Hi everyone! I found another recycled art project to try. This recycled magazine footstool is a cute one! The magazine footstools I’ve seen on the internet are made using stacked magazines. I’m fashioning my own little stool with my own style. I ordered one digital (online) magazine and then I started receiving all of these paper magazines in the mail. Because I am a recycling artist/crafter I just couldn’t bring myself to just throw them away. So, I got a container and after thumbing through and collecting whatever seemed useful from the magazines they were put away in the container to be reused. You would be so surprised at how fast the paper magazines accumulated. I was getting overwhelmed with them so I decided it was time to do something with them.
Through my research I discovered that paper takes a lot longer than other organic waste to biodegrade. Paper also takes up a great deal of space in the landfills. That of course takes up the space that could be used for other unrecyclable trash. I try to craft things that are recycled/upcycled to create something that is continually reusable. We really need to take our recycling seriously!
- Pink shoe breast cancer awareness fabric (or left over fabric you have on hand)
- Black spray paint glossy
- Caulk (any will do)
- Rubber bands (large)
- Slip Ties/Zip Ties (large)
- Hard Cardboard tube (you can upcycle them from hardware stores, carpet/flooring roll centers)
- Foam or other Padding for the cushion
- Wood Glue or Gorilla Glue
- A belt in a coordinating color (optional)
- 2 Plywood circles 12″ in diameter
- Staple Gun (optional)
- First roll up all of the magazines and use two slip ties/zip ties to secure each of them.
- Next place one of the rolled magazines next to the cardboard tube and placed a mark even to the top of the magazine. Do this again on the three other sides. Use a piece of paper or slap ruler to measure and mark the height with a line all the way around.
- Use a hacksaw to cut the cardboard tube at the line that was marked in the last step.
- Caulk the first row of magazines to the paper tube and secure it with rubber bands. Once caulk is set, remove rubber bands.
- Continue this process until you complete three tight rows of magazines around the paper tube.
- Next center the cluster of magazines and the paper tube over one of the plywood circles. Once you are satisfied with your placement use the wood glue to attach it the plywood circle.
- While that part is drying use the other plywood circle to trace and cut the foam/padding to construct the top of the stool.
- Cut the fabric with 2-3 inches larger than the circle plywood.
- Glue the padding to the plywood. After glue has set place padding side facedown onto fabric. Center, then pull fabric taut and secure
onto underside with either monkey glue or using a staple gun.
- Spray paint the books and the lower plywood circle.
- After the paint has thoroughly dried adhered the completed top onto the footstool with caulk.
- This is when you put the belt around the books of the stool in a color that matches the top fabric and pulls it all together.
You should really enjoy your magazine masterpiece!