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Magazine Platter!

Recently I was asked to make a platter with handles or more of a gift basket for someone.  Here’s how it turned out…



If you would like directions on how to make this just go to a past post about making a magazine bowl and make the base/bottom bigger (this one is 15 inches) and make the sides shoot up 2-3 inches (it’s bigger than it looks in the picture).  I make the handles by folding one of my strips of paper (ex. also in past post) in half and gluing it together.  Then I took another strip and folded it evenly over the edge of the first strip (so that one side hangs down on each side of the first strip) and doing the same on the other side.  I repeated this overlapping about 5 or 6 times.  Then I covered it by hot gluing two more shorter strips, that blended in, over top after I glued the handles where I wanted them.  I will say that it take A LOT of strips to complete this and I had a hard time finding enough red pieces of paper to make enough strips.  So I would stick random colors or maybe a dark and light colored platter, unless you want to do a lot of searching for the right colored pages.  This is my most recent project that was just finished today, so I’m not sure what I’ll be doing next.  Gotta love a good craft project!


Put those old magazines to good use!

So how about recycling those old magazines by turning them into a bowl and some coasters for your house.  I know it may sound different, but it actually turned out to be a neat project! Here’s a couple pictures for you…


   This took me about two days off and on (could be done in a day) and was a pretty easy. I may be adding some kind of a coat or mod podge to it in the next couple days. 

Need:   Some old magazines, glue sticks (the kind you used to use in school), and a hot glue gun

1.) Make 3 inch strips out of magazine pages.                                                                                 

2.) Turn strip with the long way facing you and put a little of the glue from the glue stick on one end.  Roll and flatten so that it’s about the size of a straw/popsicle stick up to the end of the paper where your glue should hold it.  Make a whole bunch of these (how many just depending on how big/small you want the bowl or coasters).   

3.) Start to make a small roll by curling up the end of one stick and rolling it in a spiral.  Hot glue with dots of glue spaced out as you go to make sure it’s secure.  Try to roll it evenly.  When you are finished with one stick, just hot glue the next one right beside it and keep going until desired size.  You can find another bowl/coaster around the house that’s the size you will want it and measure it on the bottom to see how big you need to make the base.  I used a small mixing bowl.  If you are making a coaster than you will stop at this point. 

4.) When the bottom is the size you want it then you will start moving up a little at a time to make the rest of the bowl.  I put a little hot glue on the top of the front of each strip to join the next one up.  As you can see in the picture, the strip that is going on top of the one before covers about half of the last strip.  I hope that makes sense :).  Make it as big or as small as you would like it to be.

5.)  For mine I cut a bunch of small pieces from the strips I had left over and glued them around the rim.  This is optional.

6.)  If you would like you can mod podge or put a coating over top and inside the bowl or on the coaster when you are finished.

I hope that was easy to understand.  It was a fun project and I encourage you to try it out!

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