Make Crafts from Recycled Magazines

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Are you thinking about smart ways you can make extra bucks at low or no cost at all? Why not go green and learn how to make crafts from recycled magazines? Not only are they fun and easy to make, but it's also an eco-friendly way to keep your creative juices flowing.

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Cute Pop Up Flowers

This is something really fun you can do with your kids, especially this holiday season. Allow them to make their own Christmas decor with these cute magazine 3D flowers!

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You're going to need

  • Pair of scissors
  • Glue gun or glue stick
  • Cardstock
  • 9 pages of a magazine

Procedure

  1. 1
    Get one sheet of magazine and fold it in half.
    You can trim the edges off later, so don't worry about the sides being torn. Fold it again in half so that it will now be down to a quarter size.
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    Take the corner at the bottom left side then fold it up to the top's edge.
    Crease tightly afterwards. Then take the top layer of the fold you just did and fold back down the edge at the bottom then crease.
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    Hold your folded paper while it's pointed down.
    Then cut upwards from the middle until you create the shape of a petal. Upon reaching the crease at the middle, fold the top layer over the left side and make this your guide as you continue to cut.
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    Slowly unfold your flower, careful not to accidentally tear it in the process.
    Get one piece of cardstock after folding it in half and glue your first flower to it. Make layers of flowers, one after the other, by gluing the petals until you get the last flower done. You need to do this right so your flower will open nicely.
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    Your last petal must be cut in half and glued to your petal stack.
    Next, glue your petals alternately all the way around your flower. Fold over your card. Let it set for 10 minutes by putting a paper weight on top of it.
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    Unfold your finished product.
    Don't expect it to be perfect on the first try. It takes some time and a little practice to do it nicely, but once you do, you'll know that it's all worth it!
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Easy Breezy Little Christmas Trees

Now here's another festive project that will surely bring more holiday cheer to your family. It's fun and easy, so go try it out.

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You're going to need

  • Some old magazines
  • Silver and gold spray paint
  • Glitter in your fave Christmas colors
  • Bone folder

Procedure

  1. 1
    Open the magazine, then bend it so you can break its spine.
    From the top right corner fold each page to the inside's seam. Using the same page, fold it again from the bottom right edge up to your gutter.
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    Fold each magazine page's bottom triangle upwards so you can make the bottom of your tree flat.
    Next, fold the top of all the pages down so you can form the shape of a tree.
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    Using your desired Christmas color, spray paint your tree and sprinkle your glitter onto the wet paint.
    If you have a bone folder, use it to smooth down the paper edges. Depending on the size of your magazine, you can create Christmas trees of different sizes. Enjoy!
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Cool and Crafty Postcards

Now, this is something you can do all year long, not just this holiday season. The only trouble is, you might like them so much you may not be able to give any of them away!

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You're going to need

  • Pair of scissors
  • Old mags
  • Colored pens
  • Few cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Few self-adhesive postcards

Procedure

  1. 1
    Tear out the lovely pages you want to use for your design.
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    Using your cardboard, cut a small window template.
    Put it onto the page with which you'd like to design your card. Use a pencil for marking before cutting it out.
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    Your adhesive post card will peel off in two parts.
    So peel off the first part and put your picture on it, making sure you smooth it out nicely. Then peel the second part off, again flattening your picture well to make sure it's properly adhered and doesn't come off. You can either cut the excess off the sides or just leave them as part of your design.
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    Do this with each page you desire.
    Use your colored pens for writing a message to that special person you're giving it to.
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Eco-Friendly Bowl Mag

This project is actually very simple, but it takes a while before you can actually use it because it requires several hours of drying time. Once it's done, you and your kids are going to be so proud of your work of art!

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You're going to need

  • About 25 magazine pages
  • Glue sticks
  • Small sponge brush
  • Mod podge
  • Few cardboard containers
  • Pair of scissors
  • Old newspapers for your workspace (Things can get pretty messy with your kids, who are super eager to help!)
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Procedure

  1. 1
    Fold the magazine pages in half (lengthwise) so you can make a crease in your paper.
    Following the crease line, cut through the pages until you come up with 50 separate pieces.
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    Fold each half of these papers into strips, lengthwise.
    Start with the torn edge, starting the strip about one fourth of an inch from the edge. After you've finished folding about 15 or so strips, start gluing the edges down. You must complete the 50 strips that are glued together before you can start bowl crafting.
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    Start out with 25 strips.
    Push each strip onto the other by making a v-fold at one end and pushing it into the end of the other strip. Once you have a chain composed of three strips, you can now start coiling. Roll the strip, beginning with your bowl's base and work your way out.
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    Now you'll start working the sides of your bowl.
    Put some glue on the bottom half of your next strip to be added. Insert strips together, gluing the bottom of each to the previous one and wrapping them to make the sides. Do this until you have used up all the 25 strips.
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    Pour some mod podge into a wide-mouthed container, then spread the sealant around the bowl starting from the outside.
    Allow it to dry completely before doing this on the inside. Make sure it's completely dry before you or your kids touch it. It can be really messy, but the fun you'll have doing it more than makes up for it!
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It doesn't matter whether you'd like to give them as gifts or try selling some after you get really good at it. What's important is that you enjoy the experience when you make crafts from recycled magazines. It's a good thing, especially when you're doing this with your kids, because not only are you teaching them creativity, but they'll also learn the value of being eco-friendly. Cheers!

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Questions and Answers

Do you have more ideas for Christmas decorations using this procedure?

There must be even more ways to make Christmas decorations using recycled paper.. I have tried: I tried making the Breezy Little Christmas Trees and they turned out great.. I think it was caused by: Now I am wondering what kind of new Christmas project made out of recycled paper that I can create.

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May I know how you make the bowl circle?

Because I have a project and the recycle bowl is hard to know.

I used an old bowl as a template and weaved the basket over the bowl.

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