DIY – Recycled Magazine Trash Can

What do you do with your old magazines you already read? Recycled Magazine Trash CanRecycled Magazine Trash Can

Instead of trashing them, Mark Montano made a bathroom trash can out of his old magazines.

You can get a detailed how-to guide in his Big-Ass Book of Crafts, but you basically coil strips of paper together & use hot glue to hold the coils together. The bottom part is one big disk with a bead of hot glue to fill in the center hole.

Thanks Mark for sharing your eco-crafts.

23 Comments on “DIY – Recycled Magazine Trash Can”

  • Brandon May 13th, 2010 1:21 pm

    Wow, what a sweet idea! I’m in favor of reusing things, and this trash can looks cool, and it reduces waste. However, I find it ironic that you will be using this to collect trash.

  • Bob May 16th, 2010 10:46 am

    Cool! I wonder if this idea can be used in a different way.

  • Judy May 16th, 2010 1:16 pm

    Well that trashcan is cute.

    I just leave mine at the oil change place, the car dealer, the doctor’s office and I sometimes take them to nursing homes…

  • Glass Bottles May 17th, 2010 7:53 am

    This is an awesome way to get rid of old magazines, looks like it might take some time, but if you have someone who loves crafts, they are in business!

  • Fern Ecotel June 4th, 2010 7:17 am

    We would love to have children of our staff as well as those of our guests to make these and use in our Hotel itself. Since we are an Eco-friendly Hotel, such an initiative would surely make a huge difference to the environment one page at a time :)

  • Linda June 4th, 2010 3:55 pm

    I was at Bay Area last week and i saw a green store was selling it. The price was decent but I like the creativity.

  • Eco Tech Solutions June 29th, 2010 8:14 pm

    It really is amazing what a bit of eco friendly creativity and ingenuity can do to better our world. great post!

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  • Christa August 13th, 2010 10:46 am

    What happens if it gets wet?

  • Carin Lynn August 16th, 2010 8:16 am

    Christa…it’s paper. I’m sure it would turn into a soggy mess if you got it wet. I don’t recommend it.

  • Shannon January 2nd, 2011 2:41 pm

    this is really cool :) I am inspired to make one too

  • Gary March 3rd, 2011 2:02 pm

    My first impression was – Hey, pretty cool! Then I began to think of all the glue, the electricity for the glue gun, the fact that it could be a fire hazard, and how only one or two magazines could be used this way. Sorry, but it is not that attractive to me. End result – it’s cool, but not that cool. I like Judy’s idea – take them and share them with others. We cut our address off magazines and donate them to the local library. Share the articles! Share the knowledge!

  • Carolina March 12th, 2011 4:33 pm

    You could seal it with some Mod Podge for furniture so you wouldn’t have to worry about it getting wet.

  • Andrew Cheng March 24th, 2011 6:27 am

    That’s very true, paper and water just doesn’t mix well, especially in the bathroom. Why not move the trashcan somewhere dry? I would put this in the office where most of the waste is paper itself.

    For the bathroom, why not make a similar trashcan out of plastic bottles? Maybe someone can get their creative juices going and come up with a design!

  • plumbing May 7th, 2011 7:26 am

    This is a very nice way of recycling. Good job! But I suggest not to use it in the bathroom since it is made up of paper and cannot be wet.

  • carpet cleaning Melbourne September 28th, 2011 10:07 pm

    could you provide more advantages of the magazine trash! i am doing a school assessment task and need some more impacts inwhich the fibre has on society community and evironment!

  • Amy December 29th, 2011 10:01 am

    cool idea! i’m in progress of making it right now.

  • Dani January 30th, 2012 11:12 am

    IM TOTALLY DOING THIS IN ART CLASS AND ITS ONE OF THE FUNNEST ART PROJECTS YET. We got to pick out our own projects for recycling and i found this one.. Its amazing. (:

  • Priscilla February 25th, 2012 8:51 pm

    It would be the perfect magazine, yarn, mail,…holder! – Not trash!

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  • Performance Coach April 3rd, 2012 2:40 am

    Great ideas as always! I love the idea of this paper trash can. Keep on posting more useful projects.

  • asphalt melbourne April 12th, 2012 1:48 am

    Oh that was so cute but then I guess it takes a lot of patience and magazines to complete it. LOL!

  • Connie April 25th, 2012 9:37 am

    It will be used for paper trash, NOT wet trash, or garbage. Cool idea!

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