Tuesday, December 6, 2011

{Getting Crafty} Recycled Magazine Christmas Trees

I've been wanting to make these ever since I saw them here and then here.  They are the perfect Christmas craft--FREE and easy to make, plus the bonus of reusing/recycling your old magazines and catalogues.
Start with any magazine or catalogue and press open to flatten the spine. Then start folding.  The first fold is from the right hand corner over to the left side of the page.
Then fold the folded piece over onto itself into a point.
Flip it over and it should look like this.  That point on the bottom needs to be folded up and tucked inside to make the bottom of the tree nice and flat.
It should look like this.  
Repeat for every page of the magazine.
The thicker the magazine, the longer it will take and the fuller your tree will be.
This one was a Martha Stewart Living Magazine. You can leave them as is, or get a little fancy. Isn't it sweet in my thrifted white bowl?
 Enter fancy!!
I've been coveting this glitter set for a long time and finally got it with a Michael's 40% off coupon.  I also picked up some spray adhesive.
I gave the trees a quick coat of the spray adhesive
and sprinkled some of the glitter on the trees.
It's kind of subtle but sparkles when the light hits it.
They are hanging out on the kitchen counter right now.
I can't stop making them..I love this little one that I made out of a Tiffany & Co. catalogue.  
I'm going to have a forest soon!!
Pin It

Linking up with:
Topsy Turvy Tuesday
What We Wore/Made Wednesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Tabletop Tuesday
Tuesday To Do
Twice Owned Tuesday
Workshop Wednesday
White Wednesday
Thriftaholics Weekly
What I Whipped Up Wednesday
Wow Us Wednesday
Taking a Time Out Thursday
Catch a Glimpse
Feature Yourself Friday
I'm Lovin' It
Weekend Wrap Up
Create & Inspire
Sugar & Spice
Inspiration Friday
Friday Favorites
Find Your Craft Friday
Masterpiece Monday
It's So Very Cheri
Bower Power Twelve Days of Christmas
So Creative
Just Something I Whipped Up
Craftastic Monday
More The Merrier Monday
Knick of Time Tuesday
Tutorial Tips & Tricks
Crazy Cute Thursday
Remodelaholics Anonymous
Tutorials & Tips
Too Cute Tuesday
Junkin' Joe Vintage & Thrifty Finds
Christmas Cheer Link Party
'Tis The Season-Trees

Pin It


Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Lovely idea Heather - I bet they would look lovely with little glitter stars on top as well :)

Close to home said...

what a great way to use all the catalogs that come in every day for the holidays. I am going to pin it!!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Thanks for sharing the great tutorial. I'm a little clumsy with paper, and can see this going about 4 kinds of wrong for me...but I'm going to give it a try...with hubby's magazine. ;)

Happy Tuesday! ☺

Heidi said...

Adorable. I just pinned this on Pinterest.


Morgan said...

Those are so cute! I love how they turned out.

Sheila said...

Heather, these are sooooo cute!!! What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

That is adorable. I love it! :)
Come enter my Shabby Apple dress giveaway just in time for holiday parties season!

MissMOE said...

Love these--and I have a stack of magazines waiting to be used!

Dawn said...

Oh how lovely, your Tiffany cataglog tree is beautiful. Great idea and sweet display. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

Dawn said...

Oh how lovely, your Tiffany cataglog tree is beautiful. Great idea and sweet display. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

Aren't you crafty!! That is super cute!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
Beth =-)

karla said...

what a fun trip down memory lane. we used to do this when I was a kid .(I'm in my 50's now)...we would use reader's digest..if you stop at the first fold complete your pages , add a Styrofoam ball on top and hands to the sides its makes a really cute Santa or snowman. Happy creating.

Jennifer said...

This is such a clever idea! We have so many magazines to recycle, I'm going to have to pull a couple out for my homeschoolers. Thanks! (Hopped over from TGIF)

Jenifer Harrod said...

This is a great idea. I was thinking of the kids and I making some of these for the nursing home residents.


Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

What a great recycling project!!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love these! so cool!

beckyp said...

those are cute what a great idea

anitamombanita said...

These are way cute. I've got a stack of catalogs waiting to be recycled and now I know how I'm going to do that! thanks!!

storybeader said...

the trees are so sweet! Your whole house is adorable (and I like the wreaths in all the windows!) {:-D

Lola said...

Superb ‘E’ post – great craft ideas - and blog!

Have a great weekend too & look forward to *seeing* you soon.

Here’s mine

Kelly said...

Love this idea! So simple, but unique!

Trish@MomOnTimeout said...

I love this! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday. I just shared on Facebook.

Andy said...

This is such a clever & creative idea. It's a good & inexpensive way to add cheer to any room.
Excellent instructions & presentation!
Thanks for sharing.

For ref:
Eleven Roses And You

myorii said...

What a great idea for catalogs and magazines! They look amazing too :) Maybe I will turn some of our magazines into trees this year too!

Beauty Blondie said...

Hey I just found you on House of Grace, you and I were both chosen to be twice owned queens! By the way, I am your newest follower and I can't wait to see what else you have in store! I would love for you to come and and check out my blog. I just started my blog and I would love some advice from an experienced blogger! Thank you!
Elisabeth @ Beautyblondie.com

Our Delightful Home said...

Cute idea! I cant wait to give it a try!

~Mrs. Delightful

Anonymous said...

the recycled paper trees are awesome! I featured them this week at WorkShop Wednesday. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

These are so cool! What a great way to recycle AND decorate. Digging through my recycle bin as soon as I get home for some old magazines...

Trish@MomOnTimeout said...

Great news! You're being featured this week at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

I love this idea. They look so pretty.

A Few Pennies said...

Love this idea; and like most everyone else has posted--great idea to recycle. Your vignettes are so pretty!

Life With Lucy said...

Such a cute idea. I LOVE it. Thanks for the tutorial- I'm pretty sure I would completely over think how to do this if I just saw a picture, but just folding the pages- so easy! Thanks so much for sharing!

kidswonderart said...

HI Heather, Happy Holidays! I just came from Just Something I whipped up and saw your trees. I loved your Tiffany catalog tree. I love this craft too. I've been using my trees as card holders and window decorations also. Please stop by when you have a chance to see our version.

I'm a new follower and would love if you followed back.

Angie said...

What a terrific way to repurpose old magazines and books!

Thanks for sharing @ Knick of Time Tuesday!

Angie @ Knick of Time

Jenny said...

I remember a similar idea for a wreath from years and years ago.

I never would have thought of the glitter either!

Thanks for an exceptionally cute and creative share for the letter "E".

These are totally enchanting.


jacky @ small home love said...

Very pretty and creative! They look so beautiful on those stands. You should leave them out year round as a cute decoration.

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Super cute! I made Christmas trees whimsical style last year out of a Land of Nod catalog-they look great in your house! love repurposing old mags this way :)

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

Love these trees! So cute! Great use of old magazines. Visiting from Debbiedoos link party.

Amy @MoMomma said...

Super cute, now I have something to do with ALL my extra magazines! Come link up this and anything you like on MoMomma Mondays (runs all week and every monday! ) www.momomma.com

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is a very cute way to recycle magazines.

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Great idea!
They look wonderful. Now I "have to" do some.
Besos from Argentina, Silvina

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I've always liked these. I like the one with the blue. Cute.

pink*cherub*moon said...

I am so happy that you posted this! I used to make these as a kid and every year I think of them, but can never remember how we folded the pages. Now I know! Look out Reader's Digest! I'm coming for ya! We tried to make one out of a massive phone book one time. As I recall, it didn't work too well! We also lightly spray painted them green and glittered them too! How fun! Discovered you through Wow Us Wednesday (I think that's what it's called) and will be following for more fun posts! Feel free to visit me at pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com! Hugs, Leena

Link Within

Related Posts with Thumbnails