10 Creative Ways to Repurpose old Magazines

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Are you decluttering the house and looking for creative ways to repurpose old magazines?  I know I certainly am! Once a year my daughter comes home with a magazine sales flyer as a fund raiser for school. I truly detest those fund raisers but feel I need to do my part to help support the school. I therefor buy exactly ONE magazine from her every year. But somehow, my name is on some list where I randomly get free magazines in the mail every week. And I now have WAY too many magazines in this house.  Upcycling magazines is a great way to declutter your home this month. 

Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Magazines

Can old magazines be recycled?

If you are totally uncrafty and just want to clean out your house, you may ask yourself ‘can magazines be recycled’.  Well, yes, they can.  People sometimes think that glossy paper can’t be recycled. That may have been true many years ago, but not any longer.

With today’s recycling technology, almost all community recycling programs accept glossy magazines and catalogs for recycling. Recycling magazines is an easy way to declutter, however, it is important to remove any plastic bags that they come in before recycling. 

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How to Repurpose Old Magazines

10 Ways to Repurpose old Magazines

While I throw a lot of old magazines in the recycle bin, I have started looking for ways to repurpose them. While recycling is great, learning how to repurpose old magazines will reduce your carbon footprint even more. Here are a few green activities I have come up with to keep them out of the recycle bin!

  • Make a vision board:   Cut out things from old magazines that inspire you. Glue them onto a board. Display this prominently in your office to keep yourself focused on your goals.
  • Cut out images and use them in crafts.  Flower images are beautiful to decoupage onto wine bottles, eggshells, wooden furniture, etc. Cut out pictures of animals and food and use them in children’s crafts.
  • Donate them:  Donate used magazines to a charitable organization, a school, a community group, a hospital or library. Check out DonationTown for more info.
  • Leave them everywhere you go!  Drop them off at doctors offices, nursing homes, the orthodontist, etc.  There are many places that have a ‘waiting room’ just waiting for your magazines.
  • Put them on Freecycle: People are always looking for free things and magazines have a ton of different uses.
  • Learn origami:  Use the magazine pages in an origami craft. Make small origami boxes and tuck tiny gifts inside for the holidays.
  • Create Custom Ceramic Tiles   With just old tiles, magazine pictures and some ModPodge you can create some beautiful custom tiles. Make smaller versions of these and add a small magnet on the back to create beautiful magnets for your refrigerator!
  • Make a DIY earwig trap for your garden:I made mine with newspaper but magazine pages will work well too.
  • Use them as boot shapers: If you have a pair of boots that refuses to stand up straight, just roll up magazines and insert one inside each boot. You found a great way to repurpose old magazines AND your boots will never fall over again!
  • Make upcycled magazine beads:  This is a fun recycled craft if you have young kids.  Watch the video below for directions.

paper bead necklace


How to Make Magazine Beads

Make pretty paper beads from recycled magazine scraps. Paper bead jewelry is beautiful, economical and green. They are also easy o make and incredibly versatile.  Watch the video below for an easy step-by-step guide on how to make paper beads from old magazines. Save your old magazines and paper lying around and transform them into something beautiful!

Upcycled Magazine Crafts

There are a TON of crafty people on the internet who have found creative ways to use old magazines in their crafting.  Here are just a few that you may want to try:

  1. Magazine Wreath
  2. Magazine Ornament
  3. Easy Magazine Flowers
  4. Paper Rosette
  5. Paper Dolls


How to Stop Getting Magazines in the Mail

Of course, if you don’t stop getting magazines in the mail, you will be looking for more ways to reuse old magazines again next year.  So, how do you stop junk mail that you don’t ask for? Visit www.DMAchoice.org. Then click one or all four categories — which include credit offers, catalogs, magazine offers, and other mail offers — that you wish to start or stop from each company. You’ll then receive an email link verifying your registration.

Do you have any other ways to repurpose old magazines?

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6 thoughts on “10 Creative Ways to Repurpose old Magazines”

  1. These are some terrific ideas for using old magazines. I also order every year from my grandchildren. Thanks for the tips

    • Glad to help! My mom is a magazine hoarder and keeps them all. I keep suggesting a few of these ideas to her but she just cant part with them


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