I know I am lucky to have loads of odd materials - I have been collecting for quite a while now (most of life in-fact wow that is a long while!!!!) anyway. But we can all just look in our recycling bin and see bits of paper that would be good to use, so much junk mail comes through our doors, magazines we read and discard. Wrapping paper is great, my family keep their's for me now. Old books the paper is wonderful for all sorts of art projects. It's great for origami and rips beautifully.
So I got out an old book we have loads, some brown wrapping paper that came with all my internet shopping and some red tissue paper that had been on a present my sister gave me, also found a scrap of lovely colour material that used to be a scarf. Some string - always buy jute string it's great for everything and my trusted pot of PVA. When I make stuff I do make a mess. I must take photos of the process next time so you can see How to make use of your house hold rubbish.