Here are two projects I made using old magazines. I have about 5 magazines coming to my house every month right now (I'm not even sure how that happened) so I am needing to recycle and throw them out faster than I usually do.
Project one: Butterfly collage for the half bath down stairs. It will be in the same bathroom as this magazine project.I used foam board, paint, mod podge, and hot glue. I don't know why i thought of this because I'm not a huge butterfly fan, but I just went with it. I don't know if you can tell but some of the butterflies are actually in "3D". For these, I folded the butterflies in half, put a strip of hot glue on the foam board, then, while still folded, I placed the butterfly in the hot glue. This made it "flap". The only thing I would do differently is not choosing the foam board. I didn't realize it would crinkle so much after I painted it. My suggestion: get your 40% off coupon and go buy a canvas.
Project #2: Mother's Day cards. This idea actually came out of project #1 in that I cut out ENTIRELY too many butterflies. And though I'm seriously not into making cards I found this pack of 20 at Micheal's for less than $2 and I just had to bite. The stamps I found at A.C. Moore for $1. It was a little tedious but I'm really happy with how they turned out. And I've been hearing from some of the mom's I sent them to that they really appreciated a homemade card. Total on these cards: $3. Total normally spent on Mother's Day Cards: about $8. Disclaimer: Card making will not become a habit of mine :)
I hope you inspired to recycle those magazines. I would love to hear of any other magazine projects you've tried.