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Recycle magazines for kid's crafts

Winter means the kids are going to be spending more time indoors, so we put together some easy-peasy crafts that the kids can do using old magazines. I have had fun using magazines and newspapers rolled into tubes and realised that this is a great project for young kids, and a great way to recycle old magazines.

Cereal boxes, shoe boxes, or any box for that matter, can be made into a colourful and crafty creation using nothing more than old magazines and some glue.

Not only is this project safe for children, they also get to use fine motor skills for rolling the tubes out of old magazines.


Old magazines torn into single pages
Pine skewers
Glue stick or sticky craft glue
ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer






1. Fold the sheets of magazine in half lengthways and tear down the fold. Starting at one corner, fold and wrap the magazine around your pine skewer. It needs to be wrapped as tightly as possible, but loose enough so that the skewer can be removed later on.

It might take a bit of practice to get it right, but the kids will soon be wrapping tubes without any problem. You will find more details on making rolled tubes here.

As the length of the roll increases you can slowly pull out the skewer and continue rolling.

When you almost reach the end of the paper apply glue to the top and left edges of the paper and continue to roll over this to secure the end.

You can use any box for your creations, but when using a printed box you might want to paint it first with craft paint, so that the images don't show through once you are finished.

Fold the rolled tubes in half and start sticking these onto the top of the box. You don't have to follow the same design as the one shown here - use your imagination to create unique patterns and designs. Push the rolled tubes so that there are as few gaps as possible.

Continue adding rolled tubes until the top of the box is covered. You can cover the sides and base of the box in the same way but leave the tubes straight (don't fold them in half).

Leave the glue to dry overnight and then use scissors to cut off the pieces hanging over the edge. Apply a bead of glue along the edges to add strength and let this dry for about an hour before brushing on a coat of clear acrylic sealer.

You can use rolled tubes to make a variety of craft projects for yourself, or as gifts. Make up colourful picture frames with rolled tubes and old magazines.