They tend to come into your home and stay well past their welcome. They don't take up a lot of space, yet, you don't know quite what to do with them, where to put them. Too many stacked at one time can lead to bodily harm to Mr. Whiskers the cat as they topple over.
I'm talking about catalogs, my friends. Anyone else have a pile of them leftover from the holidays that is reaching Mt. Everest-proportions? Sorting and chunking them into the proper recycling receptacle was on my things to do this week, but, to my surprise, I am keeping them. Why? Well, on Saturday, Kiddo busted one open, grabbed some tracing paper, and went to town creating little pictures. We had a fun arts-and-crafts project going for a good hour or so.
It dawned on me: I could recycle these in a way that doesn't involve me hurting my lower back attempting to relocate them to the bin. We can reuse them via some cool crafts!
-- Mosaic masterpieces. This is one is so simple...I often forget about it, it is that easy. All you need are a few old catalogs, scissors, glue, and a piece of paper (a little heavier paper is usually better). Have the kids cut up a variety of shapes and forms, or make them all the same little squares, whatever they feel like...and then glue them onto create a cool piece of artwork.
-- Collage of Thoughts. I always think of a collage as the fancier version of the mosaic. Have your kids flip through those catalogs and old magazines and cutout anything that strikes them -- things they love, words that inspire them, what makes them laugh. Then arrange and glue the selections on a piece of paper. This is a great one for older kiddos, especially when you give them a theme like "I love ____!" or "My favorite things" or "My Dreams!"
-- Fun décor. Check out this idea I spotted at Cutoutandkeep.net. With those old magazines and catalogs, a pair of scissor, some twigs from the yard, and tape (or, if you are fancy, you can use a hot glue gun). Cut out some leaf shapes and little birdie shapes, maybe even a nest or an owl or whatever you want, and then attach them to the twigs. If you want to make them a little sturdier, tape them onto a piece of cardboard in the same shape first. Then, arrange the twigs in a large vase and -- bam! -- chic, DIY décor.
Do you have a bunch of old catalogs and magazines? What crafts are you doing lately in your home?