Controlling the quality of life. That's what she said.

Upcycling the heck out of maps & magazines

Whoever says it’s impossible to get around without a car obviously doesn’t live in the Bay. Public transit might take a little while longer, but it’s definitely cheaper and a great alternative if you don’t have a car. Light rail, trains, and bus transfers might get a little annoying, but hey, at least we have a decent public transit system, right? After many years of using public transit, I’ve collected loads of VTA bus and light rail maps, and some CalTrain maps as well. When schedules are updated or lines are altered, you’re left with a useless piece of paper with numbers and lines scribbled all over it. What to do with it? (besides the obvious, recycle it) How about upcycling it? Maybe that piece of paper isn’t so useless after all.

VTA map recycled into a gift bow / QC APPROVED.

I worked the same magic with my endless stacks of Sports Illustrated magazines. Seeing as football players’ faces don’t make ideal gift bows, I sorted through the ads. I also pulled out pages from travel magazines n’ Country Living. Here are some of my finished products thus far.

Magazine pages recycled into gift bows / QC APPROVED.

I hope the photos above have enticed you enough to makes you start wondering how you can make some gift bows of your own. I cannot claim credit for myself as I actually followed a DIY on one of my favorite craft blogs. Just follow this awesome DIY n’ you’ll have amazing-looking gift bows in no time! These bows work well with other materials as well, such as felt, although you’ll need a glue gun (my magical go-to tool). I bet a handful of bows strung together would also make a beautiful garland, but I guess that’s a project for another time. Enjoy!


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