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Holiday Decor With Old Magazines

A couple of years ago, I came across a neat paper craft of making Christmas trees from old magazines craft on Pinterest. I decided to try a couple, and they were so easy and fun to make!  I used the trees for props in my craft show displays (I am an Usborne Books Consultant).   At my booths, several older ladies smiled and commented that they used to make them with Reader’s Digest magazines years ago, so I continued making them and even sold a few!

Holiday Kits

At an event, another vendor who happened to be a paper-crafter, took notice of my trees.  She suggested that I make a kit, and let the customer make their own. Ahhhh, kits would be a fantastic idea! I remembered a fun string art kit I had purchased for my daughter from the farmer’s market recently.  I had several outdated Usborne mini catalogs laying around, so after a fun evening of creativity, my first up-cycled craft kit was born!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, put on some holiday tunes, and fold away! 


You will need:  a catalog/magazine

Optional:  bone folder, spray adhesive, glitter, tree topper (I found the stars at the Dollar Tree)

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 made from what was once going in the garbage.  Ta-Da!

Upcycled Magazine Trees would make a nice gift for a book lover, or to go with a magazine subscription, or for anyone who appreciates crafty things.  I like to display them on my bookshelf when I’m not using them at a show. 

There’s a FREE PDF of instructions that you can print available for a limited time in the Free Resource Library

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