Brett Bara over at Design*Sponge came up with this wonderful tutorial (complete with a gazillion detailed photos. Well, not a gazillion, but a lot) to recycle paper packing material into a very cute yarn basket. Brett said this took an afternoon to create, and the fact that it's reusing something that would normally be chucked in the recycling bin or, even in the fireplace, is pretty nifty. Plus, you'd have something pretty cool to show for that afternoon rather than watching a Real Housewives marathon.
The paper takes on an almost leather-like appearance. Especially with that nice stitching.
Check out the full tutorial: Design*Sponge - Sewing 101: Recycled Paper Basket
(Images: Brett Bara / Design*Sponge)