Recycled Magazine Bowls

bowl for blogIn honor of Earth Day, I’m having a Recycle Art Week at my school. These bowls are fun to make and truly about reusing that which just ends up in the trash.

1. Every student needs a 1″ wide x 12″ cardboard stick, scotch tape (preferably in a dispenser) and a magazine. To begin, students are to tear out magazine pages, taking care to choose those with the most color. The students then place the stick at a corner of a page and wrap the paper around it as shown in the diagram. Careful folding and creasing helps. When the page is completely wrapped around the stick, pull the stick out from one side. Tape the rolled paper corner down so it doesn’t unwrap.

2. The first strip needs to be rolled up tightly, much like a tape measure is rolled. When finished, tape the end to itself so it doesn’t come apart.

3. To continue, each new strip is attached with tape where the last one ended and wrapped to the growing roll until it is the size that is desired. When complete, hold the flat roll and shape it into a bowl. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge on one side and let dry. Repeat for the remaining side.


11 Responses

  1. Miss Wanderlust

    LOVE THIS!! I will definitely be doing this in my class real soon!!

  2. Instead of a cardboard tube, a wooden dowel may help achieve a tighter roll.

  3. Coolest ever! I have seen beads made from mags but never bowls. I like this idea!
    :) tina

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  5. Anonymous

    I love this project and have seen it done with thinner strips. Never did I think of second graders doing it! We are using rulers and OLD National Geographic Magazines I’ve had for YEARS. The pages are a little thick and harder to keep tightly rolled, but are working well and are going towards a good cause: Father’s Day (and my end-of-the-year sanity). Thanks for all of your terrific ideas.

    :)Amy S, Bend, OR

  6. Lauren

    This is awesome! I just recently discovered your blog and it will now be my go-to resource for fun art projects in the classroom. I love the magazine bowls. My 3rd and 4th graders had a great time making them. We used rulers instead of the cardboard and it worked wonderfully. The two bowls I made for examples are fantastically decorating my family room! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blog!!!!!!!!!

  7. Erica

    Wow! I love this idea. . . I can probably do it with my after school green team!!! I love your blog.

  8. Naomi

    Great blog! I am so excited to do some of the art projects you have shared! Thank you!!!!!

  9. Mrs M

    Fabulous idea – I am really inspired by your blog. Thank you for sharing!

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