Feature Friday- Paper Reed Frames



Recycled paper art can be a great group project!  This past weekend, my mother, sister, sister-in-law and I went on our annual ‘Girls Trip’ to the mountains.  Every year we rent a cabin at the top of a mountain in Gatlinburg, TN, and do girl things.

It is pretty awesome.  And since my crafty inclinations didn’t fall far from the tree, the entire family is nearly as crazy about crafts as I tend to be.

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So naturally, we spent some time on creating.

Our main project was chosen off of Pinterest, featured by such artists as Kristy from I’ll Get You my Pretties, and Johnnie from Saved by Love Creations, we decided to create paper reed frames!

For this project we used:

Several old magazines
Wooden skewers
Glue sticks
Mod Podge
Unfinished Wooden Frame

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And here is the “A” Team ready to pounce on the latest and greatest crafty project.

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The process to make the reeds is simple.  Cut the magazine page in half vertically.  Then take your wooden skewer and starting from the bottom corner at a slight angle, roll the paper to the opposite corner.  About half way, you may need to adjust your skewer so that you don’t roll off one end of it.  Once you get it completely rolled, use your glue stick to tack it to stay.  Then slide out the skewer.   

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Then start making piles of them.  They are actually quite addicting!

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In fact, we became a regular reed factory!

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After a bit of reed making, it was necessary to stop and get a bit of sustenance.  After all, girl trips usually require us to keep on hand the four main food groups for proper crafty inspiration: nachos, corn dogs, cheese puffs, and industrial strength size pieces of cake.  And we really needed to keep our energy up, right?

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The next step was to use the Mod Podge to glue our reeds onto our frames, cutting them and creating our own individual designs.  The final touch was to coat the entire project in Mod Podge to protect it.  And make a huge mess.  And enjoy every minute of it.

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Because I firmly believe that you should immerse yourself in craftiness at all times.

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Because what would life be without a little color?

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For more recycled crafts from the Sitcom check out the following:

Faux Tin Tiles made from disposable cookie sheets
Cut Paper Art made from recycled magazines
Faux Metal Wall Art made from recycled toilet paper tubes

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