How to Recycle Magazine Pages

by Daniel Scott
Responsible magazine readers may be interested in methods of recycling their favorite pages.

Responsible magazine readers may be interested in methods of recycling their favorite pages.

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Recycled magazines have been popular for generations. Older uses of magazines include folding the top corner of each page down into the spine and spray-painting the resulting tree shape gold or green for use as small Christmas trees. Elementary school and art teachers have often recommended their students use magazine pages as collage elements and mosaic projects. Beads can be rolled out of triangular strips of magazine pages and glued. A more utilitarian recycling project is making coasters out of magazine pages. You can fold flat strips and weave the coasters, or follow these directions to make coiled magazine page coasters.

Items you will need

  • Magazine pages
  • Glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Polyurethane liquid or spray
Step 1

Tear a page out of the magazine. Fold it lengthwise into thirds, with the raw edge on the inside of the folds.

Step 2

Fold this page in half lengthwise.

Step 3

Fold both halves of the page to the center fold, creating a narrow strip.

Step 4

Roll one end of the strip into a tight coil. Glue the outer end to the coil itself. Place a rubber band around the coil to hold it in place.

Step 5

Tear another sheet out of the magazine and repeat the folding process.

Step 6

Remove the rubber band. Glue one end of the second sheet in place, butted up to the end of the first sheet. Coil the second sheet around, making the coaster larger. When you reach the end of the second magazine page, glue the edge to the coil. Use a rubber band to hold this in place, and allow it to dry.

Step 7

Tear out the next sheet and fold it as described in the first step. If you want your current coaster to be larger, add this folded page to the coil just as you added the second coil. When you have a coil f the desired size, glue the end and let it dry.

Step 8

Coat the coiled magazine pages with glue or a decoupage medium and allow to dry. If a waterproof surface is desired, use polyurethane or varnish as a final coat for the coaster. Magazine pages are more absorbent if not coated.

Tips & Warnings

  • Excessive wetness can cause the glue to dissolve. Glue that is not water-soluble might be preferred if your area has high humidity.

Photo Credits

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