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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.

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.

What Do You Think? - Post Away!

Paul from Liverpool, England on November 17, 2014:

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

laurenrich on March 01, 2013:

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

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on August 04, 2012:

What a creative idea!

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on August 04, 2012:

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.

Anne (author) from New York on July 28, 2012:

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

Angela F from Seattle, WA on July 28, 2012:

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

MarcStorm LM on July 28, 2012:

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!

annieangel1 on July 25, 2012:

Cool ideas, I love the chair

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

Great idea especially on the reuse magazine on the chair.

Anne (author) from New York on June 19, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks! It's my favorite project I've done.

sherioz on June 19, 2012:

I love doing decoupage.

anonymous on May 10, 2012:

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

Anne (author) from New York on January 25, 2012:

@Annamadagan: Thanks! And thanks for stopping by.

Annamadagan on January 25, 2012:

Fun ideas! I like them.

Anne (author) from New York on November 04, 2011:

@GonnaFly: Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jeanette from Australia on November 04, 2011:

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

Anne (author) from New York on September 29, 2011:

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

KimGiancaterino on September 29, 2011:

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.

Anne (author) from New York on September 23, 2011:

@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.

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on September 22, 2011:

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

Anne (author) from New York on September 06, 2011:

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

Pegasus72 on September 06, 2011:

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.

Anne (author) from New York on September 16, 2010:

@myraggededge: Thanks so much for stopping by, liking and blessing my lens! I want to finish it too, I just need to find some time. :)

myraggededge on September 16, 2010:

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.

Anne (author) from New York on September 15, 2010:

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

ClinicallySigni on September 15, 2010:

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!

Anne (author) from New York on September 12, 2010:

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

kimmanleyort on September 12, 2010:

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

Anne (author) from New York on September 10, 2010:

@justholidays: Thank you so much!

Anne (author) from New York on September 10, 2010:

@SacredCynWear: Thanks!

justholidays on September 10, 2010:

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!

Anne (author) from New York on September 08, 2010:

@Mickie Gee: Glad I could inspire you!

SacredCynWear on September 07, 2010:

What a wonderful idea, very modern indeed..

Mickie Gee on September 07, 2010:

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

Anne (author) from New York on September 07, 2010:

@aishu19: Thank you very much!

Anne (author) from New York on September 07, 2010:

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

aishu19 on September 07, 2010:

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

Indigo Janson from UK on September 02, 2010:

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

Anne (author) from New York on August 16, 2010:

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

Anne (author) from New York on August 16, 2010:

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

Delia on August 16, 2010:

great artsy craft ideas! love the chair!!

LadyLovelace LM on August 15, 2010:

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

Anne (author) from New York on August 13, 2010:

@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!

Lisa Auch from Scotland on August 13, 2010:

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

Anne (author) from New York on August 11, 2010:

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

Lee Hansen from Vermont on August 11, 2010:

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

Anne (author) from New York on August 10, 2010:

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

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on August 10, 2010:

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Anne (author) from New York on August 03, 2010:

@marsha32: Thanks Marsha!

Anne (author) from New York on August 03, 2010:

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

anonymous on August 03, 2010:

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

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

marsha32 on August 03, 2010:

looking good so far, and I love your projects

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