One of the best times of year to try to upcycle and recycle crafts is in the spring, when we’re all trying to be a bit more eco-conscious. Oftentimes we don’t notice all the recycling opportunities that surround us in our daily lives, because we’re used to doing things (or crafts) a certain way. I found a tutorial on YouTube for easy paper flowers—using scrapbook paper to make gorgeous little paper blooms. It got me thinking about the potential for a super-easy recycle craft using only existing paper, rather than brand-new, store-bought stuff. So how about magazine pages? Magazine pages are some of the most underused resources for colorful and interesting backgrounds for recycle crafts. Make paper flowers that look super funky and eclectic.
Magazine pages, cut in 1 3/4-inch strips (the more colorful, the better)
Hot-glue gun or Quick Grip heavy-duty adhesive
Medium- to large-size buttons
1. With each strip of magazine paper, fold it like an accordian all the way up.
2. Bend the strip around and glue the two ends together (so it lays in a flower shape).
3. Cut out a circle (or die-cut) with a 2-inch diameter.
4. Glue the circle to the back of the flower; this will stabilize the flower.
5. Glue one button or a cluster of fun small buttons to the center of the flower.
6. Adorn greeting cards and decorations with fun recycled paper flowers!
Originally published on FaveCrafts