Another way to recycle magazines and create beautiful artwork at the same time, this cut paper art is not only colorful, but very easy to make! So gather up your old magazines and I’ll show you how to make this recycled craft!
About once a month, I meet with my mom, sister and whoever else wants to show up, to create a crafty project together. Each time we meet, a different person is in charge of the “mystery” project. We are only told what supplies to bring and it is always exciting to see what the person in charge has in mind to do.
This past week, my sister was in charge and her idea, based upon a few things she had found on Pinterest, was cut paper art using old magazines and construction paper.
For this project we used:
8″ x 10″ picture frames
black and brown construction paper
Take the frame apart. You will be working with just the cardboard back of the frame. Cut strips of colorful magazine pages, folding them lengthwise and glueing them down with your glue stick. Glue them down with the folded edges approximately 1/4″ apart.
Try to use bright colored pages for the best contrast with your dark construction paper.
Use the craft knife to trim the edges of all the paper to match the edges of the picture frame back.
Trim your construction paper to match the size of your picture. Then trim an addition inch off of the bottom so that the finished art will show all the colored strips along the bottom. Draw your pattern onto the paper, and then use a craft knife to cut out your picture.
If you would like the patterns, you can download the full size pdf versions of the potted plant and the butterflies here.
Depending on how you are cutting it out, you might have to glue your construction paper down in sections.
The final step is to put your frame back together!
This project was a ton of fun and only took us a few hours!
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