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Six Things to Do with Old Magazines

Donít just throw out your old magazines; they may have some life in them yet. Here are six things you can do with your magazines after youíre done with them.

  • Recycle
    This is the most obvious option. Itís better than throwing them in the trash, where they will just feed the growing landfills.

  • Donate
    Nursing homes may welcome the latest issues of pricey magazines to distribute to their residents. Womenís shelters may as well. Animal shelters and other charity organizations can sell them at a deeply discounted price.

  • Cut Up
    The pictures in magazines are great for craft projects. You can put them in a scrapbook, create a collage, or use them for decorate-it-yourself insulated coffee cups.

  • Give Away
    Fill up a magazine collector with your discards and leave it on the curb. Invite your neighbors and friends to take what they like.

  • Make Envelopes
    Take an envelope in the size you want make, open it up, and trace its outline on the magazine page, then cut it out. Use the open envelope to guide the folds in your new one. Glue it together and you will have a handmade envelope.

  • Display
    Magazines with interesting covers can make wonderful wall all. Carefully cut the cover out and put it in a frame with a large mat. Instant colorful art. If you have a vintage magazine that you donít want to tear apart, use a shadowbox frame to display it.
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