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!

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magazine envelopes

8. Turn a stack of magazines into a sweet planter.

9. Transform old magazines into sweet little recycled gift boxes.

10. Shred the pages to make confetti or for packaging valuables.

11. Fold them into homemade envelopes.

12. Try you hand at making this cute magazine bowl.

13. Instead of tossing them in the bin, turn some old magazines into a waste bin!

14. Weave yourself a classy magazine page wristlet.

Next>> More ways to craft with old magazines and idea on where you can donate.

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marble magnets

15. Give them away to a friend.

16. Donate to doctor’s offices or anywhere else that has a waiting room.

17. Cut out the images and text for collages. Collage is always a fun craft to do with kids!

18. Donate them to a school or library.

19. Save them up until the holidays get here, and create these adorable upcycled Christmas trees.

20. Cut out perfect squares, and use your old magazines to make fun pinwheels. The covers work best, or you can double up pages).

21. Use cut out images and words to make your own custom marble magnets.

22. Use them to make papier mache projects.

Have you guys gotten crafty with old magazines? I’d love to keep the reuse inspiration going in the comments!

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Laurel B.
Laurel B.1 years ago

Thanks! love these ideas!

Margaret M. F.
Margaret M. F.1 years ago

Thank-you for posting, has some good ideas.

Maureen J.
Maureen J.1 years ago

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

Carole R.
Carole R.1 years ago

Thanks for the crafty tips.

Val M.
Val M.1 years ago


Carol B.
Carol B.1 years ago

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

sarah s.
sarah s.1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin1 years ago

great ideas

Mary T.
Mary T.1 years ago

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

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado1 years ago

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