If your family is anything like mine then you likely have some comic books laying around the house that the children have accidentally ripped so its no longer worth keeping after its been read, or someone bought two of the same comic and you don’t really need to copies. Because of this we often find ourselves having to put comic books in the recycling bin. Every once in a while though, we try to find ways to up-cycle the comics so they’ll be useful again, and so the artwork doesn’t go to waste.
Most any craft that calls for magazines, you can substitute comic books. For some seasonal fun, we like to make Christmas tree ornaments out of the comics that would be otherwise bound for the recycling center.
Cut 5 rectangles of equal width. Vary the length: two longest, two medium, one shortest. Layer the rectangles in the order: long, medium, short, medium, long and staple the ends of each rectangle together. Because of length differences, the rectangles on the outside will bow out and around when stapled to the end of the short rectangle in the middle. Use needle and thread to add a loop to the top and hang on the tree.
Cut 6-12 same size circles and fold each in half. Use double sided tape to adhere one folded circle to another until all have been added. Tape the sides of the first circle and the last circle together. The middle circles should all fan out when this last step is completed. Use needle and thread to add a loop to the top and hang on the tree.
Cut 12-14 rectangles, same size. Stack rectangles in a neat pile and staple together in the middle. Add a small piece of double sided tape to end of one of the rectangles and roll it down on to itself. One by one continue to do this to each end until all are completed. When finished it should resemble a flower with many petals. Use needle and thread to add a loop to the top and hang it on the Christmas tree.