Most everybody I know has a ton of old magazines lying around their home. These magazines collect dust and take up valuable space. If you want to clean up, you can recycle them, or you can use them to do some pretty cool crafts with your children.When I was clearing out all of my old magazines, I did a little of both, I went through each magazine and tore out pages I thought I’d use in the future, and recycled the rest of the magazine. Just going through the magazines is something you can with your children. When I was going through my magazines, I tore pages out and placed them in a cardboard box, I turned 30 stacks of magazines into two cardboard boxes full of future craft supplies.Once you’re sorted through the magazines and decided what you want to keep, it’s time to get crafting.One thing I really enjoy doing with magazine clippings is making comic books/story books. Writing stories is fun by itself, but using magazine clippings and crayons to illustrate the story is awesome. I usually cut out heads and paste them on bodies I’ve drawn. I also like to use things for the background, trees, cars, houses, animals, etc… No matter what you choose to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time doing it. Try finding pictures first and writing your story to match the pictures.Another fun thing you can do with magazine cut-outs is create a giant collage of pictures you like. This is the easiest way to use up old magazines, due to the sheer volume of pictures you’ll be using. Grab a giant piece of cardboard, some scissors, and a few glue sticks and you’re ready to go. Decide on a theme before you start, or just start pasting pictures wherever you feel like. Half the fun is wondering how it’s going to turn out. Have fun and don’t worry too much if you make a mistake, you can always paste over a picture you don’t like.The final thing I really enjoy doing, is cutting out words and letters and writing notes or telling stories. The best thing about doing this is the fact that it saves a lot of the page for future use as you are usually only cutting a couple words or letters out. Doing this will depend on your child’s reading/writing level, but you can still do this with young children by asking them what they want it to say.No matter what you decide to do with old magazines, the best thing to do is take full advantage of everything they have to offer before you toss them in the recycle bin.
If you love vintage cars and are looking for a project for your spare time, restoration is a very rewarding hobby. Don’t underestimate how much time you’ll need to dedicate to a vintage car restoration project though: if want to do it at all, you should want to do it right.First things first: buying a vintage car for restoration. Choose something that’s not suffering from any serious damage like severe rust. Ideally, you want something that needs a scrub down, some upgrades and a good polish – not something that’s going to grind you down for years.Think about where you’re going to work on your restoration. Do you have a garage or covered outdoor area? Classic cars need love and care, and don’t take living outdoors too well. You’ll also need the appropriate tools and car parts, so it’s best to get some expert advice before you take on a vintage car restoration you may not be equipped to deal with.When you’re looking for car parts for your restoration, try to research the original items so you know exactly what you’re looking for and the condition it should be in. Talk to several vintage car parts dealers to see what is available and what costs you’re looking at. Always check eBay: there are some fantastic deals on car parts out there, and you could bring down the cost of your restoration project. Classic car magazines are good places to find parts for sale as well, and may even have expert restoration tips to get you going.If you’re hoping to sell your vintage car restoration project after you’ve completed it, bear in mind that you may value your car more than others do. After all, you spent time and effort on restoring your car, so it’s easy to be unrealistic. If you bought your vintage car for the right reasons – you wanted an exciting project and you are passionate about vintage car restoration – then you should be happy just to make your money back. Anything on top of that is a bonus.Obviously, there are plenty of classic car restoration experts out there who would be happy to perfect your car – for a price. Although it’s a lot of money to lay out, think about how much more cost- and time-efficient these guys are. Only commit yourself to a classic car restoration project if you’re sure you have the time and money to complete it. Selling your pride and joy incomplete would be a sorry ending for a classic car restoration project well begun.