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22 Ways to Repurpose Old Magazines

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22 Ways to Repurpose Old Magazines

We get quite a few magazines at our house. My husband subscribes to a couple of gaming magazines, and somehow every time we buy concert tickets we end up receiving issues of Rolling Stone in the mail. Couple that with other glossy mailings, like junk mail and catalogs, and we’ve got quite the collection of magazine paper.

Rather than tossing all of those trees into the recycle bin, you can give them a brand new life.

1. Turn an old magazine into a recycled plant stand.

2. Make some recycled magazine boxes to store your knick knacks.

3. Turn them into recycled gift bows for birthday or holiday presents.

4. Fold the pages into origami.

5. Wrap small gifts in the pages.

6. Make recycled paper beads (video).

7. Whip up a bouquet of recycled magazine page flowers.

Next>> Magazine planters, bowls, boxes, and more!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by theseanster93

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:28PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Thanks! love these ideas!

9:05PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Thank-you for posting, has some good ideas.

5:53AM PST on Feb 1, 2014

My magazines go to a nursing home -- they use them both as reading material and craft projects. They are always delighted to get them.

6:01PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

Thanks for the crafty tips.

1:59AM PST on Jan 6, 2014


9:45PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Some very interesting ideas here, some I did in Girl Scouts about 50 years ago, like the Christmas trees.

8:24AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

11:11PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

great ideas

9:49PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

will try to make a recycle plant stand - thanks for the article

5:13AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Not 4 me--I just donate them to the local libraries+some I keep. Thanks

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