Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DIY Magazine Holders

So this is what the bottom shelf of my cookbook rack looked like:

Pretty sad, I know. The shelf isn't tall enough for the magazines to stand up on, I can't lean them on the top shelf because there's no sides to support the flimsy magazines. So I had an idea. One that plenty of people have done before. So this isn't anything original. But I thought I'd share it anyways.

I took a box my dad had gotten when he ordered something recently.

See perfect size for my cooking magazines. Modeling for me is my most recent Taste of Home I got in yesterday :)

First I taped the flaps together. I also peeled off the shipping label and pulled some of the cardboard with it. Whoops.

I measured 5 inches down and marked those spots. I drew a line across the front and an angled line from the back corner to the mark on each side. Then I used a box cutter and cut the top and angled down the sides.

I hot glued the bottom flaps to the inside. I decided to leave them for extra stability. You know how cardboard has that funny inside? All hollow? I ran a strip of hot glue down the top of the cut part and smoothed it before it dried with a scrap piece of cardboard. This picture is kinda blurry... but you can see the flaps and the glue (sorta).

Then I spray painted the inside and the edges black. It took a little while because the fog of the paint would run me off. That stuff smells gross and I didn't want it getting all over me. See, nice and even now :)

Then I mod-podged some scrapbook paper to the sides, measuring carefully to make it fit. It worked perfectly because the box was just under 12 inches. I went with a black, white, and grey theme. The whole thing got a nice coat of mod-podge :)

I liked how it turned out so much I made another. And I had so many magazines I needed it. And I just so happened to have an extra box.

I had to move it to the top shelf, but they don't fall over or anything. It's much more attractive than that mess before!




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Silent Princess said...

sure ur magazine holder is "not so homemade"... Love this one!!! great tut

the cape on the corner said...

looks great! i seriously need to do something like this. i think i've also seen people use cereal boxes, but i imagine this is much sturdier. thanks for sharing this!

this blessed nest said...

great idea! i have mags everywhere in this house. i'm inspired from your post.

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Jess said...

This is just an amazing idea I have so many mags all around the hous i don't want to through away, i just didn't know where to put them, but thanks to you know i can.

Krista said...

I am a magazine junkie so this is an awesome idea! Thanks!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

What a cute & simple idea! Love that it can easily be done with things you have around the house.

Young and Crafty said...

OMG how creative! I could use this for my recipes books and stuff to. You sure made a cardboard box look great!

Thanks for linking up to Scraptastic Saturday!

Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Young and Crafty said...

BTW, what is your email address? I have a question for you!

Hannah @ youngancrafty@gmail.com

Jessica said...

Wow! I love how you recycled and re-used the box! Nice job! :)

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

So creative that looks great!

RE Ausetkmt said...

wow courtney. that's exactly what I was looking for. you are a great crafter. thanks.

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Chris said...

Such a super idea, and well executed. I need to make some of these to corral my patterns!

Sassy Sites! said...

I love it!!! Great choices on scrapbook paper too! :) Did you know my favorite word in the english language is... organize! :) It makes me happy just thinking about it! Your magazines look so great and neatly organized! Great job!!

AmieAnn said...

This is adorable! Love the transformation of the cardboard box. Magazine storage is soo important to me! Check out my magazine storage @ www.pinkapotamus.blogspot.com
Stopping by from Sassy sites

Bella said...

Not bad at all, I think this is super sturdy, which is good, real good with al those magazines. It turned out really nice, and I like the colors you choose. also lucky you to have another box, score!!! THANK you for linking up, I'm headed over to join your SPOTLIGHT sunday party right now. Thanks girl!!! Bella :)

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Those will be so helpful, you will find yourself getting a lot more done now that you can find your magazines and recipes! They turned out cute too. Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree! I hope you'll come back next week and link up again!

Leanne said...

Great job on organizing and recycling. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday until Saturday and would love for you to join the party. There's a great giveaway too. Hope to see you there.

Jessica said...

I'm totally making one of these for my card stock :)

Scrappy Gifts said...

Great job and way affordable to make that! Cool color scheme too! Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

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