If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that a magazine subscription is one of life’s few sources of pure joy. I mean, it’s a special treat delivered right to your mailbox — and who doesn’t love getting mail?? But the thrill doesn’t end there. Flip through its glossy pages and there’s even more fun to be had. Here, read this… wear that… Magazines save lives! But what do you do when you’ve extracted every bit of advice your ‘zine has to offer? Again, if you’re like me, you have a backlog of every issue you’ve received in the last ten years (from Girl’s Life to Glamour). A magazine just feels like something you should save, right?
If you just can’t seem to let go of that October 2002 issue of Tiger Beat, here’s a compromise — don’t throw it away, re-purpose it! Turn that Ryan Cabrera poster into a woven tote bag! With these seven DIY projects, you can revive your dated magazines and transform them into something absurdly cool and/or functional.
- Gift Bows: Have you ever noticed how expensive gift wrapping is? You invest in the perfect bow, bag, tissue paper, ribbon…. and before you know it, your thoughtful gift has just doubled in value. Homemade gift bows will save you money, make use of your old mags, AND endear all who receive them.
- Wall Art: These pieces are deceptively easy to make, plus they look really professional. Hang ’em on your wall or sell them on Etsy — the choice is yours.
- Suitcase Collage: The Gossip Girl collage you put together in 2007 probably isn’t cool anymore, but collaging still is! Turn that scuffed suitcase into a thing of DIY beauty — just try to pick a more timeless theme this go around…
- Paper Butterflies: These butterfly decorations are so cute and versatile. Hang them from your ceiling, attach them to a gift… the possibilities are endless — plus, they’re really fun to make!
- Envelopes: Your envelopes need a modern update; your magazines need a higher purpose: Ta-da! The best of both worlds.
- Placemats: Remember those potholder loom kits? Well, this is basically that, but for something you’ll actually use. Seriously, how many of you were in need of a potholder at age 7?
- Plant Stand: This isn’t just for plants, by the way. It can be a stand for pretty much anything — like your paper butterfly collection…
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