Tuesday, December 8

GTT - Guest Blogger - Upcycled Magazine Tree

Happy Holidays everyone!

This month in my weekly post of Green Tip Tuesday there will be a featured Green Blogger. Each week you will get tips, green tips, that you can try out this holiday season. Each year the average American will spend up to $800 just on gifts alone! This time of the year is also when electricity usage goes up. Hopefully when you read these tips you will think twice and try something different this year. Last week I challenged you not to buy any new decorations. How have you done? We haven't done any... my daughter and I started our home-made ornaments and we will be using our christmas lights from last year (LED).

So, our first guest blogger is Calley from The Eco Chic. I have been reading her blog for about a year now. Before then I really didn't read blogs. But when I found out we were pregnant with our second baby my "Green-ness" went up and wanted to learn more about our options. I loved the post she wrote, I hope you enjoy it to.


Title: How to Make Upcycled Magazine Tree Decorations

How many of these fill your mailbox each day; especially during the holidays? This stack was from two days last week! I usually put them directly into the recycle bin but around the holidays it is kinda fun to ‘window shop.’

According to the EPA, the average American produces 4.6 lbs of waste each day. I think those numbers can surely be higher during the holidays. Instead of recycling the magazines and sale flyers I started decorating with them around the house. I wish I could take credit for the idea but I saw it on a blog last year (too bad I can’t remember where I saw it). Nonetheless, I am passing the idea on to you.

How to Make Upcycled Magazine Tree Decorations

What you will need:
-Sale flyers, magazines, etc. Any size or thickness will work. The thicker the magazine the fuller the tree.
-Optional: Paints, glitter, confetti, and anything else you choose to decorate your tree with.


Step One – Start by opening the magazine and making the following folds. A total of three folds are needed for each page.

Step Two – Continue to fold each page of the magazine with the above steps until you reach the end of the magazine. Fold the front and back cover pages the same way.

Step 3 – (Optional) At this time you can paint or decorate your tree any way you like. I prefer to keep the pages as they are but it look great with a coat of spray glitter and topped with a star.

Step 4 – Place your completed tree anywhere you like and enjoy! This project can take as little as 10 minutes to complete and each tree will look different.

I plan on adding a few strands of lights to the mantle along with some greenery to make it a little more festive.

How do you reuse items in your home? How can you use the following items to create a festive table display? A soup can, a yogurt cut, or a cereal box?


You can read more ideas on reuse and upcycling at The Eco Chic blog. Calley is a wife and mother of two children (6yo, 11mo) who shares her journey on reducing her families’ environmental footprint. She regularly writes about cloth diapering, recycling, upcycling and holds some great reviews and giveaways of eco-friendly products.

Thanks Calley so much for showing us how to do these awesome decorations. Let me tell you, I have tons of magazines. I recycle a few of them, but I always keep some on hand when I come across great uses for them. Thanks for sharing!

I would like to invite everyone over to Calley's blog, The Eco Chic and read some of the great tips, reviews and her giveaways, She's currently holding Eco Holiday Gift Guide Giveaways, so that you can become more informed about what new products are out there! You can also help Calley spread the word to others by grabbing her button on the side of her blog so others can read her blog posts as well.

Once again, if you have a Green Tip that you would like to share with my readers please feel free to click on Contact at the top right of my blog or you can always leave me a comment or stumble with your comments or suggestions.

Have a "Green" Holiday!


  1. Thanks so much CJ! It has been so much fun to be a Guest Blogger! I might have to do this more often!

  2. http://www.theecochic.com/2009/12/08/how-to-make-upcycled-magazine-christmas-trees/

  3. What a cool idea!!! If I had a spare spot in my house I might give it a try but at the moment my house is a disaster area

  4. I love Calley! I may have to make some of these.

    Also thanks for joining in on the carnival!


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