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8 Really Easy Ways to Recycle Old Magazines

8 Really Easy Ways to Recycle Old Magazines

I have a huge collection of magazines, but I am not a crafty person at all. While cleaning out my cupboards yesterday, I realized I would need to do something more than just let the magazines sit there. So I looked up some ideas. Here are some of the best of what I found. I hope they will help those of you who, like me, love magazines but don’t exactly know what to do with them!

  • Stack ‘em up to make a base for a lamp. If you place a tray on top of the stack, it becomes a coffee table!
  • Tear them up and stick the pages to a dull wall: instant, statement-making wallpaper. Click here to find exciting ways to make your guests literally ‘read the walls.’
  • Glue some magazine photos and letters on to a blank greeting card—your personalized way of saying something sweet and meaningful. Here is a great resource to help you create exciting greeting card projects.
  • Use the magazines as coasters and trivets. I am including it because it is truly easy to do. Here is a quick tutorial.
  • Cut up healthy recipes and well-being tips from old magazines, paste them into a blank notebook, and gift them to a friend. See how beautifully this blogger has organized her collection of magazine clippings, and called them “Pinterest on paper!”
  • Use them as wrapping paper for your gifts.
  • Magazines are filled with words written in creative, fun fonts. Cut them and up and arrange the letters to write the recipient’s name or a greeting when you are sending them an envelope containing a gift. Take a look at this idea.
  • And the easiest of them all: Donate them to a doctor’s office.

Do share some more ideas on how to make the best use of these old favorites!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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1:35AM PDT on Apr 19, 2015

Good tips, especially using them for wrapping paper; very individual and creative.

9:36PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Thank you for article.

9:35PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Thank you for article.

8:56PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Thank-you for posting this article. As far as donating one's old magazines to a doctors office, it would depend on the office. Were the doctor to be in practice by him/herself or have one other partner the magazines maybe appreciated. However, I have been told when I asked to borrow a copy of a magazine that I could keep it. The reason, when a doctor is in a group with several others, each doctor received a copy of the magazine. Multiply that by several magazines & the office is inundated with more magazines then they need. Other possibilities, Assisted Living Residences, hospital lobbies/waiting areas, Rehab/Convalescent facilities, or Nursing Homes.

2:19AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

thanks for the info

7:27AM PST on Feb 18, 2014


7:15PM PST on Feb 17, 2014

Thanks for this article. "Pinned" for reference & re-read. "Liked" the links for re-purpose of other items as well.

3:33PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Thanks for the article...Daily Action...# 9 take them to the local recycling depot.

2:17PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Thanks for sharing. Good ideas!

4:40PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

Thank u.

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