Did you grow up reading the “funny papers”? I always enjoyed the Sunday edition, even if I didn’t get all of the jokes! My grandmother showed me something else fun to do with these colored papers – or any decorative paper laying around.
Paper beads are another great upcycle project that don’t take much time or materials to make something nice, which could easily be a fundraiser for your makerspace. Detailed instructions are here. It’s as simple as cutting out very long triangles, rolling them up, and putting small drops of glue at the tips to hold them together.
I recently saw this kit to help make it easier for younger children to make paper beads. You definitely don’t need the kit to make the beads, but it’s nice to know they’re still popular this many years later!