Who needs fresh cut logs? A cheap and environmentally friendly way to preserve trees, while making use of those old papers, is to make your own.
To make these super-saving logs, you'll want to gather:
- A bucket of water
- A rubber mallet
- A dowel rod
- Twine [source: TCEQ]
Remove the colored and glossy sections of the newspaper from the regular newsprint. Stack the prints on top of one another, alternating the folded edges with the cut edges so that the pile is level. Soak the entire pile in your water for roughly five hours, until you can see the newspaper starting to break apart.
Once you remove the newspapers from the water, spread them out on a concrete surface. Push out what water you can with your hands, and then take your rubber mallet and finish the job by hammering out the rest of the water. Flip the newspaper pile over and repeat.
Take a dowel rod and roll the newspaper as tightly as possible around the rod (a broom handle will also work here if you don't have a dowel rod handy). Once the newspapers are rolled up, squeeze and shape the newspaper into a log around the rod. Tie the twine around each end. Slide the rod out and stand the log up to finish drying.
If you're interested in creating logs that will give off different colored flames, add the following (which you can usually find at science and teacher supply stores) to the water in which you're soaking your newspapers:
- Three parts potassium sulphate to one part potassium to create violet flames
- Strontium chloride to create red flames
- Calcium chloride to create blue flames
- Magnesium sulphate to create white flames
- Baronsalts to create yellowish-green flames
- Copper sulphate to create green flames
- Sodium chloride (table salt) to create yellow flames [source: Make-Stuff]
If you don't have a fireplace, don't worry -- there are plenty more crafts for your old newspapers. Read on.