Creative Recycled Paper Decor for the Artful Home

I was reminded of the clever recycled paper art Amy Gibson of Colorstory Designs in Tulsa, Oklahoma creates when I came across her vivid feed on Instagram. I first featured her Etsy shop in 2011 and all these years later, Amy continues to think up fresh and appealing ideas for upcycling glossy magazine pages.

Seattle Space Needle composed of rolled strips of magazine pages

Back then she collaborated with her best friend... they had met in 2007 while working for a Seattle architecture firm and soon launched their green business as a way of being creative and having fun together. A few years later the friend moved away to pursue a different job, but their friendship continues.

framed examples of rolled magazine page art

Amy has an eye for design, often selecting the most colorful pages and using them in a multitude of ways to decorate picture frames and mirrors, and make scenic wall art. Despite a wide range of styles, the heart of each piece is true to the shop's original mission... the reuse of simple paper as modern home decor.

round wall mirror with multicolor coiled magazine paper border

Cut paper shadowboxes, candle holders, custom letters, and paper flowers are also on Amy's can-do list, but not always does she coil the pages into slim tubes. Sliced, flat strips make eye-catching backgrounds, as seen on this pretty wall clock.

clock face made of color coordinated magazine page strips

And here she's utilized circles punched from magazine pages to create a jazzy Advent countdown wreath that features small tins that can be refilled year after year.

 Advent wreath with multicolor numberd tins adhered to a wood circle

Do you appreciate art that shows concern for the environment, even if it's just in a very small way? Every little bit helps!

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  1. Particularly like the leaf paper cuts. Gorgeous work!

    1. I love the simplicity of those too, Lisa. Thanks for your comment!


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