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Updated on January 31, 2015

Reusing Old Magazines - Upcycling: Green Craft Ideas

Do you have a bunch of old magazines laying around that you don't know what to do with? I did, until I started crafting with them! Upcycling is a great way to turn those old useless magazines into a fun green craft project!

I used to have piles of magazines laying around my room, and I hated the thought of just throwing them out. I was bored one day and decided my plain white chair needed a little something extra; ever since, I've been obsessed with finding new ways to reuse my magazines and make something awesome with them.

Rear View
Rear View

Decoupage Magazine Chair

From White to Bright!

This was my first project that I used old magazines for. I started it when I was about 10 years old and gradually worked on it for a while afterwards. I just cut out colors, patterns, pictures and words that caught my attention as I went through a magazine and used a combination of Elmer's School Glue and water to adhere the cut-outs to the chair with a foam brush. I also put a few layers over the entire section when I was done so it would stay there and look neat.

Stock Up on Some Mod Podge! - This is one of the best crafting supplies ever created.

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Change Jar
Change Jar

DIY Change Jar

Loose Change....Finders Keepers!

This was a more recent project.

It was originally a jug of cheap wine. I peeled off the label and cleaned the glass with Goo Gone.

Then I cut out a bunch of letters from magazines, making sure that when they were arranged the right way none of the letters next to each other were too similar.

Finally, I used Modge Podge and a foam brush to apply them to the jug, and put an extra few coats over the top.

Paper Bead Curtain
Paper Bead Curtain

Paper Bead Curtain

This is a Throw-Back!

This is a project that I haven't finished, but would love to sometime in the future.

First of all, do you remember making paper beads as a little kid?! I loved it! I had this little toy thing that helped you make them too. Anyway, I saw paper beads mentioned somewhere and it brought back great memories of making them as a child.

I've been looking for a way to conceal some of my closet since it's a built-in with no doors. I came up with the idea of a paper bead curtain, and hung a shower rod inside the top of my closet. I made the beads by cutting up pieces of magazine that looked awesome, and made long triangular strips. Then I used Elmer's School Glue to roll them up and harden them. I strung them on thread, putting round beads and sequins between all of the paper beads to make them hang straighter.

Magnet Makeover

I got some magnets in my Thomas' Bagel Thins BzzKit, and decided they needed a facelift. All I did was cut out pieces of magazine that I liked, used Mod Podge to adhere them to the front of the magnets, and cut around the edges to make them neat.

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    • Paul Ward profile image

      Paul 

      3 years ago from Liverpool, England

      A really simple one, and good for the kids to do - paper chains for xmas decorations

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      laurenrich 

      5 years ago

      These are great idea. I like to decoupage. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      What a creative idea!

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I only found out how to do coupage about 2 years ago, and really enjoy it - finding suitable pictures and then matching them up is the hardest part.

    • AliciaAnn89 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alicia 

      6 years ago from New York

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you so much for blessing my lens!!

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      i love anything that has the words "mod podge" in the supplies list! *blessed

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      MarcStorm LM 

      6 years ago

      Great article! My mom has so many magazines piling up! She wants to go through and get all the stuff out of them to use for scrapbooking and hasn't yet. She needs to scan them to the computer but she's been busy, so hopefully she'll get around to it and recycle them. She has also done this sort of project you did. She loves angels and Victorian décor so she took pictures & put them all on a tv dinner type table and it looks nice. I like the way your chair came out!

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      Ann 

      6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      Cool ideas, I love the chair

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great idea especially on the reuse magazine on the chair.

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      sherioz 

      6 years ago

      I love doing decoupage.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very creative, I loved the chair rejuvenated by old newspapers.

    • AliciaAnn89 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alicia 

      6 years ago from New York

      @Annamadagan: Thanks! And thanks for stopping by.

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      Annamadagan 

      6 years ago

      Fun ideas! I like them.

    • AliciaAnn89 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alicia 

      6 years ago from New York

      @GonnaFly: Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Jeanette 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Great ideas. This lens has been blessed and added to my Upcycling Ideas lens.

