I confess, I love magazines of all kind–fashion, cooking, scrapbooking, and bridal to name a few. There’s just something about the beautiful, glossy covers and the sleek layouts. I also subscribe to Working Mother and Parenting the Early Years. Nicholas currently receives Legos magazine. They make great gifts.
However, I have a ton of them! I can’t bear the thought of throwing money in the trash or parting with their prettiness so I keep them.
But I know I can’t accumulate them forever. After awhile they turn into clutter. And clutter makes me itch.
I don’t want to display them. For one, I do not have a coffee table. Two, my baby would simply “rearrange” them to his liking! Nor am I going to take the time to cut out articles and put them in a binder. For me that would be the WHOLE thing–cause I really do like them!!!
I’ve been thinking of ways to get maximum use of them:
1.) In my classroom: We are currently working on persuasive arguments and I thought it would be fun to examine the persuasive techniques advertisers use. So I’ll be toting a bag full in for this on Tuesday! When I teach poetry , one of the poems we create a “ransom note” poem using you guessed it–words/letters cut from magazines.
2.) Decor: Some of the photographs are “room worthy” and really look good framed. Framed covers of your favorite fashion magazines would look really chic in a dressing room or large walk-in closet; not that I would know because I have neither.
3.) Donate: Hospitals, Nursing homes, friends–I gave all bridal magazines to a girlfriend getting married in August, and the new nail salon that I go to is desperately needing reading materials.
4.) Art Projects: If you have a crafty personality you can probably get miles out of magazines–collages, scrapbooks, etc.
5.) Props: Roll them up and place in long boots to make them stand upright.
Please feel free to post your ideas below!