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« on: August 21, 2009 07:03:54 PM »

So my new obsession is rolling magazine paper.



There are many reasons for this:
First: it's recycling in the best sense!
Second: Magazine pages are full of so many colors
Third: the materials are dirt cheap (often free) and glue sticks are on sale everywhere this time of year.
Fourth: The final result is really neat!
Fifth (and final): It's a feel good project because of all of the above!



So I saw a tutorial on making a basket from magazine pages and loved the idea. It was from that fabulous book: Big Ass book of crafts. I loved the idea, had to it do and so set about rolling magazine pages.

First step was to cut the magazine pages into 2-3" strips. I'd recomend using a paper slicer for this, otherwise you might just give up in the first 15 min. This is a time consuming project but it's so very worth it!



Then starting at the corner you roll the page, I used a small knitting needle to roll the paper. When you're almost done rolling you apply glue liberally (glue sticks are ideal) and finish off. Now you have a rod with points on each end.



Now you can use the rods as they are for crafts such as this picture frame.



I mounted the rods onto one of those simple pine framed mirrors from IKEA which I had painted black.

Or if you're gunning for the really labor intensive stuff keep going. Take the rod and flatten it. Using the knitting needle (or what ever you used before) roll the rod into a spiral being sure to glue the last 2 or 3 inches. Hold the spiral in place for at least 30 sec if not more (the stiffer your paper the longer you should hold it)



Ta Da! You have a spiral! Now make about 200 of these and you can begin constructing your basket. Tongue



The base of the basket is just one giant spiral made by adding rods and rolling it all into one big spiral. It helps if you slip the rods into one another to help secure them. You can decide how big you want the base to be, but keep in mind that the bigger it is the more sturdy it will be as well.

However if the idea of spending hours and hours rolling paper (while watching movies of course) does not sound like your cup of tea, try something smaller, like this necklace.



Whatever you decide to do with your spirals, the next step will require every crafters favorite weapon... the GLUE GUN!
Nothing else seems to do the trick.
The glue needs to dry quickly and hold fast.



Now the book where I got the idea recommended you use a stainless steel container like a wastepaper basket or something as a mold. I didn't have one and just went at it with reckless abandon... a method that seems to have served me well for some time now.



So armed with this new information perhaps you'll face your junk mail catalogs with a whole new attitude!
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009 07:09:56 PM »

Neat!  When I saw the little thumbnail I thought it was buttons but that's a grouse idea!  I love the shape of your bowl, too.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009 08:52:26 PM »

So pretty!
I love reusing old magazines...I still have some from when I was a young teen lol most of the images cut out. What a great way to finally get rid of some of them. I just love spiraled, and circular shapes.
Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009 08:54:01 PM »

very fun!
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2009 05:32:53 PM »

Neat!  When I saw the little thumbnail I thought it was buttons but that's a grouse idea!  I love the shape of your bowl, too.
Huh
So I'm quite glad I looked up alternative definitions to grouse... I couldn't understand what a bird had to do with it...
Er... silly me!
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Thanks for the input, it's very encouraging!
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2009 10:32:19 PM »

That malma mirror is totally awesome. Cheesy  Thanks for the great tutorial!
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2009 10:20:34 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial.  I've always wondered how those magazine thingys were made.  Now I know!
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2009 08:12:40 AM »

That is so neat, makes me wanna try it now.
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2009 10:14:22 PM »

Wayyy Cool.  How durable are these?  Can they be used to hold mail or those decorative ball thingies?

Thanks for sharing this!
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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2009 03:11:08 PM »

Hey! This is so cool. I bet this would look so neat on a coffee table or centerpiece. : )
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2009 10:19:02 AM »

Wayyy Cool.  How durable are these?  Can they be used to hold mail or those decorative ball thingies?

