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« on: June 30, 2011 02:02:12 PM »

Over the years I have collected HUNDREDS of old magazines.  I do a lot of collage stuff and use the bits and pieces from that to make new paper.  But i think it's time for me to use up my magazines.  What else can I do with A LOT of old magazines??
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2011 02:34:41 PM »

You could use them on cards and in scrapbooks. I've seen trash cans made out of rolled up magazines and sunburst clocks. You could use them to wrap anything you ship or make envelopes.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2011 04:17:06 AM »

I used an old comic magazine and made origami flowers.

And there was a great tutorial somewhere. I'm sorry I can't give you a link because my internet doesn't work well. I found it on childmade.com.
You need a thick black pen and draw teardrop like shapes onto the paper and cut them out. Make different sizes. Then you glue them on a big sheet of white paper in nice ornaments. Hope you can figure out what I mean...


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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011 01:27:59 AM »

For pages with pretty pictures and patterns you could use the paper to make envelopes, or make covers for fairy lights like these (I made these for xmas presents one year, they look really pretty!)


or use the paper to make papier mache stuff...

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2012 05:15:10 PM »

I took the staples out so there were two pages attached. I folded them in 4s and then wove them together, covered in laminating paper and voila! placemats! I tried to roll the paper tight at first, but it was pretty hard, so i went with weaving thicker pieces instead.
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2012 07:06:53 PM »

I use my magazines to make beads.

First take the staples out, don't tear the pages out. Then you just cut each page into a bunch of long, skinny triangles. So if you want 1/2" beads, then you'd make the base of each triangle 1/2" at one end of the page, and bring them to a fine point at the other end. Then use a small paint brush to thinly coat the triangles with glue or modge podge or you can use a glue stick (if one side has colors that you want to show, make sure you're putting the glue on the opposite side), but leave a little bit of the triangle base uncovered. Then take one of those little coffee-stirrer straw things and wrap the gluey side around it, starting at the triangle base (enough of the base should be unglued so that it doesn't stick to the straw) and then continue to wrap it over itself so that the point is centered. You'll probably need to add more glue to keep the end from popping up. It should slide easily across the straw, but don't take it off just yet. Let it dry, and then coat the bead with glue, modge podge, or clear nail polish to help it hold together and stiffen. Once that dries, you can take it off and it's ready to string!

For me, using a glue stick generally produces neater beads, but you should definitely experiment and see what works best for you.

Also, you can reuse the straws as many times as you like if you're careful not to get glue all over them, so one box could last you a loooong time. So it's like double recycling!
Anyway, I hope my instructions were clear enough. Have fun with all those magazines!

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2012 09:03:29 AM »


I have a lot of music magazines that I intend to turn into one or two of these bowls. I may be some time....

Slowly but surely.... I will!
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2012 04:28:18 PM »

If you're in an artsy mood (and since you like collages) and would like to tackle a new technique, try quilling! It is where you roll strips of paper (magazine, in this case) into spirals and then glue the spirals into images. It's time consuming (you need patience!) but worth it in the end.
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2012 07:06:26 AM »

I also have a large number of old magazines, and I've been slowly working my way through turned them into something better. The paper is great practice for origami, I've found. I've also been cutting the pages into strips and rolling them up to make paper beads for bracelets and necklaces, which look so amazing when they're finished.

I also cut them into straight strips and weave them together to make coasters, placemats, or a bunch of placemats put together to become a box. Slowly but surely, I'm turning those old magazines into some really nifty things! Hope I gave you a little inspiration. Smiley
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2012 04:52:04 PM »


I have a lot of music magazines that I intend to turn into one or two of these bowls. I may be some time....

Have spent the past few days trying to work out how to do this! I can't work out how much of the page to use and I can't get them to roll correctly! Very frustrating!

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