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Recycling crafts: Magazine Holder

Updated on December 29, 2013
quick crafts: magazine holder
quick crafts: magazine holder | Source

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!

getting ready to craft!
getting ready to craft! | Source

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)

Glue stick




A hunger for crafting!


Step 1:

Measure 5" up from the bottom of the box on the corner edges. Mark a line on each of the corners.


Step: 2

Using your ruler, draw a line connecting the marks on both long sides and 1 short side, this short side will be your front.


Step 3:

Taking your ruler measure and mark 3" in from the front side of your box on each side.


Step 4:

Take your ruler and draw a line from the 3" line to the back top corner on both sides of the box.


Step 5:

Take your scissors and cut along the lines so that your box looks like this:


Step 6:

Duct tape the bottom seam and sides for durability. You may choose to use masking tape for this step if you prefer.


Step 7:

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.


Step 8:

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.


Step 9:

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.


Step 10:

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.


Step 11:

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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    • prairieprincess profile image

      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      These are awesome! I love to repurpose, and you just gave me another idea. These would be perfect for organizing in the kitchen, too. Thanks for the great idea!

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Yeah, it's even better when you make your own too because, like you said - free -

      You can personalize them to match your own space rather than trying to hunt down one that will work.

      We use them a lot in this house. The kids can get rough on them, but - free & easy to replace, so not a big deal :)

      Thanks for the comment Lipnancy!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      What a cute solution. We used to buy those at work. Never knew that we could make them just as easily and for free.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Glad to be of help with fresh ideas for you btrbell :)

      I'm happy you liked the hub. Thanks for reading & commenting. Have a crafty day!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great ideas! I was, literally just about to throw 2 different size cereal boxes out. May have to rethink that move! Thank you!

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Chitrangada Sharan :) Glad you liked it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's a great creation--making a magazine holder on your own. Well explained and illustrated hub. Thanks for sharing.