How to Make a Magazine Reed Boxcomments (42) April 17th, 2009
I'm getting fairly obsessed with magazine reeds these days. They're such a great way to make crafty use of those old magazines you have lying around. Once you've glued the reeds to a surface and sealed them, you have a project that's extremely sturdy, colorful, and beautifully recycled.
What you'll need:
- Magazine pages
- Two bamboo skewers (the narrowest ones you can find)
- Glue stick (see note below)
- Aleene's Tacky Glue
- Moist towel
- Sharp, strong scissors
- Small box
- Mod Podge and brush
Incidentally, you'll end up with a lot of glue on your fingers during this project! Keep a moist towel nearby for clean-ups.
Part 1: Make a Magazine Reed
First, tear out a pile of magazine pages. You don't have to worry about the torn edges being too clean—they'll be hidden when you roll up the reeds. If you have a particular color scheme in mind for your project, then make sure the pages you tear out contain large amounts of these colors. You can use ad pages, article pages—all that matters is the predominant colors.
Fold each page in half lengthwise, as shown. If you have a torn edge, just line it up with the straight edge as best you can.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
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