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!