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Topic: Magazines Turned Home Decor  (Read 2079 times)
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« on: January 13, 2011 04:58:37 PM »

A couple of years ago I saw a tutorial for a picture frame made from rolled up recycled magazines. Over time I also saw coasters, bowls, and boxes, and I started to feel I ought to be making something like this as Christmas presents for some eco-friendly girls I know.

I will not lie: I didn't much enjoy this process. But, I really do love the finished result, so it was worth it.

In all, I made:

a small box,

a bowl,

two trays,

a set of four coasters,

and a box for holding them.

All it took was old magazines, Mod Podge, acrylic sealer, and patience.

I love the pop of color and abstract design that gets put into something so functional---and it was a perfect way to chip away at the stack of magazines sitting in the corner of my bedroom!

Mama of two, eeking out a few creative hours a day.

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."  ~Pablo Picasso
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2011 05:24:14 PM »

I just made a coaster holding box last night! I'm also most of the way through a coaster, but I ran out of pep. Yours look great  Wink. I can't master the rolling technique, just the weaving.
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2011 08:04:23 PM »

Great idea and you did a great job! What did the recipiants say?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2011 08:11:20 PM »

Mollypop, the rolling takes some practice, but don't sweat it. I eventually realized it didn't have to be quite as perfect as I thought to still look ok. (There's a quilling tool that's great for rolling tight rolls, too, although I didn't have one at the time!)

Autumnsunset, they really liked them. They love repurposing old papers, so they were pretty excited!

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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2011 09:41:53 PM »

I really love these. The colors add a wonderful pop. They kinda remind me of Warhol (who is my favorite artist). Amazing presents. Is there a tutorial for this?

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2011 08:53:25 AM »

Lola, no tutorial. I just figured it out as I went, but it just basically involves folding the paper over and over until it's the width you want and then weaving or rolling, using Mod Podge as you go to keep everything in place. it's not too hard once you get the idea, but it take some practice. Smiley

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