Coiled Magazine Page Dish With Lid

by Johnnie Collier

Recycled Craft IdeasAre you looking for that unique, beautiful handmade gift that will make a big splash without breaking your bank account?  Look no further.  Coiled magazine page craft projects are the way to go.  This little container with adorable lid costs nothing but your time, a stack of old magazines and some Mod Podge.  Grab your glue gun and start coiling.


  • Old magazines
  • Glue gun
  • Bone Folder
  • Mod Podge


  • I started with the top of the lid and made a coil like I showed you in this post.  I put a thin line of hot glue around the bottom of my coil (the red coil shown below) and began wrapping a new strip, lining its top up with the bottom of the original coil to give the sloped shape of the lid.  I continued wrapping strips in this fashion until I couldn’t take it any longer my lid was the diameter I wanted.

Green Crafts

  • For the bowl part, I again started with a flat coil at the bottom, and worked my way up and out, adding strip by strip with hot glue until the diameter matched the lid!  Super easy.  Not all that fast, but totally worth it, don’t you think?

Recycled Paper Art

  • Finish up with a couple of coats of mod podge.  I prefer matte for these coiled paper projects.  I tried gloss on a coiled paper pendant and didn’t like the look.

How to make a paper bowl

Recycled Paper CraftsTIP:  Go to your local Asian market and grab some magazines for super bright ads and pages.  Alternate white with color strips for a contrast striped effect.

I am so excited about this dish.  I think I will put spare change it there, or maybe earrings.  What are your favorite green craft projects?

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Smallgood September 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I think this looks really sleek. The pictures make it look darling and hip at the same time. So, gotta load up on some magazines and a miniseries I guess.


2 john September 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I really like this. I wonder what I could keep in it..?


3 Pat MacDonald September 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Small pieces of jewelry would go in it and your change from your pants pockets each evening.; I just don’t think it would be a good place to pur a live flower in water. lol


4 Sisifo September 8, 2011 at 2:43 am

I love this! And I have a ton of magazines I need to get rid of, so here I go!


5 Sam September 8, 2011 at 6:27 am

I love this bowl, what a fab idea!


6 tabu September 8, 2011 at 8:28 am

i think u shuld upload a video for dis fantastic creation:)….


7 Rinni September 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I am so going to make some of these!! This looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing. ;)


8 Al McLeary September 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I have got to make one of these – what a cool project


9 Theresa @ Frugal Experiments September 8, 2011 at 11:14 pm


This is absolutely gorgeous! I have been trying to figure out what to do with all the FREE magazines I get and you just gave me the answer!

Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning this one on pinterest for sure!


10 Vanessa September 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

This is amazing!! LOVE it! :)


11 MD September 9, 2011 at 10:09 am



12 Vivienne @ The V Spot September 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

This is amazing! I know for sure I would not have the patience to do it. :)


13 Carol Samsel September 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

AWESOME!!!!! I know what I’ll be doing come some long winter night!


14 googiemomma September 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

love it. pinning it. maybe, one day, doing it. ;)


15 Kathy C. September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

What a fun idea! My Mom is an artist and always prefers a homeade gift. I’m thinking this would be lovely for christmas filled with some funky jewelry. ;) Thanks for the tutorial!


16 Bailey K. September 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

wow, this is amazing and so unique! i love it so much! great job.

i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

thanks so much for sharing!


17 The Outlaw Mom September 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I love this! The Warming Hut at Crissy Field in San Francisco had a lot of cute magazine coiled crafts for sale and I was wondering how to make them – thanks for the tutorial :-)


18 Natalie from September 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

What a neat idea! I am going to start saving up my magazines! Love it!


19 Barb September 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Your repurposed magazine projects are the BEST I have seen and I have been ALL OVER THE internet for info about magazine projects.


20 Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 September 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

You are an absolute magazine coil master! Positively beautiful! Pinned and Stumbled too.


21 Holly L September 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Loving these magazine pieces you are doing (I have like 1000 magazines around here)


22 Mod Podge Amy October 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Johnnie, this is my favorite. I love it!!


23 Mandy November 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

Wow, great! How many magazines did you use?


24 Marcella Crane December 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I love this! Thank you for sharing.


25 Valerie Goodwin February 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! thanks so much for sharing! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it!!


26 Jodi June 5, 2012 at 2:47 am

This is brilliant! I’m always after new ideas for gifts on a budget and these bowls filled with wrapped choccies & lollies will make perfect presents. Thanks so much for sharing!


27 SavedByLoveCreations June 5, 2012 at 5:20 am

Thank you, Jodi! I would love to see yours when you finish.


28 amy August 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

i absolutely love these. i’m trying to figure out how you go from the bottom coiled piece and then build up. can you explain that? i really want to start working on these soon. i have been wanting to make these so bad! please help? thanks.


29 Linsy Joyner March 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Agreed, I can’t figure out how to get the nice shape that these pictures have. I’m not sure how big the base coil should be and if she used half sheets or whole sheets.


30 SavedByLoveCreations March 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

It takes a lot of patience and practice. I made so many not so pretty ones before I got the feel of perfectly folding the strips. I haven’t done any of these forever since time doesn’t allow and I have moved onto other things. I wish I had done a more detailed tutorial back then since so many people have trouble with it, but the main thing is just putting in the hours with the medium. My coils look nicer with half sheets.


31 Boni November 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

Love this technique! Have seen some amazing necklaces made by prisoners. Great gift idea (to self!) here. ;)


32 Evelien December 4, 2012 at 4:36 am

Hoe maak je die potten van paper graag een nederlandstalige uitleg aub met stap voor stap uitgelegt en foto’s


33 Evelien December 4, 2012 at 4:37 am

De uitleg mag je versturen via mail


34 Bethany April 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

I love this idea want to make one but how did u keep it from bunching up and having uneven paper at the end of ur coil??


35 Annie May 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Love the bol… Just one littler problem, I speak french and I understand english. I would have like to see a step-by-step image. I don’t understand how you do the first part. neither the bottom of the dish. Thank you, really beautifull project. Have you seen Isa Papasian work?


36 flo July 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

love this. I remember Earth Bound had stuff like this and i loved it but they charged 40-70 for it. Now i can do it myself for like 10 at the most


37 Di August 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

It looks fantastic, and affordable for someone like me who loves to decorate but have no budget whatsoever for it. I was just wondering if you would have a video explaining how did you do it. I’m one of those unfortunate ppl who are only visual :(


38 Lotska September 15, 2013 at 8:33 am

Just had to point out that buying new magazines in order to “recycle” them into something is not green in any way. Opshop magazines, that’s different.


39 Miriam January 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

This is ALL kinds of beautiful. Am still trying to wrap my mind around it. Super chic, I bet it requires patience.


40 Neeti Hegde March 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

This is really beautiful, have worked on something smiliar, but coiled it around like a coaster and then lifted the edges slowly to make a bowl. Is that how you also work it ?


41 Johnnie Collier March 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Thank you, Neeti! Yes, that is how I did it too.


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