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How to Recycle Magazines into Jewelry

comments (44) September 23rd, 2010     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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Experiment with various coil sizes, and even glue coils together!
Magazine paper lends itself well to this colorful little project. This pendant is made with parts of three different pages.
There are tons of design possibilities...
Experiment with various coil sizes, and even glue coils together!

Experiment with various coil sizes, and even glue coils together!

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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Before you recycle those old magazines, turn some of their pages into pretty coiled pendants. You can make a whole collection of them in no time.

What you'll need:

  • Magazine pages
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Thin wooden skewer
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • White craft glue
  • Eye pin
  • Blank cardstock
  • Clear acrylic sealer
  • Jump ring

A note on glue: After much testing, I've found that my low-temp hot glue gun works well for this project. Since this kind of glue hardens so quickly, I can build my coils in a snap. Keep in mind, though, that you can accidentally come into contact with the hot glue, and if your fingers are sensitive, they could burn. (I've developed Teflon fingers over the years, so this doesn't bother me.)

As an alternative, you can glue your coils with white craft glue, but you'll have to hold the work in place for a few minutes to let the glue set.


Gather some magazine pages and heat up your glue gun.


First, you'll need several magazine pages. Tear them out or cut them—just make sure you get as much of the page as possible. And, if you're using a glue gun, start letting it heat up.


The best coils come from bold, brightly colored pages.


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Comments (44)

EchoLin writes: i like this project, welcome to see my projects.
Posted: 3:37 am on May 15th
tarasucksatcrafts writes: what kind of clear acrylic did you use?
Posted: 9:29 am on April 3rd
tarasucksatcrafts writes: i am new to the craft world....what kind of clear sealer did you use? thanks!
Posted: 6:25 pm on April 2nd
Nodan writes: Your ides is very good, I saw a bracelet made of magazines in the learning center of pandahall, it also very beautiful.
Posted: 2:17 am on March 6th
susan72 writes: So pretty ad un o ake. Thanks for shaing.
Posted: 8:08 pm on September 7th
cooproduct writes: Hi Diane,

This is such a good product with a great set of instructions. Can I ask if you would consider listing this on our website:
www.co-oproduct.org

We are a new organisation in the UK who are focusing on packaging reuse and open design. We are currently looking for exemplar projects which really demonstrate how you can turn a material that is normally regarded as waste, into a valuable product. We think this idea is exactly that!

Thank you

Tracy
Posted: 4:53 am on May 18th
cooproduct writes: Hi Diane,

This is such a good product with a great set of instructions. Can I ask if you would consider listing this on our website:
www.co-oproduct.org

We are a new organisation in the UK who are focusing on packaging reuse and open design. We are currently looking for exemplar projects which really demonstrate how you can turn a material that is normally regarded as waste, into a valuable product. We think this idea is exactly that!

Thank you

Tracy
Posted: 4:52 am on May 18th
GlassPeace writes: Neat! I like the third one with multiples put together.
Posted: 1:21 am on April 30th
RedJar writes: Very nice recycling project. I'll try this with my students.
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Posted: 8:03 am on February 26th
Green_Dot_Creations writes: I love to recycle paper into jewelry. This idea has just so many possibilities! I'm working on it already! Thanks!
Posted: 2:23 am on January 5th
liverichandfree writes: I included a link to this post in my "101 coolest reusable craft ideas" post. I post about frugal ways to have a cool life while spending less, and this definitely made the list. Enjoy!

http://liverichandfree.blogspot.com/2011/10/101-coolest-reuseable-craft-projects.html
Posted: 2:57 am on October 8th
NatashaDevine writes: I am currently working through my ICT Controlled Assessment and for this, we need to find different Upcycling Ideas and I personally believe that this is an excellent idea. Therefore, I would like to ask for permission to use this idea. Thank you, Natasha Devine.
Posted: 4:21 am on October 2nd
eggood writes: This is eggood,I'm new,and I'm looking forward to trying this .It looks very interesting.
Posted: 10:53 am on June 10th
brbrcat writes: What about buttons ? Would they work?
Posted: 2:47 pm on June 3rd
ani246 writes: To whom it may concern,i am also a yr1o student doing my gsce which is on upcycling and as a part of it we have to research on upcycling demonstrations and would like your perission to use this as apart of my demonstration it will be very much appreciated.

Thankyou.
Posted: 5:06 pm on November 3rd
ani246 writes: To whom it may concern,i am also a yr1o student doing my gsce which is on upcycling and as a part of it we have to research on upcycling demonstrations and would like your perission to use this as apart of my demonstration it will be very much appreciated.

