Utilise your Magazines in an Upbeat Way
Upcycle them into a Coffee Table!
I love magazines on Interior Decorating, and they lie around because I love browsing through them for inspiration, but you tend to run out of space pretty soon, especially if you're living in a small space.
The perfect way to keep them handy, is to stack them and turn them into something functional. I love the idea of upcycling, recycling and re-utilising, so I'm always making plans to utilise what I already have in some other way.
We used to go to auctions a lot when I stayed on a small holding and there was usually a variety of goodies lying around that were begging for some sort of upcycling That's how my first glass topped table came about!
All photos taken by me (Copyrighted) unless otherwise credited.
A Pane of Thick Glass
Stack your Magazines
You can stack them any way you want! In a single pile, double pile, four piles...it just depends on how many you have, what space you have and the size of your piece of glass.
Mine is not very neat, and they consist of all types and sizes. You can sort them into similar sizes and make them neat if you have enough of every type. You can also use the back spines to make a design pattern facing where you can see them.
If you have four stacks you can make a checkerboard pattern by stacking them with the binding sides facing in the four different directions.
Put your Glass on Top
Choose glass that is thick enough to not break easily when you put something on top of it and ensure that the edges are not sharp. You can edge it with several layers of tape and paint it or stick some rope or twine on, even some mosaic tiles will look quite pretty if you're crafty! If not, and you're buying a piece of glass, ask your supplier to dull the edges for you.
If the glass is larger than the stack of magazines, just make sure that it is not too big so that it will tip if you put something on the side, like a cup full of hot coffee or tea!
You can also make a long table with two stacks of magazines at the ends and empty space in between with a long rectangle of glass, I think this will actually look quite cool!
My original idea
used an old railway pane of glass
I originally used this idea for my magazines with a pane of security glass from an old railway carriage of the South African Railways. It had a very prominent Springbok Emblem emblazoned on the very thick, shatterproof glass that made it very distinctive.
I've since mislaid my piece of glass...would have liked to use it like this again, it was very safe and sturdy - brilliant for this purpose!
Photo Credit: www.flickr.com - Danie van der Merwe (cc Creative Commons)
This Heritage Steam Train still runs - between Cape Town and Simon's Town in South Africa
It uses the old carriages that had these panes of glass in. I loved these old steam locomotive trains and still remember going on one through South Africa as a child when we travelled from the north all the way down to the Cape to go and visit family. The rails were not welded together and the train made a very distinctive cluck-cluck sound as the metal wheels went over the gaps between the rails. Miss that.
It was a very memorable trip, especially as I will never forget my eyes streaming from getting soot in them when I hung out the window! And my mom's rainbow sandwiches...those were great times!
Photo Credit: www.flickr.com - Danie van der Merwe
Heritage Railways in South Africa - ...just in case you want to book a trip!
...or meander through memory lane. South Africa has narrow gauge rails, so the trains are not as wide as in the USA. We still have a number of Heritage Steam Trains running regular trips. Awesome sound, those whistles!
Ah! My pane of glass HAVE hauled up some memories!
- Friends of the Rail - South Africa
South African Friends of the Rail
Inspiration for Upcycling on Amazon - ReCraft, ReCycle, ReDesign
I think this needs to be on my Wish List!
Love this title...Re-Everything!
Teach your little ones this valuable lesson. The next generation will have it in them not to waste!
Are you a Recycler? - Part of the Green Generation?
There are so many options about nowadays to recycle, and we really need to make an effort to do this. Do you recycle yet or are you planning to? This needs to be a part of life for us, our planet is being covered in things we chuck. Until we get to the phase where we do not need to wrap anything in unnecessary junk, we need to make recycling a lifestyle choice.
Do you Recycle?
What do you think of the idea of Upcycling? Have you come across or done anything like this?
Please let us know or leave a link, would love to go see!