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I use magazine inserts to give some of my craft projects stability

Approximate Time: 30 minutes


  • paper
  • magazine inserts
  • Letter cutouts
  • glue
  • permanent marker
  • scissors


I am on a tight budget. I have some 4 inch letters that I have cutout for making my greeting cards. But I found the paper was strong enough, so I decided to add some stability to my cutouts and letters by using magazine inserts. Here is how I do it.

First I select a the paper that I want to use. I glue the magazine insert to the back of the paper. Wait about 10 minutes for the paper to dry.


Next, trace your cutout or letter in permanent black marker(or a marker that you can see). Now you are ready to cut out the shape.

This method is not as strong as chipboard, but it does give your project a little more stability and you can also use glue pads to give your project some extra added dimension.

By Georgetta from Waterloo, IA

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September 29, 20080 found this helpful

I have been doing this for years, except I prefer to use cereal boxes because they are stronger. If necessary I even use two layers.

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October 3, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for other uses.With my G.children,I give them;a hole punch,yarn and a plastic needle and they use their imagination.

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October 15, 20080 found this helpful

You can also use the back cardboard from writing tablets, old dead filing folders, and any boxes that had granola bars, sweetener packets, etc.

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