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TWSM Craft-DIY-Decor “Magazine Magic”

When was the last time you sat and read a magazine? Maybe more recently in your down time during the pandemic? Or was it back in 2019, prior to the pandemic, while sitting in the doctors office  waiting patiently for your kids annual physical appointments. That glorious fifteen minutes of stolen free minutes of the day. I know you’ve had those moments…..thumbing through the glossy pages, envisioning yourself in that beautiful summer flowing dress with the cute sling back shoes eating lunch on an outside beach front restaurant with your hunky dreamy husband….Joe? Joey?  Joey Tanner?   You abruptly snap out of your fantasy to the nurse calling your son’s name. Back to reality!

Let’s face that reality and talk about those magazines. Do you have subscriptions to your favorites delivered to your mailbox every month? Perhaps that’s not one of your guilty pleasures and you’re like me and just steal a quick glance at the checkout line or in those free minutes at the doctors office. I bet you’ve never even  thought about what you can do with those much loved magazines.

I’m not suggesting that you go out and spend $100 on magazine subscriptions  for some fun craft ideas. But, what I am suggesting is that you start asking for some. Yes, ASK!  You will be amazed at how many magazines you can collect with a simple online post: ISO magazines for a craft project. Bammdone. The notifications start chiming!

I am fortunate to have an elderly neighbor friend who loves her magazine subscriptions and she shares them with me when she is done browsing them. I always seem to have a stack thanks to her. So what to do with those reusable dog eared pages? Here’ssome of my favorite no cost, low cost, creative magazine ideas:

Collage~We all started making collages in kindergarten right? Well how fun is that? This is such a great activity with children (and adults) of all ages. Of course the adult version is called vision board, but back to the kids. Grab some scissors, glue sticks and ANYTHING you want to decorate with your magazine cut outs. Make it themed, make it only featuring cars or cats or colors. You can make wall hangings or posters, you can make a collage book, you can make a book using single pictures or make simple books to learn word association for learning tools or just keep it fun and geared towards creativity.

Word Power~This one is another fun magazine craft. Cut out the words that grab your attention. We all know that companies spend millions of dollars a year creating these catchy phrases and eye catching ads. Explore the word combinations. Cut them out. Grab a simple wooden craft box and mod podge at the dollar store and glue them on. This can be words of inspiration or positivity or just fun words for your kids to learn and explore.

Paper Dolls~Okay, so I may be aging myself here, but, I had to share, especially if you have younger kids or perhaps a little fashionista.  This is a fun, creative  activity to do. Grab some cardboard, a few fashion magazines, scissors, glue and popsicle sticks. Sit with your children and cut out pictures of the models in the magazines. You can also find pictures of dresses, shirts, sweaters, hats, pants and almost anything to decorate your paper person.  Glue the magazine model cut outs onto some cardboard and then attach a popsicle stick. There you have your magazine model paper dolls. You can even cut out cats, dogs, cars and even food pictures. Grab some old shoe boxes or shipping boxes and make a paper doll house.  Now that you have some paper doll puppets how about doing a skit with the kids? You’ll be amazed how much fun the kiddos have with this!

Whether you decide to make word boards, decoupage or create a paper doll family, all of these activities are an affordable, simple and fun way to reuse and repurpose those magazines that tend to stack up and usually get tossed into the trash. Be creative and make some magazine magic!







TWSM Craft-DIY-Decor ‘Save The Tube’

Wow what a year it has been, living through a pandemic. For many, it put us in a bubble making us only able to socialize or spend time with our immediate families and people we live with. Many families have been forced to homeschool and work from home. I’m sure many took a hit financially too. Parents were expected to think out of the box when it came to remote learning and finding patience and ideas to keep their children engaged and interactive with learning. And what about that toilet paper issue? Did you run out? Did you stock up? What did you do with all of those toilet paper rolls? Did you save them, reuse, recycle, repurpose?

Well let me tell you, I think my son was ready to call the psych ward on me! I hung a reusable bag on the back of the bathroom door and insisted he deposited every used toilet paper roll into this bag, and this went for paper towel rolls too. I found myself huffing and puffing if I found a paper roll in the trash. I actually pulled them out and put them in their proper place in the bag on the back of the door.

Why might you ask was this lady so crazed about saving these toilet paper rolls? Well, of course we live in a time of intense recycle, reuse, repurpose, save the earth, help the planet……
But my purpose was one word CRAFTS!

If you have ever spent time in a kindergarten class you would understand the value of these simple little cardboard tubes. Kids are enthralled by them. They look through the tube like a pirate stalking his landlubbers, they roll them around like odd shaped balls, and they even use them to make adorable simple gifts for special people in their lives during the holidays.
So next time you’re ending a roll and onto the next, take a second and save the tube. Don’t throw it into the trash to be disintegrated at the landfill. Put a little bag somewhere discreet and collect the tubes. You’ll be amazed at how fast they accumulate.

While you’re sitting there on the throne with your phone, thinking about these cardboard creative pieces, take a second and do a little online search. You will be amazed at all of the ideas out there using these often discarded little tubes. I’ve seen all types of animals, wall flower hangings, desktop pencil holders and even tiny twinkle lanterns!

These are simple, low cost creative crafts you can do with your kiddos with supplies you most likely already have in your home. So next time you find yourself at the end of your roll SAVE THE  ROLL!