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A big “thank you” to Martha Stewart for this one.  Not only is this a great way to recycle old magazines, but it is great a for holiday decor or for wedding decor.

Image courtesy of Amy Atlas

You can spray them in festive colors like the gold and silver above, or do colors that coordinate with your wedding.  And, because I’m a lover of almost all things Martha Stewart, I had to share with you the steps on how to make them!  You can also visit the Martha Stewart site for a video tutorial.

Tools and Materials

Old magazines of any size
Gold, silver, or clear spray paint
Glitter in desired colors
Bone folder (optional)

Magazine Trees How-To:

1. Open magazine and bend to break spine.

2. Fold individual page from top right corner to inside seam. Fold same page from bottom right edge to gutter.

3. Fold bottom triangle of each additional magazine page up, making the bottom of the tree flat. Then, fold top of all pages down to form tree shape.

4. Spray-paint folded tree desired color. Immediately sprinkle glitter over wet paint. Let dry.

Tip: Use a bone folder to smooth paper edges if desired.

Happy Holidays!

(Directions from the Martha Stewart website)


  1. What a great idea! I make bowls from magazines that are really fun, but this is really cool!

  2. landlockedbride
    9:12 am on December 14th, 2009

    @Andrea Oh, how resourceful! Love the idea of using magazines for all sorts of stuff!

  3. What a fabulous idea! I’m embarrassed to admit how many mags I have piled up!

  4. landlockedbride
    2:25 pm on December 14th, 2009

    @Kristin Me too! I tried to go through some last night – it didn’t work very well!

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