Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Recycled Magazine Bowl - Pinterest Success #7



It always seems such a shame to put the magazines we subscribe to at our house, in the recycle bin, without getting some good use out of all those pretty, colored pages. Megan likes to find DIY projects on Pinterest for when she has some free time and loved the idea of repurposing her magazines.


This pin was her inspiration, but she decided to make a bowl, instead of a basket. This pretty bowl, sits on her dresser and can be used for makeup, hair accessories or any kind of organization you can think of. It was a time consuming project, but the result is a unique piece of art she can be proud of. The steps are as follows:

  • Make the base of the bowl by cutting magazine pages in half lengthwise, then fold each piece 3 times into a strip. Make a coil with the first strip to form center of base. Edge of strip with fold should face up (what will be inside of bowl) for a neater look. Continue to glue strips with glue gun around center coil, beginning a new piece where the last ended. Alternate colors as you go. Make base as wide as you want (approximately 5-6 inches).
  • Make the circles for the sides of the bowl my cutting and folding the same strips as above. Wrap strip tightly around a pen, such as a permanent marker and glue ends. You will need about 150 of these.
  • Assemble bowl by gluing circles sideways around base, smooth side out. Glue in between circles for stability. For next layers, do not place circles directly on top of previous row, but stagger slightly. This bowl has 4 layers of circles, but size can be varied.
  • Modge Podge entire bowl for strength and stability.
I hope you enjoy this fun and earth friendly project.
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  1. Thanks for the tip! I have enough magazines to make a bathtub:) Hope you have a mighty blessed day, HUGS!

  2. That is very cool. My cousin used to decorate coffee cans with rolled magazines pages to make a pencil holder -- and there charity groups here that make beads and ornaments from old magazines. Lots can be done if one has the time and the patience. :) Best wishes, Tammy

  3. This is gorgeous! A friend of mine has one that she bought somewhere and I've always loved it and thought what a clever idea it was. I am so impressed that Megan had the patience to fold and roll all those pages...something I know I could never complete.

  4. This is cool and brings back memories. We used to do things like this back when I was a kid!
    Thanks for the reminder! and for showing it. I didn't know people were still interested in making such things. ;) -Pat

  5. So cute! Great way to recycle those magazines. Love all the inspiration from Pinterest :)

  6. Very colorful and really turned out cute:@)

  7. Cute & colorful! I'm pinning this! I'd also love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. I hope you'll stop by!

    Submarine Sunday Link Party @ http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-8.html

    1. Oh, and I'm also your newest follower!

  8. My goodness...this is amazing. I have enuf magazines to make a bathtub....or two. :)
    Over from Sunny.

  9. This is really cute and so is your blog. I'm following along as I will be an empty nester come June :-(

  10. I found your blog via Meet Me Monday Linky. I love that idea for the magazines!

  11. Very cool! I would love to have you come share this or any of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…' There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  12. i love it. I've seen these before but never knew how to make them. Thanks for sharing! I am going to show my daughter, who (like her momma), loves DIY projects. We are also HUGE upcyclers . . . so this is right up our alley.

    Thanks again!

  13. What a creative use of old magazines. I think it is such a fun idea for your daughters room. Thanks for sharing it with Share Your Cup.

  14. This is AWESOME!!! So cool and creative! I love what you did!

  15. Very cool! I love recycle projects. Visiting from Debbiedoo's newbie party.

  16. This turned out really well! I'd love it if you stopped by my blog and shared this at my new linky party!http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/2012/11/now-co-hosting-inspiration-spotlight.html

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