It’s been one year since I started blogging. When I first started, my initial focus was always crafting and DIY projects. After a few weeks, I noticed that most of my posts had a similar emphasis on repurposed and upcycled projects and inspirations.
I have always wanted to try making something out of recycled magazine pages so I finally sat down and made this frame. I have to say, although slightly tedious, it was quite fun, especially when I looked at the results. Anyway, here is how I made a recycled magazine frame.
- Any frame (I regret using a flimsy one with cardboard backing)
- Old Magazine
- Paper Cutter
- Decoupage Medium
- Small Paint Brush
Gather a few magazines that you’ve already read and no longer want. I say a few, because for this project I used four different Rolling Stones magazines to get the colored pages I wanted.
I chose to cut my strips to the width of the frame. For example, the frame pictured here is for a 3X5 photo and the frame is a one inch wide, 4X7 frame. I ended up cutting 1”X7” stripes (approximately eight pages).
Next, start rolling your strips. The toughest part is the beginning; however it’s easy to get used to! I used a small narrow piece of tape to secure each roll. It was cleaner than attempting to glue each roll; and the tape can be easily hidden when attached to the frame.
For each roll, I laid it onto the frame so I knew when to stop. It helps to do this while you’re watching your favorite shows on TV.
After rolling all the strips, I glued each piece with a paint brush and decoupage medium one by one.
When you are finished adhering each roll, allow it to dry completely (about 15 minutes). Then, I used 2 coats of decoupage medium on top. Allow it to dry between coats.
Insert your picture, and there you have it! The perfect handmade gift!
Dinah is a full time Mother and Blogger and has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Her blog, DIY Inspired, is a one stop resource containing tips and ideas for parties, home decorating, upcycling, and includes step-by-step photo tutorials for craft and do-it-yourself projects. DIY Inspired promotes repurposing through reinvention.