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Upcycled Tutorial

A couple of years ago, I came across a neat paper craft on Pinterest.  It was making Christmas trees from old catalogs/magazines.  I decided to try a couple, and they were so easy and fun to make!  I decided to use them for props in my craft show displays (I am an Usborne Books Consultant).   I had  many older ladies comment that they used to make them with Reader’s Digest magazines when they were young.  I continued to use them during the holiday season in my displays.  It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago, another vendor who happened to be a paper-crafter took notice.  She asked me if I sold them, and I told her no, but perhaps I should make more so I could.  She suggested that I make a kit, and let the customer make their own.  I really liked the idea, as I had remembered purchasing a string art kit for my daughter several months ago.  She enjoyed stringing the thread around the nails in the shape of our state.  I had many outdated Usborne mini catalogs laying around, and thought it might be fun for others as well.  So, after a fun evening of creativity, my first upcycled craft kit was born!

This craft is fun for older kids and adults as well!  It’s amazing what you can do with something that would otherwise go in the trash.   Depending on the size of your catalog, you can do one in under 30 minutes.  Grab a cup of coffee or cider, your favorite movie, and fold away!  Check out the tutorial, then get my free printable instruction guide!

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You will need:  a catalog/magazine

Optional:  bone folder, spray adhesive, glitter, topper

Step 1:  Fold the top outer corner of the catalog page down to the spine creating a triangle, and crease the fold with your finger or a bone folder to make a clean, sharp crease.

Step 2:  Fold the page again to make another triangle by folding the diagonal edge of step 1 to align with the spine.  Crease with your finger or bone folder.

Step 3:  Flip your page over and grab the little triangle tail, bring it up to the bottom of the magazine page.  Crease and tuck it into the pocket created by your double-folded triangle.

It will look like this on the bottom

Tips:  Do step 1 for every page, then step 2 for every page, then finish with step 3.  Also, if you have a thick catalog, break the spine by bending back and forth a few times before you begin.  To add sparkle, apply a thin coat of spray adhesive  to the tree and sprinkle with glitter.  You could also use spray paint, but I think the catalogs are colorful enough as is.  Let dry overnight, and top with a star.  (I found mini toppers at The Dollar Tree).

There you have it!  A fun easy, inexpensive craft from what was once going in the garbage.  Ta-Da!

These would make a nice gift for a book lover, or to go with a magazine subscription, or someone who just appreciates crafty things.  I like to put a few on my bookshelf when I’m not using them at a show.  I encourage you to make your own, but if you don’t have many catalogs or magazines of your own, I have my kits for sale that includes a catalog, instructions, and a star topper, all neatly packaged and ready to give as a fun gift!  Just send me an email, and I can hook you up!

There is also a FREE PDF of instructions that you can print available.  Just subscribe below, or on the right sidebar, and fill out the info.  It will be sent directly to your inbox, ready to print!   Thank you!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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