5 Holiday Crafts From Recycled Magazines

Rather than tossing your old magazines this year, put them to use with these five craft ideas that show off your creativity and your resourcefulness.

Don’t throw that stack of magazines into the recycling bin just yet. As the holidays approach, put that pile to good (and creative) use with these five crafts made entirely from recycled magazines. Grab some scissors and a glue stick and the rest of these around-the-house supplies, turn on a movie and set to work creating holiday cheer from your favorite magazines.

Merry Magnets

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For these friendly little fridge magnets, gather the following supplies: a magazine, scissors, glue, clear glass stones (available for $1 a bag at Dollar Tree) and magnets.

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First, place a stone over a fun design on the magazine page, and then cut around the stone to make a small circle of paper that will go behind the glass.

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Next, put glue on the back of the stone, and glue on the circular paper (I recommend using rubber cement). Then, use a strong adhesive or glue gun to glue the magnet to the back of the paper, and voila! Once it dries, you have a personalized fridge or chalkboard magnet. Also consider doing letter magnets for small children learning how to spell or photo magnets for extended family gifts.

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Recycled Gift Bows

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These gift bows are extremely fun to make because you can infuse your own style into the traditional look while adding a pop of color not usually seen in store-bought bows. For this project, you will need the following supplies: a magazine, scissors and brads.

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First, turn the magazine page horizontal and cut lines straight up and down until the page is in strips.

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The next part seems a bit tricky, but once you do it one or two times successfully, you’ll have the entire craft mastered. Loop the paper into a figure eight and put a brad through the middle.

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Once you’ve mastered the figure eight, continue to make those and add them to the bottom of the bow, and it will continue to fill out until it looks like a complete gift bow. I generally use about six strips for each one.

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Reader’s Digest Christmas Tree

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For this project, all you need is a copy of a small magazine like Reader’s Digest and a little time. You could also choose to spray paint the tree once it’s finished to make it look a little more festive. The first step is ripping off the covers and then folding in the first page at a right angle.

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Next, fold the page again, making more of a 45 degree angle.

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Then, flip that page to the right and make one last fold, evening out the bottom of the folded page with the rest of the magazine.

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Repeat these same steps on every page of the magazine until you have a Christmas tree.

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Recycled Magazine Ornament

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This one is just as simple as it looks. To make the ornament, you’ll need the following supplies: a magazine, a clear glass or plastic ornament, scissors and a pencil.

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To make this festive ornament, first cut the magazine page into long strips. Then curl each strip around a pencil to make a pile of curled paper.

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Next, stuff the ornament full of the curled magazine strips and replace the top. Your ornament is finished!

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Elaborate (Looking) Envelopes

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These envelopes are super easy and so much fun to make and send! You’ll need the following: a magazine, an envelope the same size as the envelope you want to make, scissors and a glue stick.

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First, unfold the envelope being careful not to rip it where it was glued. Then, place the unfolded envelope on top of a magazine page and cut around it.

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Once you have your shape cut, refold the magazine shape back into an envelope and glue at the seams with the glue stick. Now you have a personalized envelope for sending cards or organizing around the house.

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Magnet Tutorial

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Brittany Joy Cooper

About Brittany Joy Cooper

Brittany Joy Cooper is a freelance writer, editor and consultant who lives in Nashville, Tenn. A native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Samford University, she spent several years editing a music magazine in Nashville before venturing out on her own. Brittany loves all things magazine, especially Real Simple and Whole Living, and now finds that she spends too much of her spare time looking for great recipes on Pinterest.