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punka
« on: May 14, 2007 08:09:05 AM »

I was in need of a magazine rack but refused to pay good money on such a simple item. After staring at a cardboard box for a while I came up with this:



and some other angles, with a view of the wood base bottom right:



so if anyone's interested here's my quick how to:



1. Take a standard box, remove top flaps and cut in half down line a

2. On one half, score along line b and fold inwards to create the base.

3. Use a craft knife to cut and remove the blacked out triangles then slice through the edge marked in red

4. Score along the blue lines and fold out. Then take the other half of the box and place it edge down in between the blue folds.

5. Tape and glue the thing till you think it won't budge and find something heavy to stick into the base for stability (I had the base from a CD rack hanging round). I ended up sticking extra card over most of the base to cover joins on the box and prevent crumple.

Still need to think of ideas to decorate it - certainly gonna trim down the top edges so they look more attractive and prevent them flapping around.

Hope you like!
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MnkyMama
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2007 08:27:52 AM »

great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007 07:48:28 AM »

I like this idea. the shape is really modern and functional. I'd cover it with scrapbook paper that matches my living room, or decoupage it with old magazine pages.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007 10:02:57 AM »

That is a delightful idea! I would cover it with pages ripped out of magazines, to go with my odd decor.
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007 08:53:18 PM »

Clever!
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ChildhoodLover
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2007 11:34:43 AM »

coooooooooooool do u think it'll still hold if ya put a lot of heavy magazines in it?!?!
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punka
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2007 08:34:49 AM »

Thanks Childhoodlover,

Yeah I did end up reinforcing the top section with quite a lot more cardboard... on reflection, if you used two boxes (either identical or one slightly smaller than the other) you could double up from the beginning and safe all the extra taping up I did.

But 6 months on it's still good and holding not only magazines but quite a number of chunky crochet books quite happily
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2007 08:46:14 AM »

Cardboard is awesome for building. I made a trashcan 7 years ago out of a cardboard box and it is still holding up. The secret is good old strip paper mache. Once you get a couple of layers on the cardboard, you can do anything to decorate it. My trashcan looks like red leather.
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sunnymoody
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2007 05:28:44 PM »

This so rocks!! I'm going to do it tonight! I'm going to decoupage it tomorrow(hopefully) if my boys let me. Smiley
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