Save the earth and some money with these 25+ crafts with magazines! These projects allow you to repurpose magazines into other things you can use.
As far as I can remember, my first exposure to Mod Podge (where I actually knew the brand name) was in high school. There was a humanities class where we were required to make a piece of art that represented us, and I chose to use decoupage medium and magazines.
And I had SUCH a fun time making a magazine collage “about me.”
I don’t really remember any of the pictures I used, but when you’re 17 or 18 you’re all about defining who you are and telling everyone about it. So I was all about the project. And I remember that I was very careful in how I selected what I wanted the world to know.
So yes, my first introduction to Mod Podge was through crafts with magazines. Since then, I’ve done about 1 billion decoupage projects (think Dr. Evil) . . . but I’ve never forgotten that first one. Nor have I forgotten how delightfully simple it was.
That’s why I’m bringing back magazine crafts today, and I would love for you to check out what I’ve pulled together. Because the truth is, there is SO much you can make with a magazine or catalog. And not only are you keeping the publication out of the landfill, but you’re turning it into something useful. On a budget. What could be more perfect?
I think you’ll be surprised at how nice these crafts with magazines look. Because I know some of you have your doubts about turning what is essentially recycling bin filler into something pretty. But I want you to check out these projects and then let me know what you think in the comments. Recycling magazines 4evah!
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Crafts with Magazines
You'll love these genius ideas for repurposing old magazines! These crafts are not only easy - they're very budget friendly.
For those of us whose pocketbooks can't handle buying holiday gifts at Anthropologie . . . why not MAKE your pocketbook out of Anthropologie (magazines, that is.). Meg provides a PDF tutorial with pattern pages.
What can you do with the pretty pages of your home decor magazines when you're done reading? Turn them into home decor! These woven page placemats are cute, and would look great with seed catalog pages too.
I always keep at least two or three notebooks in my bag. I jot lists on them, keep ideas safe, and tear pages out to leave notes for my friends. This is a quick (and budget friendly) way to make your own pretty journals. You can whip up a batch in an afternoon and use them for months.
There are a few different ways you can make a recycled magazine basket out of old magazines. This basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checked pattern which it creates! Try it with Sarah's tutorial.
There are a variety of ways to do magazine collages with Mod Podge, and this is another one of them! Using words makes a big impact, and is great if you're looking for a version kind of like a vision board.