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      Alicia 

      6 years ago from New York

      @KimGiancaterino: That's so cool! I just started cutting out plant images and jewelry images for 2 pieces I want to start.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas. I read about some women in Africa who make jewelry out of old magazines. They use a special roller to create different sizes. I have hundreds of gardening magazines. Maybe someday I'll have time to cover a piece of furniture with plant images.

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      Alicia 

      6 years ago from New York

      @PromptWriter: Thanks so much for stopping by and liking my lens! I'm going to try the bead curtain again soon, as well as a kind of woven basket.

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      Moe Wood 

      6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Great ideas! I especially like the bead curtain -- I've always wanted a bead curtain but they are so expensive.

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      Alicia 

      7 years ago from New York

      @Pegasus72: Thanks! That's awesome I hope the jar comes out well. I love mine.

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      Pegasus72 

      7 years ago

      I am glad you did the bead thing this is great , that chair is amazing and as for the loose change jar, I am going to make one of those.

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      myraggededge 

      8 years ago

      I do hope you manage to finish your beaded curtain! Some great ideas here. We use lots of old National Geographics for art journal collages. Would definitely like to try the chair and the beads.

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @ClinicallySigni: Awesome I'm so glad I could give yousome ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      ClinicallySigni 

      8 years ago

      Awesome ideas! Being a Chiropractor we have a TON of left over reception area magazines. You gave me some more ideas and new ideas on how to recycle them. Thanks for the great lens!

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @kimmanleyort: Thanks so much! That's awesome that you've seen a magazine chair before, I never have, I want to! I appreciate it!

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      kimmanleyort 

      8 years ago

      Great job on this lens. I have always enjoyed decoupage and have seen magazine chairs before and found them fascinating. Yours is really good.

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @justholidays: Thank you so much!

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @SacredCynWear: Thanks!

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      justholidays 

      8 years ago

      I really appreciate the fact that you showcase your own creations! Decoupage is an entertaining way to give a new life to used objects - recycle papers. Excellent tips!

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @Mickie Gee: Glad I could inspire you!

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      SacredCynWear 

      8 years ago

      What a wonderful idea, very modern indeed..

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      Mickie Goad 

      8 years ago

      I have tons -- I mean tons!-- of old magazines. Must go through them to find some good images to decoupage. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @aishu19: Thank you very much!

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @indigoj: Thanks so much I'm excited to add more!

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      aishu19 

      8 years ago

      This is such a cool way of using all those old magazines. You are indeed very creative

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Clever ideas for using old magazines. I especially like the bead curtain! Look forward to seeing more of your lenses here on Squidoo.

    • AliciaAnn89 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @delia-delia: thanks so much for looking at my lense and your awesome comment!

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @LadyLovelace LM: Thanks! It's really fun you should try it!

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      Delia 

      8 years ago

      great artsy craft ideas! love the chair!!

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      LadyLovelace LM 

      8 years ago

      I do love your chair - might have to dig out my old magazines, now!

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @LisaAuch1: Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it. :) Just a tip for the curtain, make sure that you wrap the beads tightly so the ends don't have a large hole, then they make a zigzag instead of a line, unless that's what you're goind for! Thanks again!

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      Lisa Auch 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      I loved this, and I think I am going to try out the beaded curtain Idea, keep the recycling projects coming! look forward to your seeing your other work

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @Lee Hansen: Thanks so much for looking at my lens,and lensrolling it too!

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Groovy ideas for decoupage - lensrolled to FABulous Easy Paper Crafts!

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @Mihaela Vrban: Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      8 years ago from Croatia

      Love it! (you knew I would, right?!) :))) Anyway, I would like to invite you to join a group I run for new Squids in the sea. You can find all the info here: https://hubpages.com/@freshsquids

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @marsha32: Thanks Marsha!

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      Alicia 

      8 years ago from New York

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for visiting and the great comment Darlene! I really appreciate it.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I like all the magazine projects. You are very creative.

      Here's to much success in creating more treasures and writing about them.

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      marsha32 

      8 years ago

      looking good so far, and I love your projects

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