Recycle your old magazines by crafting this one-of-a-kind frame and box, perfect for gift giving.
recycled magazines cut into tubes and put on frames and a tin and decoupaged
  • Paper trimmer with ruler
  • Discarded magazines
  • Drinking straws
  • Transparent tape
  • Decoupage medium
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Lightweight cardboard slightly larger than frame
  • Flat wood frame
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Cardboard box


  1. From magazine pages, cut 1/2-inch-wide strips long enough to wrap around a drinking straw.
  2. Tape one strip end to each straw at an angle. Wrap strips around straws in a spiral, overlapping edges so the straw does not show through. Tape ends in place.
  3. Coat paper-wrapped straws with decoupage medium; let dry.
  4. For frame, coat cardboard with a thick coat of decoupage medium. Place paper-wrapped straws next to the other on the cardboard, aligning one straw end with an edge of the cardboard; let dry.
  5. Measure the four frame front pieces. On the back of the covered cardboard piece, use a ruler and pencil to mark strips slightly wider than the four frame front pieces. Use scissors to cut out strips of straw-covered cardboard. Piece strips if needed to cover the frame front.
  6. Hot-glue the straw-covered cardboard strips to the frame front, trimming as needed. Brush on another coat of decoupage medium; let dry. Place a picture in the frame.
  7. For the box, cut magazine strips to cover the outside of the box and the edge of the lid. Use decoupage medium to adhere the strips to the box; let dry.
  8. Wrap straws with magazine strips as described in steps 1-3.
  9. Apply a thick coat of decoupage medium to the top of the lid. Cover the lid with paper-wrapped straws, placing them so they overlap the edge; let dry.
  10. Use scissors to trim the straws even with the lid edge. Brush on another coat of decoupage medium; let dry.


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