Here's a fun way to upcycle old magazines, those piles of snail-mail circulars, and more: Learn Origami Techniques! Our friends at sikana.tv have a video series starting with origami basics to more advanced skills.
Check out the DIY Video Tutorial to Learn Origami Techniques - a great family activity!
There are 25 different shapes you can learn to make - from easy beginner techniques to more advanced shapes like bats and swans. This would be a great rainy-day activity or a way to get those kids to put the electronics down when you amaze them with a cute frog or that flapping bat! This would be a great way to upcycle holiday wrapping paper too. Or better yet, surprise your children with notes of encouragement folded into adorable shapes they can proudly display!