Thankyou.
Posted: 5:06 pm on November 3rd
Azziza writes: Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a year 10 student at St Marylebone School doing my ICT GCSE. As part of our coursework we have to research upcycling demonstrations. Therefore I would like to ask you for permission to use your idea as part of my coursework. Thank you.
Posted: 4:06 pm on October 18th
Tulip211 writes: This is an awesome idea!
Posted: 11:39 am on May 19th
Rooty_Tooty writes: Nice! This would also be a good way to decorate the tops of paper mache boxes. Perhaps the sides of the box could be cover in the folded strips & the inside lined with flat pages.
Posted: 12:17 am on April 4th
Jenn_at_FFP writes: This is a really cool idea with so many potential uses! I just gathered up all my old magazines earlier today. I had planned on taking them to the recycle center but I think I'll make a bunch of these first. You could make matching bracelets, earrings, rings, decorate photo and mirror frames; I could go on and on and on. This is an exciting craft. Thanks
Posted: 8:04 pm on March 3rd
Partlycloudy1 writes: Here is a Flickr album of the first batch of necklaces I made from this tutorial. My projects had a tendency to flip over because of their light weight so I backed them all with illustrations cut out of a Victorian-era encyclopedia which was not usable otherwise (the paper was too brittle). I covered the completed pieces with paper glaze, and incorporated recycled jewelry pieces in them too.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=one_set72157623506873592

I gave these away to my friends as holiday gifts this past season, but have made another batch and am trying my hand at selling them locally.

PartlyCloudy
Posted: 7:44 pm on March 3rd
NancyWard writes: Hi!

Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

Would you let me know if that's OK?

Thanks,

Nancy Ward
http://paperfriendly.blogspot.com
Posted: 11:16 pm on August 25th
Flippincool writes: Hi!

Just wanted to let you know I featured this tutorial in a post all about upcycle crafting. Thanks!

Emily
The Handmade Experiment
http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/07/13/must-make-monday-upcycled/
Posted: 4:57 am on July 13th
Prachi writes: Wonderful art of work! Looks trendy as well as attractive. Just Love it. I'll try some for myself. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial and pics! Looking for traditional styles of jewelery visit here www.ckcsons.com/
Posted: 2:22 am on April 4th
AggieAnn writes: These are so pretty! I'm going to try them with fabric.........my first love. :-) Thanks for the instructions!
Posted: 5:49 pm on March 22nd
Magicgreen53 writes: Iam getting busy with this one tomorrow!!
Great tutorial and pics!
Thank-you sooo much for posting this!!
Posted: 3:20 am on January 31st
SewDanish writes: What a great idea! I love working with paper. Think I'll make collection of various colour, size and texture. Could come in very handy for some of my projects for the final embellishment. Birgitte
http://www.SewDanish.etsy.com
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Posted: 6:59 am on January 27th
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Posted: 8:42 am on January 24th
Cheriezel writes: No! Not another cool craft to get sucked into! But I have so many magazines/catalogs in the recycling, calling to me now....

Great photos and tutorial!
Posted: 11:49 am on January 22nd
Taueret writes: love it! Can't wait to give this a try.
Posted: 6:17 pm on January 15th
Erinzp writes: SO COOL! i've already torn out a million pages to turn into rolls. the rolls i've made so far have turned out really cool
Posted: 4:04 pm on January 13th
Nomdeeploom writes: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!! I WILL try this...I am into making my own jewelry AND recycling; this great idea combines the two!
Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 9:40 pm on January 12th
busybeedj writes: some how mine came out a little tighter and the coils werent as visible , but it came out cute , i added coils in the shape of a teddy bear , added eyes and blonde ringlets painted it purple , its definately different

Posted: 5:41 pm on January 12th
Mortira writes: What a great idea! Any magazines that come my way get obliterated after I've clipped out any jewelry, fashion or color scheme photos for my inspiration book. This is a great way to use up the pages that are left!
Posted: 12:22 pm on January 12th
happyjoy writes: Yea! This will go into my projects file for summer camp. We can't wait for the campers to try something new.
Posted: 6:18 pm on January 11th
trusk4u writes: This is a really awesome idea! I'll have to pass it on to a friend who has a girl scout troop.
Posted: 6:49 pm on January 10th
Susancnw writes: And this has definitely given me an idea...I might try this for drawer pulls on my daughter's dresser....the cardstock backing on it...and then use some sort of finish on it...so they will hold up to the pulling a bit. Besides, at the 'free' cost, I can replace them when necessary.
Posted: 1:47 pm on January 10th
LluviaDesigns writes: i'm very inspired by this! it's a good way to use up some of the magazines i have floating around - and i feel so guilty tossing them in the trash.
Posted: 12:35 pm on January 10th
LauraMM writes: Great tutorial! And the color combinations are so good! Great way to recycle those magazines!
Posted: 10:25 am on January 10th
DownHomeDIY writes: This is great. Thank you for sharing the detailed tutorial. I can't wait to try it.
Posted: 9:18 am on January 10th
babylamms writes: Thanks for the great tutorial! I love working with magazines & catalogs.
Posted: 9:10 am on January 10th
IggyJingles writes: Awesome! I'll be doing some of these alright.
Posted: 6:01 pm on January 9th
FaveCrafts writes: As an Editor who always saves all my magazines, I love this idea! Thanks!
Posted: 3:44 pm on January 9th
AmericanCurl writes: These look great! I'm going to do a "Playing with Paper" workshop at an upcoming singles conference, and I'm definitely going to add these as part of the things to try. The perfect pendant for a paper bead necklace! I'm also going to include making a tiny paper collage pin and tea bag folding. Paper is such fun to play with and the price is definitely right!
Posted: 2:39 pm on January 9th
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