Making Use of All Those Old Magazines in Your Closet
Upcycling is a big trend these days, and creative minds are finding great ways to use those materials in our home that we often just throw away. Many of us have a pile of old magazines in our bathrooms or on our coffee tables that we don’t use, but we can’t seem to throw away. Instead of letting them collect dust, why not make them into a fun, functional magazine reed box?
Materials for Magazine Reed Box:
- (2) Bamboo skewers
- Magazine pages
- Glue stick
- Moist towel
- Tacky glue
- Mod Podge
- Mod Podge brush
- Strong scissors
- Small, ready-made chipboard box
Directions for Magazine Reed Box:
- Fold each magazine page lengthwise and cut along the fold.
- Place half of the magazine page “face down” or with the pattern you want showing down.
- Place the bamboo skewer in the closest right corner of the paper, running diagonally across the corner.
- Begin rolling the paper around the bamboo skewer keeping the skewer visible on both sides of the paper.
- Once about ¾ of the paper has been rolled up, begin placing glue from the glue stick along the top edge of the magazine page about halfway from the right hand corner.
- Continue rolling the bamboo skewer over the glue, and then continue to add glue to the remaining loose paper edge.
- Once the paper has been completely rolled around the bamboo skewer, remove the skewer from the paper. You have created a magazine “reed.”
- Continue making magazine reeds until you have enough to cover the entire box – a small box will use between 50 and 60 magazine reeds.
- Using a pencil, outline the pattern you wish to make on the lid and sides of the box.
- Begin gluing the magazine reeds to the box using tacky glue in any pattern you desire. Make sure to place the magazine reeds as close together as you can to avoid large gaps.
- Continuing adding magazine reeds to the box in your chosen pattern, working in sections if easier.
- Once all the reeds have been added and the glue has had time to dry, trim any unwanted edges from the box as needed.
- Add two layers of Mod Podge to the entire outside of the box, letting the Mod Podge dry completely between coats.
- At this point, you can enjoy your new magazine reed box!
If you’d like an idea of what some of these steps look like, check out the video below (the video doesn’t match exactly, but hopefully it provides a general idea):
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