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Topic: Tut: Make your own library-style magazine storage boxes (and save $$$)!  (Read 34628 times)
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« on: June 17, 2007 05:16:29 PM »

Hi!

I recently made some magazine storage boxes (like the ones at the library and at Target, which are overpriced  Angry)...

Here's one:




Looks like wood, eh?  Look a little closer...




Nope, not wood.  They're made from some leftover cardboard boxes, construction paper, markers, and, of course, Mod Podge.  Want to make your own?  Gather three small cardboard boxes (book it to your local dumpster or supermarket).  Trace one of your largest magazines on a piece of cardboard.  Then, you can make designs which will embellish your box.  Then, cut out the side of the storage box, and then use this cut-out side as a template to trace and cut another piece of cardboard (to create another side to the storage box).  Next, decide how deep you'd like your storage to be (mine are about four inches deep), and cut three strips with that width to correspond to the height of the side pieces, width of the side pieces, and length of the front of the side pieces.  Then, assemble your box with tape (I use clear packing tape-it's strong!).  If you'd like to decorate your box like mine, here's how:

Take out a few pieces of brown construction paper, two or three brown markers, and a yellow marker.  Draw diagonal stripes along the papers with the markers until you get a darkness of the grain of your liking.  Do this with all of the pieces of construction paper you have (mine required three pieces of construction paper, and is large enough to accommodate a Blueprint magazine).  Then, you will cut the paper into strips, first cut lengthwise a strip, then turn the sheet and cut widthwise with the remainder.  Keep repeating this until you have cut up all of your paper, with various size strips; this will give you two different grains, allowing you to make a wood-like grain.

Now, whip out your Mod Podge and a makeup sponge (the triangular kind), and apply the strips to your box, so that it resembles this:


When you're done, let the glue dry, and then coat with a layer of Mod Podge (the glossy kind makes it look like real wood), and chock it full of magazines!

Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2007 06:25:09 PM »

Wow! Thanks for the instructions!
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007 07:38:08 AM »

You're very welcome!
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007 06:45:24 PM »

Wow, thanks for this tutorial!  I just moved into my house a month ago and all my magazines are still just sitting in a box... plus I have tons of cardboard boxes I need to do something with.  I'm totally going to make some of these.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2007 07:18:45 PM »

One year I made magazine boxes for my dad for father's day because he LOVES reading magazines. My stepmom says he currently has a dozen or so subscriptions!

Anyway, when I did mine, I made them out of cereal boxes. They might not be as sturdy as corregated cardboard, but they were the perfect size, and only required scissors (or a utility knife).

Your idea for the faux wood is awesome. I love how it turned out!
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2007 09:50:24 AM »

I bet this would be great decorated with shelf paper.  I've woodgrain shelf paper in dollar stores - cheap and easy!
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2007 10:25:41 AM »

Certainly!  Right now I'm considering making one and then mod podging it with some fabric...ooooh, I need more cardboard! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2007 03:08:06 PM »

Great idea. Thanks for the tip!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2007 11:21:41 AM »

thats great! it looks like Missoni homeware original!
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2007 12:28:28 PM »

Thank You! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2007 05:33:23 PM »

cool! i tried this idea with a cereal box before also. i really like the curvy design thing you did on the sides.
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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2007 12:22:20 PM »

Those are great, I always use laundry detergent boxes for this...I love recycling!!!! And u r right about the overpricedness of these things..boo Tongue Its more fun to make them tho
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2007 10:01:17 PM »

this a a great idea! I also think the Target ones are quite the rip-off. These a awesome  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2007 02:33:15 AM »

Cool boxes!  I really like the scalloped edges.  Smiley

I've got some similar magazine boxes (not as cool as yours, since I haven't decorated them).  If ya'll want to save some of the cutting and re-sizing, the Priority Mail boxes, as well as the small Fed-Ex and UPS boxes, are perfectly sized for magazines, notebooks and scrapbooking paper.  Use previously used boxes, of course! 
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2007 11:11:08 PM »

You did a great job, I actually thought it was veneer at first.
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« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2007 02:23:19 PM »

This make me want to use boxes now when I go to Aldi's to shop! Our Aldi's tries to hide the boxes before the customers can use them though, for some reason! I may snag a couple boxes to use and cut up for my magazines. My mom gives me her old Woman's Day and Missouri Conservation magazines (I try and make some crafts out of them, and recipes) and having 2 girls in school, when school projects come in, they'll be handy! But, another way to save $$ is go to Aldi's and snag a couple boxes to take home, wish I woulda seen this years ago! Great tutorial!
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« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2007 08:37:34 PM »

