An ordinary paper shredder is good for more than just destroying personal documents. It can be used in countless creative and practical ways. Empty the basket, and clean the blades to remove any leftover scraps. It can be used for crafting, gardening and much, much more. Consider these six alternate uses, and come up with some of your own. What was once thought of as nothing more than a shredding implement is an invaluable tool that goes way beyond protecting your finances and privacy.
Make Easter Basket Grass
Why buy Easter basket grass when you can easily make it in a matter of minutes? Simply shred pieces of green construction paper. You can make mounds of faux grass to fill baskets for holding candy, colored eggs and pretty spring decor.
Create Confetti for Crafting and Celebrations
Confetti can be purchased in party supply stores, but you do not have to buy it. Use your shredder to make confetti for crafting and celebrating. Shred sheets of construction paper in colors of your choice. You can create a rainbow of paper confetti that will cost just pennies to make.
Use Shredded Newsprint to Prevent Garden Weeds
Instead of tossing all of your old newspapers into the recycling bin, run some of it through a shredder. Shredded newsprint can be used as a natural way to prevent weeds. Dampen the soil before surrounding your garden plants. After covering the damp soil, use a hose to moisten the paper as well. Tamp it down to keep it firmly in place. Weeds and other unwanted foliage will be choked out, and your plants will grow and thrive.
Create Gorgeous Gradient Decor
You can create inexpensive and highly stylish decor with your paper shredder and clear vases or other clear lidded containers. Shred three or more shades of the same hue. Arrange it inside of a container of your choice in layers that range from darkest to lightest to create gorgeous gradient tabletop decor. It will look like something from a high-end store.
Shred Junk Mail for Packing Material
Junk mail is good for more than just lining trashcans. It can be shredded and stored for future use. It makes fantastic packing material. Save and shred used envelopes, ads and any other unwanted junk mail that arrives in your mailbox. Use it instead of crumpled paper or foam peanuts when mailing fragile items.
Crimp and Shred Colored Paper for Gift Bags
Tissue paper or the crimped and shredded variety for gift bags and baskets can be quite expensive. You do not have to buy these types of fillers. Crimp and shred colored construction paper or cardstock. Begin by folding it accordion style and firmly crease it. Unfold the paper, and run it through the shredder. It will retain the crinkles and folds. Use it to line bags, baskets and other containers for gifts, home decor and more.
Source: Green Living and Advanced Crafting Experience