarlet oak designs. Annual subscribers get a special-edition fall leaf bandana.