Video:DIY Magazine Tablewith Julie Edmonds
By recycling a few old magazines, you can make a modern-looking side table or stand that will be a unique element to your home. Find out how to fold magazines into a fun, DIY table.See Transcript
Transcript:DIY Magazine TableHey everybody! This is Julie Edmonds for About.com. At our house we love reading and get new magazines every week - and though the magazines are great after a while we find a large buildup of back issues.
Recycling Magazines Into a TableMost of these end up going into the recycling, but wouldn’t it be great if you could make something out of them for the house without too much work? Well one thing you can do is make magazine stands out of them, so you are saving the magazines from the trash without creating more clutter.
Magazine Table Supplies NeededYou'll need just a few things to make this project happen:
- at least 4 old magazines (the thicker the better)
- glue stick
Prepare the MagazinesFirst things first, pull out all of the subscription cards and perfume samples, really anything made of paper stock that is different then the magazines pages. Next, open the magazine and lay it on its back with all the pages to the right and only the cover to the left.
Form the First Magazine Table LayersNow take a bunch of pages, approximately 10 or so including the front cover, and run the glue stick along the front and back edge of the grouping, then fold them all together to the right (toward the back cover.) sticking the outer edge into the magazines spine. Like this. Don’t crease the fold-- you want it to make an arc. If you do it right when you look at the end it will make a kind of tear drop shape.
Next you are going to repeat this for the whole magazine, until the last 10 pages or so. Those pages should be folded in the other direction so that you have some spine to tuck them into. When you are done you have what looks like a puffy paper rainbow. Now repeat this with at last 3 more magazines.
When you have them all done take two and place them back to back. Do the same with the next two being sure to offset the seam where the covers are back to back on the second layer. By offsetting them it will make them much more stable. They should be strong enough for putting plants on top of them.
Use the Magazine TableIn our house we use these as plant stands so our cat can’t get at the dirt and so the plants get enough light from the window, not to mention we love their literary look in our office. By recycling old magazines you save waste, and create something useful and attractive for your house.
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