Friday, December 16, 2011

Cereal Box Magazine Holder

When I was invited onto pinterest, I immediately felt lost! But once I got the hang of it, I started finding some AMAZING ideas for crafts, DIY projects, and organizing my home! Since I am the mother of three daughters and my husband works, our money is limited. So I started looking up ways to use what I have in my home to organize my life of clutter!

For the past year, I've wanted to buy magazine folders. But the ones that are for sale at the store are way expensive (for the good ones) and I just don't have the extra $40 to $60 to spend on something like that! I cannot justify that with the diapering needs of my daughters! So, all my magazines are either in storage totes or in stacks on my book shelves. And it looks cluttered and messy. 

I decided it was time to change that! I looked up a few sites that showed different ways to make them, but I'm all about throwing myself into a project and finding things out on my own! I looked at some pictures, and started my own project! Since my family is on the WIC program, we get cereal every month. My girls love cereal, so we go through it quickly. I decided to use some of the larger cereal boxes to make magazine holders for my many, many stacks of magazines!

I am a scrapbooker, so I already had all the tools I would need to make one! Here is a list of supplies that will be needed:

1 cereal box, any size, as long as the magazine you want to put into it fits
Pen or pencil and a black marker
Xacto Knife
Glue, any form, I used a glue stick
Scrapbook paper

I started by getting all my tools and box together.

I did not do this for my project, but I do recommend doing this for yours! Measure your magazine. On the side of the box, measure from the bottom of the box up to the point where the top your magazine will be, mark it with your pen or pencil. Make the line across the side of the box. Decide how low you want the smaller end to be where you will see your magazines. For my project, I measured the side of the box, and marked the middle for my cut line. 

I then drew a diagonal line across the front and back of the box connecting the two lines on the side. 

You can either use your Xacto knife or Scissors to cut along the line you have measured and drawn.

Don't forget to cut out the BoxTop!

I picked out a sheet of scrapbook paper that I liked. I measured it to fit the side of the box that will be seen when I put my magazine holder on the shelf. You can put paper over the whole box, but I felt no need for my project. I cut out the section of paper I needed. I cut out a long piece of coordinating scrapbook paper to put my label on.

I used my glue stick and glued the box itself. My paper was too short for the side of the box, so I had to cut the top part off and glue it with a gap in between. I taped the part of the paper that hung over the sides down to the box with my tape.

The long piece of coordinating scrapbooking paper fit perfectly in between where I had to cut my paper. I glued it on and taped the sides of it to the box.

I wrote the name of the magazine and the issue years on the coordinating scrapbooking piece!

 Since I didn't measure my magazine before starting, I have a huge gap between the top of the box and the top of the magazine.

But that's alright, because it looks really nice next to my photo boxes for my girls!

There you go! I am planning on making more as big as my first one so that my shelves look uniform! But I will have different designs on the boxes! I will post a picture of my shelf when I have finished all of my Cereal Box Magazine Holders!

I hope you feel inspired and start making some magazine holders of your own! 

Happy Crafting!


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