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DIY Crafts: Cereal Box Magazine Holder

Updated on February 23, 2014

Materials

Cereal box - Make sure you have one that's wide enough to store your magazines! The Rice Krispies box I used was a little narrow, but it fits composition notebooks nicely!

Fabric/decorative paper - This is for covering the outsides of the box, so make sure you have enough! I used about a 1.5'x2' piece of fabric.

Lining - Choose a paper to use for your lining - I used three 8.5"x11" sheets.

Stapler - This is the easiest way to put it all in place... Hot glue gun works too!

Scissors

Ribbon/double stick tape - I didn't plan on using this at first, but in the end I decided it looked better to cover up the staples. I used it to line the opening of the box!

Step 1: Outlining and Cutting

Using a pen, draw an outline on your box for how large you want the opening to be. I cut mine to open about 4 inches up from the bottom.

Make sure your outline is even on all sides! It's best to use a straightedge or ruler to make sure you've measured correctly.

Once you're sure everything is symmetrical, get your scissors and start cutting!

Step 2: Cutting the Liner

Using the sides of your cereal box as a template, cut out your liner so it will fit right inside! I used two different shades of purple to line the box, and only three sheets of paper total. Make sure you line the whole inside - back, bottom, front, and sides!

You can staple these in now if you want, but I decided to staple it at the same time as my fabric.

Step 3: Cutting the Fabric

So you can do this the mathematical way, or the bum way. I chose the bum way. Basically, I laid the box down on the fabric and guesstimated how much I'd need. Once I'd cut a big chunk, I shaped it to the cereal box, leaving an inch or so extra on each side.

Once it was cut out, it looked like a little volcano with a shack on the side.

Step 4: Stapling

This was the most time consuming part. I started with the slant on the right side of the box - lining up its edge about an inch away from the edge of the fabric. Then, I folded the fabric over and stapled all the way up.

Next, I flipped the box over, pulled the fabric tight, and stapled the slant on the left side.

It took a little maneuvering and trimming, but I managed to staple the top section as well. Make sure you're pulling everything tight, so the fabric doesn't ripple! When you get to a corner, fold it nicely like you would a present.

Once the top was done, I stapled the bottom, the same way, as well as the seam where the two edges of the fabric met.

Stapling the bottom is a different story. You'll have to swing your stapler open and use it the way teachers do on bulletin boards. The easiest way to do this is to put one hand on the inside of the box, just to give it some support, and push the stapler with your other hand. Don't stab yourself. Then, just fold the ends of the staple over to make sure it stays in place.

The bottom of mine was really rough, so I'm not going to include a picture of it... Just imagine you're wrapping a present, and instead of using tape, you're using staples! It shouldn't be a problem, but I'm awful at wrapping gifts.

Step 5: Perfecting

I didn't really like the look of the staples, but if that doesn't bother you then you can stop now! If you're like me, you may want to grab some ribbon. I used this sheer stuff that i picked up at the Dollar Tree, and some double stick tape. Simply apply the double stick tape around the opening of the box, and line it with ribbon.

Display and More Crafts!

Throw your stacks of magazines in, or use it for notebook organization! If you have an excess of printer paper or loose leaf paper, you can use it for those too. Actually, why not make a few, and have all of your papery bits organized?!

Hopefully you enjoyed this craft - so check out some of my other stuff! If you didn't, well, still take a look! You may find something that you'll fancy.

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      Emma Lindhagen 3 years ago from Stockholm, Sweden

      You know, that's actually pretty clever! I never would've thought of using a cereal box for that. Too bad I don't eat cereal, though, haha! By the way, I like that many of your tips are so frugal.

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      Alex Rose 3 years ago from Virginia

      Yay! Glad you like it! I'm so cheap haha. I hate buying stuff!! I didn't even buy the cereal, my sister did when she came into town. AND my grandparents gave me the fabric a few years ago at christmas... I made a skirt, but wasn't sure how to use any more of it!

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      Emma Lindhagen 3 years ago from Stockholm, Sweden

      Nah, cheap would be just using the cereal box on its own. This is creative!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Such a classic project! Thanks for the detailed instructions. I love that there are so many possibilities for customization.

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