Magazines have an engaging, if not fleeting, hold on us. We discuss the articles, take the quizzes, read the interviews, etc. But once we’re done with one magazine, we’re ready for the next. The short life of the modern magazine issue doesn’t always have to end in the recycling bin, though. Why not use your continuously growing stack of magazines for craft projects or turn them into essential household items? These DIY projects are simple, cute and clear up clutter for some extra space in your abode; you are totally winning all over the place. 

If you want to hold on to some cherished issues, by all means keep them! Chances are you have a friend who would definitely give you a stack of old magazines. Maybe you could go to a local doctor’s office, salon or spa? Any business with a waiting room invests in tons of magazines that are turned around monthly, even weekly. They’d be happy to give you old magazines to lighten their trips to the recycling bin.


1. Recycled Magazine Coasters.


2. Mini Magazine Notebook.


3. Marble Magnets.


4. Framed art from thin strips of magazine paper.


5. Magazine bag. You could add handles or just use it as a basket for magazines, documents, mail or random objects.


6. Gift Bows.


7. Magazine Stack Stool. This was made by NJU Studio. They provide a DIY kit and you can use your magazines, but from the simple design it could be easy enough to make yourself.


There are even more crafty ideas in the gallery. Think of magazines as a paper source – whatever you regularly use paper for could just as well be handled with magazine paper to give it a colorful kick. When I was in high school, my bedroom had a vaulted ceiling, so I used magazine ads of four different dominant colors to cover the vaulted top of each wall. The result was a bright and inviting ceiling, giving life to my practically sunless room. Recycling what you have can make a project or decoration original and fun. Don’t let used items collect dust – use them for something else!

What are your favorite magazines? Would you try any of these projects?

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