Feature Friday- Paper Reed Frames

by Susan Myers on March 30, 2012

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.

craft paper reed frames from recycled magazines

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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1 Sharon November 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

Hello girls, have you seen christmas trees made with the same thinly rolled newspaper or magazine technique? I ask because I saw trees and wreths made like that at Marshall’s and I haven’t been able to find instructions anywhere!

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2 Pink Bunny Paw August 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

So cool :D

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3 Annie April 19, 2012 at 7:57 am

Thank you for this wonderful idea. It hardly cost money to make it and it is so so stylish and innovative. It is very addictive also.

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4 gail April 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Love the frames, and those cute flowers make all the difference in the world!
gail

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5 Mindie April 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Oh I use to make things like this with my granny, thanks for sharing, brought back some good memories.

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6 Brenda Williams April 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Awesome frames! Thanks for sharing the trip and the fun.

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7 Jill April 2, 2012 at 5:53 am

Gorgeous frames Suzy! Looks like you had lots of fun making them too!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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8 Ann Martin April 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Aw, your weekend must have been so much fun! I love the way the frames turned out and the flowers on the last one are super.

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9 Carol April 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

Genius and I’ve got enough magazines to keep me busy making these for quite some time!

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10 michelle@somedaycrafts March 31, 2012 at 1:31 am

Cute! I love those kind of projects!

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11 Teddie Seeley March 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

It looked like you ladies were just having too much fun….lol.

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12 Jana March 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm

How creative! I have a trash can that I purchased at BB&B that is done like this but the frames are sooooo cute!

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13 Brittany March 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

These are so fun! And everyone has newspaper and magazines lying around. This would be a fun project to do with my kids next week during Spring Break. Thank you for sharing.
Warm wishes, Brittany

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14 Paula March 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

This is really awesome, great idea, must try it!!!!

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15 Nicole March 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

Love that idea. and its good because its a recycle it help reduce the garbage in our place.

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16 Lynda March 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

I’m ready to go back! LOL, I wanna make more reeds!!! I’m still addicted, lol

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17 norene March 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

We had a great time together as usual. I always look forward to our trips . Now I have to decide what picture i’m going to put in my frame. Maybe one from the trip.

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18 Laurie March 30, 2012 at 7:13 am

Love these frames and love Gatlinburg! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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19 Anonymous March 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

If I was Norene, I would be protesting that one photo..hehehe..nothing like getting caught by the shutterbug with your mouth full.

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