I so need to make one of these.
Awesome job!
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« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2007 07:45:04 PM »

this is freakin' awesome! thank you so much for sharing ! i really need this.  did you use the wallpaper headboard template fromt he most recent issue of blueprint for your embellishment?
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« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2007 06:07:43 AM »

did you use the wallpaper headboard template fromt he most recent issue of blueprint for your embellishment?
No, I didn't; I haven't yet seen the newest Blueprint issue.  I'll have to check it out.
I actually scribbled with brown markers on brown construction paper, and cut them into strips.  If you play around with the placement of the strips a little bit, you can get a wood grain-looking pattern. 

Candreya-My thoughts exactly-I got all of my boxes from Aldi's.  Sometimes I go in there and it looks like I'm shopping for boxes, because my cart is loaded with boxes Smiley !  I used the orange juice boxes for this project, because the height of the orange juice boxes is perfect with most standard sized magazines, and you can get that neato looking orange artwork showing through the magaines from the inside.
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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2007 07:46:45 PM »

I bet you could do this pre-sized with FedEx boxes, they are just about the right size and sturdy --- I will have to try with the next one I get.....
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« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2007 03:12:39 PM »

thats really cool! I will definitely use the tute in the future!!!
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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2007 03:49:40 PM »

Oh, my gosh! Thanks so much for posting this. My wife and I have needed to get some of these for our home, but everything is either ugly or overpriced.  Now, I can totally make some killer ones while recycling.
Eee! I'm so excited. Project!  Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2007 10:13:56 PM »

Those are great!  I used to make them out of cereal boxes covered in comics, definitely not as snazzy and stylish as yours!  Saving the tut for future reference.  Great work!
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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2008 01:49:22 AM »

I just stole an empty beer carton off my stepfather and now I have 3 magazine sized holders and one A5 notebook sized holder (i have so many layin around).. out of 1 beer carton! I'm going to cover them in contact instead of paper though (contact = adhesive paper).. unless I want to paint them.. but it can wait til I move house next week, ill use them to pack my magazines in boxes Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2008 09:10:18 AM »

I definitely need to make some of these! I've bought them in the past and they are absolutely overpriced!
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I did something similar, but with a cover of maps, instead of fake wood.

However, I used 'wine boxes' for this. (can contain six bottles of wine)
They are aplenty in the supermarkets around here, they are more sturdy than the cereal boxes, and you can cut them down easily.

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« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2008 01:27:49 PM »

I'm definitely going to do some of those with shelf paper (mactac) or wall paper!
Thanks so much! (and thanks for all the ideas from other craftsters too!!)
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« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2008 11:39:27 PM »

Man this is just what I needed! I have been thinking that some more of these were in order to get me organized.... but I hate having to buy them! Thanks so much! I will post pics when I am sucessful! Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2008 10:12:53 AM »

Cheap and free organization solutions are the stuff of dreams.

I did something similar, but with a cover of maps, instead of fake wood.

I love using maps as decor.  Great idea...
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« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2008 11:02:25 PM »

I'm gonna have to make me some of those.  Thanks for the tut!
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« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2008 06:27:48 PM »

That's really cool. Thanks so much for the tut. I think I'll make some using scrapbook paper instead of doing the fake wood thing.
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« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2008 09:33:08 PM »

Yeah, I'm going to use some scrapbook paper as well. There's some really cool prints at Michael's. I've been looking for a good place to store my mags, since I now subscribe to Relevant, Paste, and Domino.
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thank you! I'm going to be making some of these
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« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2010 08:46:06 PM »

Great project! I just featured it in my blog post on 6 Last-Minute Crafted Gift Ideas (http://jessdoesstuff.blogspot.com/2010/12/6-last-minute-crafted-gift-ideas.html).
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« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2011 11:51:27 AM »

Awsome idea! ~Thanks for sharing!  Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2011 07:50:29 PM »

BOOKMARKED!!!!  I soooooooooooo need to make some of THESE!!!  AWESOME!!!  (and SO pretty!!!) Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: August 02, 2011 08:13:31 AM »

well, I was going to go buy some magazine holders for my clean-up of my craft room...this looks like a much better idea!!

Thanks for the knock in the noggin and the tutorial!  I see some cardboard boxes right outside my office in the mailroom...Cheesy
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 Wow, what a great idea!
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