- Arts and Design
New Uses for Old Magazines, Decoupage!
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.
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.
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Have you ever decoupaged?
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
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.
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.