Sunday, March 13, 2011

Inspiration arrives from all sources.

I have this extremely talented friend, Natalie.  Ironically, I met Natalie the same way I met Katelyn.  Natalie is an incredible author and you can find her work here and here.  She’s wonderfully creative and I’m lucky to have her as a friend because she inspired this post. 
Friday afternoon, she sent me a text that read: I challenge you.  I saw this at a store.  It is rolled up pages of a magazine on a pencil cup.  It could be a mixed media piece.  Pun intended :-).
So I was immediately up for the challenge.  And it was perfect timing because prior to Friday I wasn’t sure of what I would be posting today, so I am lucky to have you, Gnat. 
What you will need:
  • Some sort of cup (You could use a can.  But I was already using a big coffee container to hold some of my various pens/pencils/scissors/etc)
  • Old magazines
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
First decide if you want to stick to a color scheme.  I considered only using warm colors, but then I decided to incorporate all colors.  Sift through old magazines and pick out suitable pages. 
It looks a little chaotic, but if you look closely, you will see some color piles (green purple, blue, red, grey, etc).  From there, the boyfriend helped roll up the individual pages and hot glued the edge so little roll would stay in place.
I enlisted the boyfriend to help with these, which helped quite a lot.  It’s an easy task but semi time consuming, so a buddy would be useful.  IMG_3860
Again, I used the hot glue gun to glue them to the side of the coffee container.  I tried to line them up as closely as possible and made sure that the seams did not show. 
The pages are taller than the sides of the coffee container, so after I glued on about four, I would trim off the tops. And, done!

 And now it has found a home on my desk where it adds some much needed color Smile The best part about this craft?  It was FREE.  Entirely composed of items that I previously owned.  I would like to try this craft again, maybe using old book pages.  

Sharing with other crafters here!


  1. So simple! And it totally makes a difference! (I love your dog btw) Great post, and I love how it didn't cost a thing.

  2. Love love love anything involving magazine upcycles :) I love to make bowls out of them! That looks so cool, and I like how you used a big container--I need one twice that because I have an obsession with pens & highlighters :)

  3. It looks so purty :) Glad I could help inspire this, and a bonding activity with the boy and pup. Love it.

  4. Thrifty, Rainbow, and Green!! Love it : )

    pink and green mama,

  5. too funny...i just saw vases made like this yesterday at the gift store at the santa barbara zoo! i actually sat there and looked at them for a few minutes trying to figure out how they were done. love that you posted this!


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