How to "Waste" Paper

comments (14) January 19th, 2009     

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Jeff_Rudell Jeffery Rudell, contributor
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Keep your old magazines from ending up in a landfill by putting them to work as colorful trash receptacles. When you need a change of pace, just tear off a sheet to reveal a new page, a new color, or a new look.
With use, the edges and surface of this trash can will wear to a suedelike texture and acquire the slouch of a canvas bag.
An issue of your favorite periodical and a handful of grommets are all you need to create this one-of-a-kind container.
Keep your old magazines from ending up in a landfill by putting them to work as colorful trash receptacles. When you need a change of pace, just tear off a sheet to reveal a new page, a new color, or a new look.

Keep your old magazines from ending up in a landfill by putting them to work as colorful trash receptacles. When you need a change of pace, just tear off a sheet to reveal a new page, a new color, or a new look.

Photo: Jeff Rudell
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I did a little experimenting and found that approximately 10 standard magazine pages offered enough heft to give my project the structure I wanted. Feel free to use more pages if you would like your basket to be more rigid. Also, when deciding what pages should adorn the exterior of your piece, try to find pages that are either colorful or have a pretty pattern. With a little patience and some elbow grease, you can transform a handful of trash into a handsome trash can.


A stack of old magazines and 15 grommets are all you need to make a unique and useful trash can of your own. Different size magazines will result in different size receptacles, of course, so feel free to make one as large or as small as you need.

 


Using a straightedge and a craft knife, carefully remove the binding of your magazine. You will need 10 stacks of 10 pages each (that's 100 pages total) to make this project. Choose your pages for their interesting images or vivid colors.

 


Once you've selected 10 stacks of 10 pages each, cut holes in all four corners of five of these stacks. In the remaining five stacks, cut holes ONLY in the top corners and add a 5-inch-long center cut that runs up from the bottom edge of the pages.

 

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Comments (14)

cooproduct writes: Hi Jeff,

This is also such a good product with a great set of instructions. Can I ask if you would consider also 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: 4:55 am on May 18th
lkaren writes: Oh, how far into the page should the grommet holes be punched to ensure the basket is tight once assembled? Thanks!
Posted: 9:37 pm on March 18th
lkaren writes: I love this waste basket and attempted to make it. In fact, I've attempted to make a couple of your crafts. They are pretty easy, but I'm a person who follows step-by-step, specific instructions, yet I've found that your guidelines seem to leave out very necessary steps (which I haven't figured out). In this waste basket, it seems as if the bottom flaps have grommet holes punched in them, but your example doesn't show that. Please advise. Thanks1
Posted: 9:33 pm on March 18th
susan72 writes: Jeffry You are an amazing man. You out do some of us, Just saw a video on white flowers., Michelle was super! All your products Ive seen I wiull make. The Baskets!! Thank you. Susan J
Posted: 3:25 pm on January 29th
TerraEden writes: Rudell's posts are always my favorites! However, if you make his Waste Paper Basket, follow Jeffery's instructions! If he says stacks of 10 pages (or more), don't use 6. If he says use grommets or zip ties, don't use a stapler. I ended up with a very laughable piece of abstract art rather than a waste bin. So ugly that I will not be sharing a picture of it!
Posted: 4:33 pm on April 7th
wildenfunky writes: Jen W!! You took the words right out of my mouth!! Every last one of them. Jeffery, you never fail to amaze me! I've been down in South Africa for three weeks and have missed out.....so a lot of catching up to do with this divine website, very exciting! Cheers Adrien
Posted: 10:02 am on February 2nd
b_ziacoma writes: Interesting idea...
Posted: 8:03 pm on January 28th
2manyideas writes: Love this! Want this! Will have to make this out of all those magazines I have stacked up in the corner! I might even use mine as an unusual housewarming gift container.
Posted: 7:32 pm on January 21st
JenniferStern writes: This is the perfect "after life" for some of the pages and inspiring cover shots from my extra large size W Magazine ...Plus it will look great in my sewing room! Thanks Jeffrey

Posted: 12:16 pm on January 21st
FaveCrafts writes: I'm always looking for a way to recycle old magazines. What a great idea! Thanks.
Posted: 4:33 pm on January 20th
DudeCraft writes: Nicely done. I always love your stuff.

www.dudecraft.com
Posted: 10:24 am on January 20th
mimioka writes: Wow !!! this is a differnt way to recicle Magazines.

Posted: 8:41 am on January 20th
gardenpartynyc writes: do you think this could work as a lampshade?


Posted: 5:47 pm on January 19th
Jen_W writes: This is incredible. I have a craft crush on your brain! And I love your choice of magazine for your waste basket.
Posted: 12:31 am on January 19th
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