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Topic: Tut: Make your own library-style magazine storage boxes (and save $$$)!  (Read 32782 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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