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I tend to have a love hate relationship with my magazines. I love the quiet Saturday mornings I get to spend with them, piping hot tea in hand but I hate that I don’t have the heart to throw any of them away once I’m finished. There they sit, taking up precious real estate in closets, cupboards and the like. Well. Not any longer. Not now that I have Anna Sattler‘s suggestion on hand!

From Anna… There are so many different things to do with old magazines, liketurning them into useful coasters, using them in your scrapbookor journal pages, or making a paper cup when you don’t have one available.

Another great use for your piled-up magazines that we both know you’ll never read again is to turn them into a garbage can.Craftster user Lovething found the magazine garbage can project in this book by Mark Montano, and decided to make one herself. It took her many hours to roll up each piece of paper and make the container, but the result is a gorgeous piece of recycled garbage.

To make the bottom, Lovething used the same technique that is used to make a magazine bowl, but left the shape flat. For the little circles, she cut the magazine pages into thirds. Starting at one corner, she rolled them around a bamboo skewer, dabbed a bit of glue on the opposite corner, and sealed the paper up so it looked like a straw. After flattening out the paper, she then curled it around her finger to make a ring, gluing down the tail. Finally, she sealed the garbage container with Mod Podge.

This has to be one of the neatest projects I have seen for recycling magazine pages. I totally admire Lovething’s patience and all the hard work she put into the garbage can. I don’t know if I have the patience to try such a task, but I still think it is the most beautiful way to recycle.

Author: Anna Sattler