I love recycling crafts, and finally had a chance to try making some bowls from recycled magazine pages. It's really quite simple and even youngish kids can help fold the pages while those old enough to handle a glue gun can make these themselves. And there are really no steadfast rules, so you can use this technique to make many kinds of shapes.
And though I hesitate to mentions Passover cleaning, since it's still Purim in Jerusalem today, I thought I'd introduce this craft before some of you toss all the old magazines into the recycling bin!
- magazine or catalog pages
- hot glue gun
- bone folder or small ruler for scoring along edges
- modge podge or white glue/water
Fold magazine pages according to the following instructions:
- Fold page in half vertically, unfold and fold the two edges towards the center and score the edges.
- Fold those edges again towards the center, and score. (You can fold this strip in half resulting in a wide strip that can be used for the sides of the bowl if so desired.)
- Fold edges towards the center one more time and fold in half, and score
To assemble bowl proceed as follows:
- Take a strip, and with spine facing up, make a coil, securing with hot glue where necessary.
- Add a second strip by inserting the second strip into the fold of the previous strip, and continue to build coil by securing with hot glue where necessary.
- When the coil reaches the desired size for the bottom of your bowl start building sides. Strips placed close to one another vertically will result in sides that slope outwards, while strips placed further apart will result in sides that are straighter.
- When bowl reaches desired height, finish off top edges with atleast another layer directly on top of the previous one to form a lip. For the bowls pictured here, I used the wider strips for the sides and the skinnier strips for the lip.
- Coat bowls with several coats of modge podge, or according to your needs.
- Enjoy and let me know how it goes!