Recycling crafts: Magazine Holder
get organized with recycling!
One of the best uses for recycled items is when it helps us get (or stay) organized. It's wonderful that we can turn otherwise "trash" into useful items around the home. This nice little number has many uses. Not only can you store magazines in it, but by using different sized boxes you can create a place to keep your recipe cards, mail, children's flashcards, books, coloring books, CD's, DVD's, and more! All you need is a little time & a few supplies. You'll be organizing your home while doing your part to help the environment. Sweet!
What you'll need:
1 cardboard box
wrapping paper, colored construction paper (or leave it "as it")
Duct tape or masking tape
Scotch tape (optional)
A hunger for crafting!
Measure 5" up from the bottom of the box on the corner edges. Mark a line on each of the corners.
Using your ruler, draw a line connecting the marks on both long sides and 1 short side, this short side will be your front.
Taking your ruler measure and mark 3" in from the front side of your box on each side.
Take your ruler and draw a line from the 3" line to the back top corner on both sides of the box.
Take your scissors and cut along the lines so that your box looks like this:
Duct tape the bottom seam and sides for durability. You may choose to use masking tape for this step if you prefer.
Wrap your box as you would a gift. First measure to ensure you have enough paper to cover it completely with some overlap, then use your glue stick to cover the all sides of the box and reapply the paper. Smooth out any wrinkles.
(I apologize for my wrinkled paper)
While wrapping, be sure to seal the bottom of your magazine holder while leaving the top end open and unwrapped.
Cut down from the top of the wrapping paper to the corners of the cardboard.
Fold in the front and back sections, making a crease first, then gluing the paper down on the inside of the box.
Take the oddly shaped flap of paper and press it into place to make a crease. This will be the new mark for where you will cut the side angled edge.
place glue on the final flap and press it against the inside of the box.
At this point you can also trace the sides of your box to create an exact measurement for an interior covering (if you don't want any cardboard showing inside or out). Glue in place.
Now you're ready to collect the magazines you wish to store in your new magazine holder!
Congratulations, you did great!
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