Thursday, May 24, 2012

DIY Magazine Holders

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This DIY magazine holder is made from an empty cereal box.  Taking what would be trash and turning it into an organizational tool, who would have known?


Items to Gather:

  • Empty cereal box (10-1/2" tall work best)
  • Cardstock paper
  • Duck tape
  • Tape or Glue
  • Marker/Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


Step 1: Measure up from the bottom of the box approximately 4", place a mark and then draw a diagonal line to the top of the box on the opposite side.

Step 2: Follow step 1 for the opposite side.

Step 3: Cut the top portion of the box off.

Step 4: Using the box as a template, trace the edges.  

Step 5: Cut out the pieces you traced and tape or glue them onto the box.  Since you will be adhering 2" Duck tape, it is not necessary to have the edges of the paper and the box looking perfect. 

Step 6: With a pencil, create a 1" border around all the edges that will be covered with Duck tape.  This will allow you to keep the tape straight and create an even border. 

Step 7: Last, but not least, place items of your choice into the box and enjoy your handy work!

Other Tips/Suggestions:

At the beginning of the school year, have students bring in their own cereal box to transform into an organizational tool they can use in the classroom.  Allow them to personalize their holder with stickers, drawings or photos.

Have fun expressing your creativity!


  1. Love love this! Can't wait to make my own!!!!

  2. This is awesome, Mandy! Thanks!

  3. I just found your new blog. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to see what else you have coming up.

    Swimming into Second

  4. LOVE this! Gotta go eat more Lucky Charms! :)

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  6. Terrific idea! I'm thinking these would be perfect for Daily 5 Book Boxes. And we eat a TON of cereal at home, so I could probably get a lot done over the summer. :-)
    Thanks so much or sharing!

    Diary of a Sixth Grade Teacher

  7. Thanks soooo much!!!! I'm ready to make my own n have the kids make theirs in August!!!!!

  8. I love to find ways to reuse and recycle! This is perfect!

    Making It As A Middle School Teacher

  9. Thanks for sharing this idea. I literally was searching online to buy 50 magazine holders bc I need a spot foreach kid in my new room. Thank you for sharing this...only thing I wonder is... do you think I could spray paint them insteadof using paper?Just wondering what you thought! I might just have to try it.

  10. We used to get 2 book boxes out of 1 cereal box. You just measure about 2-3 inches down from the top of one side and 2-3 inches up from the opposite side on the bottom and then cut diagonal line and it makes two boxes with a front... Looking for a picture.. Like this but with cereal boxes.

  11. Im definitely going to use this

  12. i made mine out of contact paper, covered not just cereal boxes, for magazines, but also differant sizes and styles, for incoming;outgo mail, notepads, i am going to use velcro dots to piece them together as soon as I have finished the pen//covered can holder to match. they look great!!!! even posted a calendar on one for a quick reference, when i dont have my puter on my lap. Great ideas came out good, im pleased

  13. This is a great idea. All over the web I see colourful duct tape but I never see it in real life :)


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