I am a fairly eco-conscious person and though at times it would be easier to throw stuff out.... I tend to try to recycle what I can and reuse what I can't.
Our apartment building (though they really should) doesn't have recycling! So I've had to find creative ways to reuse a lot of things. Most recently I've been trying to figure out how to reuse the foot high stack of magazines and try to make Christmas presents too!
I looked online all over for crafty ideas and found How About Orange a wonderful blog full of crafty things, stuff to do when you're bored, and printables. The creator of How About Orange is Jessica Jones, a textile artist and super crafter who has thought of everything. She's not specifically a "green" crafter, but has some awesome ideas of how to reuse items!
On her site I found this:
You guessed it - this is a woven coaster from old magazines!!!! Amazing!
This is my own version - but if you want to see another version check out the How About Orange version
Follow the steps on How About Orange or my own below:
|1) Start with scissors, tape, and/or a stapler|
|2) Tear out 6 pages from magazine of |
corresponding colors - here we have green/brown
|3) Cut off the ragged edge of each page |
(just to make things nice and even)
|4) Cut page in half.|
|5) Fold in half long ways once...|
|6) and then in thirds...|
|7) So it looks roughly like this.|
|8) Fold your newly folded page in half |
with the exposed edges towards the center.
|9) And start weaving|
|10) If you choose to, you can tape the |
edges down to avoid movement of
the pages as you weave.