If you read a lot of design magazines like me, then you’re probably fighting a serious magazine hoarding problem. I have a really hard time parting with any of my magazines, especially my old Dominos and the magazines my mother-in-law brings home special from the UK. It’s no secret I love to craft with magazine clippings – creating artsy collages and moodboards for design inspiration. So even though I have a legitimate excuse to stockpile them, I’m always looking for another fun craft that uses cut magazine pages.
Last week I was shopping for Easter basket filler and was underwhelmed by the selection. I’m not a huge fan of pastels, so needless to say, nothing appealed to me. It wasn’t until I was shredding some documents at that week that it dawned on me – I can make my own Easter basket filler with a paper shredder and old magazines! So one day on lunch, I got busy shredding. The shredded paper was really quite pretty and inspired me to find other ways to use it. Here are three great ways to turn your old magazines into chic accessories:
1. Create a unique piece of collage art
This project was really easy and inexpensive. I decided to create a diagonal stripe, however there is an infinite number of pattern options. I think a chevron pattern could be really interesting too. The collage artwork turned out great and was really graphic and colorful. Materials: Shredded magazines, canvas, Mod Podge, paint brush, acrylic paint.
It can be difficult to come up with interesting items to use when decorating a table. Shredded paper is graphic, colorful and adds a festive touch to any tablescape.
3. Swap out tissue paper for an interesting gift box filler
Gift wrapping accessories can really drive up the cost of a gift. Shredded paper is free and is a cute surprise for the gift receiver.
What would you do with shredded paper?