Old Magazine Craft Ideas For You and Your Children – 3 Ways to Reuse Old Magazines

Most everybody I know has a ton of old magazines lying around their home. These magazines collect dust and take up valuable space. If you want to clean up, you can recycle them, or you can use them to do some pretty cool crafts with your children.

When I was clearing out all of my old magazines, I did a little of both, I went through each magazine and tore out pages I thought I’d use in the future, and recycled the rest of the magazine. Just going through the magazines is something you can with your children. When I was going through my magazines, I tore pages out and placed them in a cardboard box, I turned 30 stacks of magazines into two cardboard boxes full of future craft supplies.

Once you’re sorted through the magazines and decided what you want to keep, it’s time to get crafting.

One thing I really enjoy doing with magazine clippings is making comic books/story books. Writing stories is fun by itself, but using magazine clippings and crayons to illustrate the story is awesome. I usually cut out heads and paste them on bodies I’ve drawn. I also like to use things for the background, trees, cars, houses, animals, etc… No matter what you choose to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time doing it. Try finding pictures first and writing your story to match the pictures.

Another fun thing you can do with magazine cut-outs is create a giant collage of pictures you like. This is the easiest way to use up old magazines, due to the sheer volume of pictures you’ll be using. Grab a giant piece of cardboard, some scissors, and a few glue sticks and you’re ready to go. Decide on a theme before you start, or just start pasting pictures wherever you feel like. Half the fun is wondering how it’s going to turn out. Have fun and don’t worry too much if you make a mistake, you can always paste over a picture you don’t like.

The final thing I really enjoy doing, is cutting out words and letters and writing notes or telling stories. The best thing about doing this is the fact that it saves a lot of the page for future use as you are usually only cutting a couple words or letters out. Doing this will depend on your child’s reading/writing level, but you can still do this with young children by asking them what they want it to say.

No matter what you decide to do with old magazines, the best thing to do is take full advantage of everything they have to offer before you toss them in the recycle bin.