Recycled Magazine Page Bowl

Recycled Paper Bowl

At it again.  Today I have some new tips to share with you that will make these projects easier.  They are still time consuming as all get out, but with a couple of extra steps you can be sure to get beautiful results with your magazine strips everytime.

Here I showed you how to fold and coil strips.   I have been folding and gluing for awhile now, and I am finding it much easier to use 1/4 magazine page sections to make the strips.  They are easier to fold, and look neater (since they are not as thick) than the 1/2 page method I showed you in the link above.  I use a paper cutter to cut a stack of magazine pages into quarters lengthwise (the vase in the pic is sitting on 1/4 pages).

Recycled Paper Bowl

The next tip is so helpful.  If you dip each strip in glue, let them dry, then spritz them with water, they become easier to work with and shape into your desired creation.  It kinda becomes like working with clay!  To do this, I put 2 parts elmers glue, one part water in a vase like the one above (which I got at the dollar tree).  I dipped the strip in, flipped it over and dipped the other half and ran it through 2 fingers to remove excess glue.  Then I placed each strip on a non stick craft sheet.  Wax paper would work too.

I let them dry for a couple of days, spritzed them with water in a mister bottle, and began coiling and shaping.  SO much easier this way.  I still sealed the final piece for durability and strength.

For the bowl, I started with a coil at the center, then made a rounded corner square by cutting strips in graduated lengths and creating the four corners.  Once I had the corners in place, I began coiling around the entire shape, working up and out to make the bowl.  Hard to explain, but you can see what I did in the pics.   Working on a video tutorial!

Recycled Paper Bowl

Recycled Magazine Paper Bowl

Recycled Paper Bowl


  1. Awesome project!! I knew there must be a reason I can’t get rid of all my magazines! I can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog. Found you via Shabby Creek Cottage and I’m a new follower!

  2. How unique and beautiful..I love it..I would love for you to pls link and share this via my linky party today ~ Pin Inspitational Thursdays via TY. ps: officially following ya :))

  3. Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. This bowl is amazing! I’d really like to try this some time! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

    I hope you are having a great week!

  4. Wow, love all your magazine crafts, I have seen this years ago and it is back, like so many wonderfull crafts do! Thanks for sharing, maybe this time around your inspiration will get me going! New follower!

  5. wow, this is wonderful! it looks amazing. what a great way to re-use! love it.

    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!

  6. Wow! This looks so amazing! I don’t think I would have the patients to do this. You did a wonderful job. Love all the colors!
    Stephanie @

  7. Thanks for sharing some tips with us. Love this bowl!!!

  8. It’s beautiful! You are unknowingly enabling my hoarding habits lol!!! Now I just have to keep all those magazines…..

  9. Looks great! I always want to try projects like these with my old magazines but haven’t gotten brave enough yet. Yours turned out so good though!

  10. That is so creative, who would of thought. The bowl is beautiful, and really turned out good!

  11. Beautiful. I love the squared off corners they really add a lot to the artsy look.

  12. id love to feature your recycled bowl on my blog if that would be ok with you please let me know. i love these!

  13. that looks cool :)

  14. Wow, these are amazing! They do look time consuming but what a beautiful finish! Thanks for linking them to Eat, Grow, Sew!

  15. are you kidding me!!!! This is absolutely amazing!!!!! Good job. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  16. This is awesome and most definitely do-able thanks to your help! Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. These are so cool I’ve been wondering how I could make them! I’m sharing this on my blogs facebook page tomorrow and my “green’ project.


  18. This is such a fantastic idea! I have about 200 magazines in my car boxed up and were ready to be recycled….not anymore! I have to give this a try.

  19. Your bowl looks awesome! Looks like a lot of work too! I have a party going on over at my blog that is dedicated to using your craft stash items. The link is open for most of October and I would love to have you join! Here is the link if you are interested:

  20. katalina jewelry says:

    Great way to make use of all those old magazines! I certainly have a few laying around – maybe I’ll try this! Found through Ginger Snap Crafts and am now following along to see more!

  21. I love things made out of magazine pages! I have a storage box I got at TJMaxx that I just love, and now I know how to recreate it! Thanks for the tutorial.

  22. Wooaahhh! This is way cool. Thanks for posting this amazing craft.

  23. Wonderful tips for working in this incredible medium!

  24. Hi! I featured this here, pinned on Pinterest and posted on fb. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :)

  25. gorgeous and delicate! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  26. Wow, that’s a beautiful bowl. Hope you have the time soon to make a video tutorial.

  27. wow this is awesome! I’m featuring this on scrappy saturdays this week, come check it out and grab a button if you like! I’d love for you to link up any other great projects you have!


  28. Dang! That is cool!

  29. You are a whiz with those magazine pages!

  30. You’ve been featured at my weekly link party – Hookin Up with HoH!

    Feel free to stop on by and grab a button if you’d like. :)


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  31. This is such a great idea! Can I please share this on my website with a link back to you?

  32. Featuring YOU over on my blog today! Fabulous idea! Thank you so much for linking up to my {wow me} wednesday party last week! :)

    Ginger @

  33. Beulah Hyde says:

    Thank you so much for linking up to my {wow me} wednesday party last week! Thank you so much for sharing! Beautiful.

  34. What kind of sealant do you use and how do you apply it? Thanks!

  35. Tania Maddox says:

    Love all the colors! I knew there must be a reason I can’t get rid of all my magazines!

  36. Beautiful bowl and amazing craftsmanship! Here’s my results from your inspiration:


  37. Shirley Lupton says:

    This is really neat. Thanks for the post.

  38. What do you seal your bowls with? and how much water do you spritz them with? Also do you have a video tutorial for this? I see that you were going to do one but I don’t see a link for one anywhere

    • SavedByLoveCreations says:

      Hi Jennie. Thanks for the great questions. I would love to have a video out, time just hasn’t allowed me to do so. Once you dip the strips in paste and let them dry overnight, you can dip them in a bowl of water, completely submerging the strip, then pull it right out to wet it. I have found this quicker than spritzing. Every second counts when doing such an involved project!

      As far as sealant, I prefer a matte finish, so I use Mod Podge in matte or satin. 3 coats, drying 30 min between is good. If you want a glossy finish, my favorite is Minwax polycrylic. It is stronger, and I usually only use 2 coats. Hope this helps.

  39. Awesome awesome upcycle! Love the bowl! You should totally enter this project in Craftbaby’s ‘Upcycle Challenge’!

  40. So pretty! I made a flower pot using this technique a few years ago. It was definitely tedious work but well worth it!

  41. i saw your idea and started making something similar. But on the way it turned out a side table

  42. Wendy Halvorson says:

    Did you dip the strips after they were folded? And how did you attach the strips together? With tape? Your results are beautiful!

    • SavedByLoveCreations says:

      Hi Wendy. Thanks for your comment. I dipped the strips after folding them. I run each dipped strip between my thumb and index finger to flatten completely and get rid of excess glue. let them dry either on wax paper or hang on a string to air dry for 1-2 days. Spritz them with water to re-wet them when you are ready to make your piece. They become sticky and stay together pretty well. You may need a dab of white glue to connect pieces, but you will probably find you don’t need it if you have dipped and wet. Seal final piece with mod podge or other acrylic sealer to keep it all together. Hope this helps.

  43. Woww.. I have made newspaper coasters before. Will try this for sure..

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  45. Kathleen says:

    You do very nice work! Do you have a tutorial on making the magazine bowl? Thank you


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