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Published on September 16th, 2014 | by Samantha Levine

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Recycling Your Old Magazines

As fun as magazines are to get in the mail each month, if you aren’t thorough about recycling them (or if they’re just too beautiful to let go) you may find yourself ending up with piles of them laying all over the house, and no idea what to do with them. Rather than throwing them out, why not try your hand at a craft project with them? It’s certainly no good to just throw them in the garbage can, and why would you when there are thousands of ways to reuse those old issues? I’ve gathered a few neat craft ideas, whose main materials are old magazines or newspapers.

Wrapping paper and magazine bows!

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Before you know it the holiday season is going to creep up us, and instead of just buying tons of wrapping paper, why not try your old pages from your favorite mag?! I know it might be a bit too early to be talking about the holiday season and wrapping presents; but by starting to make these bows now and saving them for later will add a nice touch to your presents, without making an already stressful time of year worse by trying to cram in craft time. There are a few different bow types you can try – However, my personal favorite is the origami bow

Jewelry

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I used to love making paper beads as a kid. They didn’t always turn out right, but a huge part of the appeal of making your own beads is that no two are alike! This is also a great project for kids! To get a better look at how it’s done, click here. I also found another article of how you can create beads that you wouldn’t even be able to tell that it started out as paper. See here.

Decorations at Home

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Tired of always watering your flowers? Give paper flowers a try! Or craft yourself a nice bowl, and always have a place to keep your keys! Put a unique twist on your home décor, and instead of pitching those old pages, turn them into a new conversation piece.

Decorations Around the Office

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Many of us end up spending more time at the office than we do at home, so why not make some cute things to spread around our workspace? Not only does are you saving money on office supplies, it’s a great way to help customize your space and make it feel a little more comfortable. I rely on lots of notes, and post its, so one of my favorite ideas is the recycled magazine cork board frame. So why not make looking at your to-do list a little bit brighter. Or perhaps create yourself a new organizer!

As you can see there are many ways to be creative with your old magazines. Let me know if you have any ideas and leave me a comment below!

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Samantha Levine is a freelance writer for Magazine Discount Center. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading in coffee shops.



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