Thanks for sharing this!
Tee

These are quite durable! I hold my sunglasses collection in mine  Cool
but it gets picked up and handled quite a bit (for showing off purposes)
The hot glue is part of what makes it strong, the more glue the stronger, but the solid rolled paper beads are pretty indestructible!
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2009 09:54:38 AM »

Well talk about kismet!  I was just cleaning off the dining room table (otherwise known as "the crap heap" by the daddy) last night and wondering what good use I could put my kids' stacks and stacks of "My Big Backyard" magazines to.  These and rolled paper beads are going to be keeping my lovies very very busy (and make the daddy very very happy LOL).
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2009 12:27:49 PM »

I love that mirror, but think I'm going to try this technique on a picture frame....(I have an empty picture frame that needs some attention)
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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2009 12:02:50 PM »

Great idea using it for a picture frame. Mix it up a little by changing the direction in which the paper goes!  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2009 12:34:04 PM »

I have seen these all over the place and I knew it would be something easy to make. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2010 12:26:03 PM »

So pretty!! I'm a magazine hoarder, and can't bear to part with me mags!!

Now I know how to turn 'em into works of art without sending them to the recycling center!! Thanks!

I already have ideas for earrings and a bracelet. Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2010 07:19:58 AM »

OMG  drool......

I was searching on Google for some cheap craft ideas and happened upon craftster.  I have soooo much free time on my hands and very little money so free and very cheap is good.  Craftster is giving me soooo many good ideas. 

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial.
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2010 06:57:29 AM »

I just keep going back and looking at this...it's so fantastic! 
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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2010 11:11:38 AM »

this is a great idea
i have a huge box full of magazines that i have been saving because i thought they would come in useful sometime  Cheesy i have tons of ideas of what could be made with the little rolled spirals
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2010 06:48:08 PM »

Oh Man! It's totally tickling me pink to see how I'm inspiring people! Yay!!

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« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2010 09:38:07 AM »

Very nice. But it requres som egood movies..!  Wink
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« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2010 08:21:03 AM »

*marking.  these are some of the best picture examples I've ever seen.  Thanks for a great post!
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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2010 07:17:24 AM »

cool! i love the bowl
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« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2011 05:13:43 AM »

Uh-oh! what is going to happen to all my sewing and knitting time after I saw this?  Tongue

Those baskets look so great and artsy, I could make them for gifts! Thanks so much Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2011 08:55:17 PM »

Awesome!  Not only is it upcycling - it's pretty, and useful!  Thank you so much for sharing this!
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« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2011 05:29:46 PM »

This is sooo one of my favorite things I've EVER seen!! Thank you for inspiring me- I am so gonna do something with this!
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« Reply #26 on: April 09, 2011 11:04:40 AM »

This is alot of fun and has great character.
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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2011 09:24:13 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial! I just started making one of these tonight! My spirals seem a little... small. So I am doubling up on rods for each spiral. How did you get your spirals so large? My rods are pretty short...I feel like I'm doing something wrong. XD

Edit: I started twisting the pieces a bit differently and my rods turned out much longer. I guess it's just trial and error!
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« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2011 10:30:28 AM »

This projects opens a whole lot of opportunity of creations! Thanks for the tutorial

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« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2011 03:42:31 AM »

Its look pretty ...
Its looking very beautiful in dinning table or some birthday parties...
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« Reply #30 on: August 20, 2011 09:50:41 AM »

Can the bowl withstand a lot of things being held in it? Looks so delicate. I think this is the next craft I am going to be doing at work.
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« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2011 11:44:49 AM »

Can the bowl withstand a lot of things being held in it? Looks so delicate. I think this is the next craft I am going to be doing at work.

I made a small one recently and it is a bit delicate. I have just been using it to put jewelry in.
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« Reply #32 on: September 03, 2011 04:00:18 AM »

I saw this idea and immediately thought it looked pretty awesome, so my attempt at paper rolling turned into this:


Great idea, and I think I'll be making that bowl too because this is quite fun Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: September 07, 2011 03:49:14 PM »

amazingly beautiful and amazingly green-friendly!!!
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one word! AMAZING! I bet this requires lot of patience, I am definitely going to give it a try! Again, great work!
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