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Top Ten Crafts made from Magazine Pages
Top 10 Crafts to make from Magazines
Crafts have always been fun.
Recycling is something that makes us feel good as we cut down on our carbon footprint that we leave behind. But is you combine the two. You "UPCYCLE" something you would normally throw away, it feels even better.
The latest buzz in crafting is creating beautiful things from...well what normally might be considered trash or recycling.
So that being said, what can you upcycle?
This lens highlights the top ten crafts you can make from old magazine pages. When I first started making things from magazine pages it was around Christmas time. I was wrapping gifts and found all my bows from last year had been smashed in storage. Not wanting to run to the store as it was late at night I started researching to see if I could make a bow out of something I had. I found that you could take old magazine pages, cut them into strips and create beautiful bows. Honestly I think they come out better than the cheap big bags of bows they sell in the stores. Here are a few of mine that I made (see below)
The instructions for these and more magazine crafts are shown below.
A Western Horsemen Paper Mache Cell phone and Kindle Holder - Guess what I made it from?
We have a fireplace mantle that I have some pretty blown glass and antiques displayed on. However, because it has four plug ins on the top of the mantle, it also tends to gather our cell phones and my Kindle Fire as they charge.
I really get tired of seeing the cords all the time and wanted to find some way for it not to look so messy while the cell phone and kindle was charging.
So I found one of those small flat rate boxes you can order for free from the Post office that wasn't being used and decided to create a box to hold my cell phone and Kindle Fire as they charge. I had been cutting photos of different things out of magazines and had a whole bunch of horse photos from an old Western Horsemen Magazine.
I just folded the box into a box except for the one side with the tap on it, that I tucked into the box and left the other side up for the back. Then using duct tape for the back to strengthen the box. Paper mache'd the photos I wanted all over the box, used some braided rope for the top trim and made a cute little box to charge my electronics in. I thought of putting a hole in the back and hanging it, but actually like it better just sitting on top of my mantle. It hides the cords and plug ins right behind it and gives it a western feel. I love it!
My Magazine Bows - Bows made from Magazine pages
These are so fun to do and very easy. I actually think I like them better than the store bought bows.
Number One: - How To Make Paper Beads
You can make beads out of magazine pages.
This is a wonderful tutorial I found on making these beads. I made some last night out of Magazine pages.
These are the ones I made. I used fingernail polish to coat them as it was all I had handy at home. Clear Polish of course! :)
Examples of jewelry created with those magazine beads above
This is a necklace I made
This is a necklace I made.
I love the teals in this one.
My own idea but I am sure I am not the first to think of it. in one of my necklaces, not shown here, I added little inspirational words to the beads a necklace like "love" "beautiful" "fantastic" "live" among others.
Number Two: - How To Turn Old Magazines Into a Coiled Paper Basket
How To Turn Old Magazines Into a Coiled Paper Basket
The video is not mine, but I wanted to share it with you because she explains it well. See photo below for the one I made.
This is a Bowl I made from magazines - They are really simple and fun.
I think kids would really love making these for a craft.
Number Three. Decorating with rolled Magazine Pages - Step One: Choosing your item to decorate.
This started as one of those white plastic holders for a notepad and a pen about twenty years ago. It was a handy little gadget to store pens in. I have had it for about twenty years but it was getting a bit shabby. So I decided to decorate it with magazines. The following picture tutorial will guide to how I made it. You can decorate many things this way. Maybe a soup or chili can into a pen holder? Use your imagination and upcycle some of your own items into cute little conversation pieces with a bit of color and style.
Step 2: - Tear a colored page from a magazine
Tear a colored page from a magazine.
Step 3: - Trim the Jagged Edge
Trim the Jagged Edge.
Step 4: - Cut the Magazine Page
Cut in half, then put those two on top of one another, turn and cut in 1/2 again.
Step 5: - Roll 1/2 sheet onto a Kabab stick
Roll 1/2 sheet onto a Kabab stick.
Step 6: - Using a glue stick along the inside as you roll it.
Using a glue stick along the inside as you roll it.
Step 7: - Trim it to fit
Trim it to fit.,
Step 8: - Glue onto Project, then coat with 1/2 glue - 1/2 water to seal
Glue onto Project, then coat with 1/2 glue - 1/2 water to seal.
Step 9: - Trim your project to your liking
Trim your project to your liking. I used quilt binding for this little paper and pen holder.
Step 10: - You are finished, admire your handy work.
You are finished, admire your handy work.
Do you like to make Crafts?
Number 4: - Tutorial - How To Make A Magazine Wallet Part 1
I have not tried this yet but it looks interesting.
Number Five: - How To Make A Woven Magazine Box
Just started my woven box today, these are the two sides. What I didn't see in this tutorial is how to hold it together as you weave. I taped fived vertical strips to the side of my crafting table. then as I wove each strip in, taped a small piece so they wouldn't fall out.
Another tips is to pull each end tight and make sure it is all flattened well before taping. My first side was a bit warbled.
This is the beginning of my woven magazine box:
My magazine Box
Number Six: - DIY: Recycled magazine Jewelry Made Easy!
Looks like fun stuff!
Number Seven: - Making Gift Bows from Magazine Pages.
Here are a couple tutorials that different people have made.
These are the ones I made.
My Magazine Bows
I noticed that you can make the bows look different by turning the loops down or up. Experiment and have fun making your own bows! Honestly i don't think I will buy anymore, ever!
Number Eight: - Christmas Craft - Magazine Christmas Tree
These little Christmass trees are very cute.
Number Nine: - Tutorial How to: Magazine Nails
Not quite my style but I would bet the young girls will love making these out of their favorite magazines. They might even be able to expressy themselves through magazine words.
Number 10: - Magazine Wastebasket
These are so dainty looking, beautiful! If you make this make sure you put a bag inside before tossing anything into it. It is too pretty to mess up!
I just wanted to thank you for stopping by.
Which is your favorite Magazine craft? Do you have any ideas for other crafts that you can make with Magazines?
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