We all love a glossy magazine (some of us even collect them), but what do we do with them afterwards? Here are 3 Christmas crafts you can make from magazines - we all have some lying around...!
Some of us recycle them, some of us take them to our local doctors surgery for the waiting room - and some of us craft them into something splendid for the home. If you're looking for something creative, colourful and cheap to brighten your cosy space this Christmas, try our top 3 Christmas crafts to make from magazines!
If you want impact, this magazine wreath certainly delivers. All you need is a wire wreath base, some cardboard, some glue and somewhere to hang this fantastic showstopper. To make the magazine wands, all you need to do is tear out a colourful magazine page and dot glue on the side you don't wish to see. Roll diagonally or from the longest edge to achieve wands of different lengths. For full instructions, go to the original blog by Where The Grass is Always Greener.
A great one to do with the family, take inspiration from collage artist Martin O'Neill and mix up the boring normal family portrait. Take a black and white photo, cut out you face and upper body and stick to a canvas. Then use your favourite things - all cut out from your favourite magazines - to surround your head. You could get really creative and pain around the outside, or add speech bubbles, though clouds, glitter - anything you can think of. For a Christmas twist, make a portrait for someone else - it's personal and doesn't cost very much to make, but has a lot of wow factor! For more inspiration, visit Cut it Out, with galleries of Martin O'Neill's fantastic work.
A craft for the more experienced creative types amongst us, these pretty origami bows will make your parcels stand out under the tree for sure! Choose a really colourful page in your favourite magazine to fold into a bow and make a present really pop from under the tree. If you're making them with kids, you can add sequins, glitter and more - the sky's the limit! We found the colourful bows above over at How About Orange blog, who links to the original craft with step-by-step instructions at Helen Made.
Tempted to try a Christmas craft made out of magazines?
Tag us on Instagram @magazinecouk if you get crafty this Christmas - and don't forget to check out our great range of Arts and Crafts magazines for inspiration!