Sunday, June 14, 2015

Easy DIY Magazine or File Holder



These magazine or file holders are very easy to make and are made from simple materials. The bigger one is made from illustration board and the two small ones are made from a cereal box. This project is very useful not just for organizing magazines but also for the kids' coloring books, activity books or other files.  I'm using mine for organizing paper supplies.

I'll show you how I made the magazine holder from a cereal box first. My brand of cereal doesn't have the really big boxes like the others that could fit a magazine, so it's great if your cereal boxes are big enough for magazines, this project will be easy-peasy for you. The box I have is just 7.5" x 2" x 11" and it couldn't hold my scrapbook paper stash so it's just for my notebooks, photo paper, and other smaller stuff. 


The picture above shows some options on how to cut your cereal box to make this project. Just remove the top flaps of your box, mark and line on where you should cut, and cut it using a craft knife or scissors. Then, have fun decorating, you can use wrapping paper, stickers, or washi tape.


As I've mentioned earlier, my box is a bit small and it's just for small stuff like notebooks, so this is what I did. I cut my box in half as shown in this picture so I was able to make two small holders.


First, I closed the top flaps back and secured them with glue, so that would be the bottom of one of the holders. 


I did a little measuring then mark and line the box on where to cut and used my craft knife to cut the box in half. 



Then, there are two pieces ready to be covered. I just used scrapbook paper and glue to wrap them.


And, done. My notebook and small paper supplies are now neatly organized which is better than when they're piled up on top of each other.

Now, on to my copy paper, card stock, art paper, and scrapbook paper pile. Since I don't have a cereal box big enough to hold them, I just used illustration board to make the holder instead.

I have this 20" x 30" illustration board I bought for only Php 37 (less than $1) that I was planning to use for another wall art, but I decided to use it on this project instead, I'm still waiting for some supplies to make that wall art, anyway.


I cut the board based on the paper sizes I have which are mostly A4, so before the diagonal cut out design, the sides are 9" x 12" and the width of the box is 4".


I just used a regular white glue to stick the parts together and let it dry for quite a while maybe more than an hour or two since I used a generous amount of glue to make sure that every part is secure. 


When the glue's dry and the box looks sturdy to be worked on, I decoupaged it with small pieces of scrapbook paper using Mod Podge. I have lots of these 1"x1" pieces of paper because before throwing away small cut outs from a finished project or a scrap piece of paper, I always check if there's still a big enough  piece I can save. I only throw away tiny pieces and strips that couldn't make out a one inch square. 


After adhering the squares on the box and finishing up with a coat of Mod Podge on top, my file holder is ready. I also tried putting some magazines and they fit well on this size of box.


Now, everything form the biggest size of paper to the smallest one in my craft area seems to be in order. As of this writing, I'm actually still in the process of making organizers and boxes to keep everything neat and keep attractive and colorful things from my daughter's sight. Every time she comes here in my craft area, she likes getting her hands on anything she thinks she can play with, that's why I always make sure that anything breakable and sharp is far from her reach, but sometimes I let her play with balls of yarn and choose the color she likes.

Till next time. Thanks for visiting. 






24 comments:

  1. So crafty! I like this idea! This will be useful when my daughter goes to school na.

    Xoxo
    MrsMartinez

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And you can choose your own design pa. Thank you.

      Delete
  2. Very nice! Ang galing naman mag DIY. Ako talaga, wala ata sa akin yang ganyang talent eh hahaha! AThanks for sharing. At least may idea na ako kung paano gumawa nyan. =)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oo, madali lang di ba, parang naglalaro lang, haha. Thanks.

      Delete
  3. Another great blog/craft. Imma do this right now. Will tag you in my post. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I saw your finished projects. I love them. Yun yung gusto ko, yung malalaking boxes, sakto sa magazines no.

      Delete
  4. This is nice. No need to buy, environment-friendly too because you just recycled a box. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. Oh, I love recycling.

      Delete
  5. I think I'll ask my youngest daughter to do this project with me. We'll both enjoy it and we'll have just the right file holders which we badly need in our home.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's great, you and your daughter will enjoy making your own designs.

      Delete
  6. you na. haha! seriously, one of my faves, been planning to get a couple of these, maybe ill just make them instead. with my choice of graphics pa! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. That's what I like about DIY, you can always do it your way.

      Delete
  7. I have done something like this before, but not as pretty as yours. You are so good as this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. Having the right materials is the key, nadadala sa design at wrapping paper na ginamit, haha.

      Delete
  8. How cool! Are the cereal boxes sturdy enough to hold books (heavy ones?)
    Awesome! I wish I can be crafty like you are

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If the books will be leaning on one side, I think it will be wobbly, but if the box is full from side to side and the books are standing on their own, it's good. Thank you!

      Delete
  9. I've been itching to buy from stores, but thanks for this post, i'll make a diy instead! Thank you! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Go for it and enjoy! Thank you.

      Delete
  10. This is a great idea! My daughter will love this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. She'll enjoy designing it with whatever graphics she wants, too.

      Delete
  11. We used to do this all the time! Ang neat ng idea no? But unfortunately, cereal boxes are not the sturdiest of materials. We could've just bought illustration boards like what you did, but we needed many so we just bought ready made ones.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, and easy to make, too. Tama, pag heavy books, mas ok na hindi nakasandal sa one side, natutumba, dapat nakatayo pa rin yung books.

      Delete
  12. Galing and ang Ganda! DIY file holder! How I wish ganyan rin ako ka creative para naman mas tipid and ikaw mismo ang magdedesign ng gusto mo. M

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Tama, fraction of the cost talaga ng store bought tapos enjoy din sa paggawa.

      Delete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...