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Published on November 3rd, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

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Five Crafty Ways to Reuse Magazines

magazine page envelope

Oh, magazines. No matter how I try to keep you out of my life, you seem to claw your way back in. Whether it’s my husband’s gaming mags or issues that friends and family give me to read, those glossy wastes of paper seem to pile up in my house. Luckily, between my own crafty ideas and projects for my crafting class, there are plenty of ways to give those colorful pages a new life rather than tossing them into the bin.

1. Magazine Page Envelopes

The cover of the magazine works best for this, but if there’s an inner page that you really like, you can always glue stick a second page to reinforce it before you start folding. The Paper Mill has a great collection of envelope templates that you can use. Just keep your magazine’s page size in mind when choosing a template.

Worried that your address info won’t show up on your colorful envelope? Use sticky labels to make the addresses pop!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • Jblc

    Google “rolled paper boxes” – use magazine pages rolled around a small skewer or knitting needle to make long tightly rolled tubes. Tubes are glued onto the outside or a box. Add a lid finished in the same way. These can be painted or left as-is and varnished and the insides finished with fancy paper or material. Looks very “oriental”. Make lovely gift boxes or “keepsake” boxes.

  • http://isiteasybeinggreen.com Jen

    Thanks so much for these great ideas, especially the envelopes and gift bows! I try to pass on old magazines to others when I’m done with them, but when that doesn’t work out, these craft ideas will be really helpful. I’ll definitely be trying these out for the holidays this year!

    • Shalidarlady

      My postmaster had an absolute fit when I took some enveloopes in that I had made from magazine pages. Even had press on labels so they could be seen better. She said that these cause a serious problem in the mail and I should only use them for cards I hand out to others. Just thought I’d mention it.

      • Nancy Smith

        This varies according to postoffice. If the size is legal, and the art is well adhered, they are supposed to accept it. There are art groups on Yahoo that do this. If you want the name of a hostess of one (send 5 for 5 or 10 for 10),
        I will furnish the name. Everyplace I have lived has been cooperative

  • Collage Cafe04

    Oh and let’s not forget the time old favorite of creating collages… or in today’s vernacular ‘vision boards’! We just had a session the other evening… a few girlfriends, stretched canvas (we are making ART after all), a little wine, and magazines, glue, scissors….. great evening!

  • hannah leigh

    oh how i love school…………NOT!!! :L

  • hannah leigh

    boreddddddddddd!!!

    • Rahulmehra

      it’s not so boring

  • Jacqueline arroyo

    I absolute love your creative ideas and love to recycle quite a bit myself. I’ve been on this mission to really use what I have and avoid going to the craft store. One of my favorite things to do with magazines, cover up boxes and make unique and cute, personalized purses. Check them out in my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=357463496349&aid=198556#!/photo.php?fbid=357625136349&set=a.357624731349.198556.357463496349&theater

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