Nowadays it is not rare to stumble upon piles of old newspapers and magazines or even unwanted books. You can't rescue everything and most stuff including old and colourful encyclopedias so dated to be practically useless often get destroyed, yet they can still be recycled or transformed into something else.
This is what I did a while back when I made this simple necklace using paper (a circle puncher is a useful tool to make this design) and some large wooden beads.
I reused the idea for a project in collaboration with a state school in Italy: a class of primary school kids made four necklaces for their teachers as a special Christmas present.
The paper came from books destined to be recycled, but then the kids hid some cute messages and drawings inside the necklaces as an additional surprise.
Everybody seemed happy about the final result: kids felt they took part in a collaborative effort while teachers rejoiced when they received a conceptual handmade gift by their pupils.
By recycling paper and adding their personal messages kids were allowed to tell a story about themselves, while learning that a valuable piece of jewellery doesn't have to be made of gold, but it certainly must be made with your heart.