This is a great upcycled or recycled project from a cereal box. I used a family size box of Lucky Charms because I’m a high functioning adult who eats a nutritious breakfast on a daily basis, but you can use whatever you’ve got around.
Besides the box, you need duct tape, scissors and a marker. A ruler and X-acto knife will help, but aren’t really needed. As an aside, I like to use two different tapes for this- something plain for the sides and then a pattern or print on the front, but that’s just my personal preference. Also, I don’t label mine because I’m always cutting up and destroying magazines, but you can add labels onto yours if you want.
To start with, use your magazine to determine how high the back should be. You want it to be just a tad bit bigger than the biggest magazine you plan to keep in the box. You also need to decide how high you want the front to come up. I make all of mine about 4 inches so that I can read the name of the magazine, but you can play around and see what works for you.
Cut out strips and overlap them just a tiny bit to cover the entire thing. Wrap the tape down onto the bottom and also tuck the end into the top cut edge. It’s kind of ugly inside but once it’s full of magazines, you won’t be able to tell and it’s really not worth the hassle to cover the inside too.
Once your pattern is lined up, go ahead and stick it on the front and back of the box. Make sure that you trim up your corners so that you can fold the sides down and in easily without and lumps or bubbles.
Then, fill it with magazines and stick it on your shelf! As you can see, I have quite a few of these because I love magazines so much. Like I said, I don’t label mine because I’m always cutting up magazines for different projects so my collection isn’t consistent, but it would be cute to print out little miniature copies of the covers and glue them on to identify what’s in each one.
If you don’t have duct tape or want to try something else, two suggestions I have are to either paint your box, or to collage onto it.
If you do this, I definitely want to see it, so send me a picture on twitter or instagram @techni_moments!
PS: Of course, there’s a video here!