Cut & Paste: Magazine Scrap Decor

IMG_0780This craft is a cute way to upcycle old magazines and make some one-of-a-kind wall decor. Best of all, it requires minimal supplies though the cut and paste technique required can get to be a bit tedious. My inspiration for this project came from this pin, but there were no instructions attached, so I decided to eyeball a recreation. It was definitely a success, but I need to add a very important disclaimer: do not attempt this project without a paper cutter! I mean, you could, but your poor crippled fingers would probably never be able to grasp an object ever again by the time you’re done. Alright, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but whatever.

What you need:
– Any type of paper
– Paper cutter
– Scissors
– An old magazine
– Pencil
– Glue stick

IMG_0762What to do:
1. Draw the outline of your desired shape onto your paper. If you don’t trust yourself to draw a cohesive shape, you could easily find a template online and print it out.
2. Cut out your shape(s).
3. Using a paper cutter, cut one magazine page at a time into 1/2″ strips. The more colorful the pages you choose, the better.
4. Spread glue onto your cut-out shape, and start gluing down your magazine strips side-by-side, the bottom of the strips starting at the horizontal halfway point of your cutout.
5. Once the top of your shape is covered in magazine strips, flip it over and trim the excess magazine strips with scissors.
6. Flip your shape back over and repeat steps 4 and 5 on the bottom half of your cutout.

I decided to make this craft a 2-parter, so I cut out a small heart to accompany my main cutout. Since this cutout was so small, I only used one row of magazine scraps rather than two rows horizontally stacked.

This project turned out super cute and made a great addition to my dorm wall. If there’s anything the experience taught me, though, it’s that if you choose to do this project sitting on the floor, take a break every 20 minutes or so to spare your back some soreness. The project was certainly worth it though; you have total creative control. Other ideas to try would be spelling out names or shredding pages to keep with a certain color scheme. One magazine could probably make at least 10 cutouts, so experiment away!

IMG_0781Happy scrapping!


About Brenna McKinley

I'm a two-time Marist College grad with degrees in Communications (BA) and Integrated Marketing Communication (MA).

3 responses to “Cut & Paste: Magazine Scrap Decor

  1. I too have seen this on pinterest, I think I might give it a go but maybe use the mountains of my kids art work that I feel guilty about throwing out

  2. Beverlee Merrill

    I have just found an old mannequin …..cloth on top of hard hard molded feminine body mannequin…hip to neck…no holder or legs… Do you know anyone who has used paper strips to create a “creation”? What kind of bonding agent…glue,paste,compound…did they use?/or have you used…

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