Pinterest freaks, you’re in a for a real treat today. We have a great DIY home decor tutorial from Brittany, who blogs at Mommy Words and Tip Top Nest. She is here to show you an amazingly easy way to take old cereal boxes and convert them into stylish storage items!
I have magazines, coloring books, kids school papers, medical forms and other paper all over my house. I found a way to organize almost anything by making my own storage from cereal boxes. Now, for just a few bucks and about an hour, I can store all those papers and more using empty cereal boxes and some fun paper.
Supplies you will need:
Large Cereal Boxes (I used the 1 pound boxes)
Mod Podge for paper. I used matte finish.
Adorable paper. I used scrapbook paper but you could use wrapping paper or any other great looking paper you might have. You will need 3 sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper. You can either choose 3 sheets of the same or choose a different pattern for your spine. I have shown examples of both. I think the contrasting papers look great.
I like to purchase the paper packs at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and use the always present 40% off coupon (you can use your phone and they scan it). With the packs you will have a whole set of coordinating papers and can make a great set of magazine holders for a shelf that are not identical. Just one tip here – darker colors work better for hiding the cereal box. On my box with the white background I can see some of the cereal box if I look closely.
Packing Tape (optional)
Essentially this is all just a little cutting, gluing and folding. It is cheap and easy and the kids can help too. Who doesn’t love cutting and glue?
Cut the top flaps off your box.
I like to use packing tape on the bottom seam just to be safe, but I have done without and never had problems. Now trace the shape you want for your magazine folder. You can use a magazine holder you already have as a template or easily just draw a line. Here is the guideline. You want at least 5 inches at the bottom and 3 inches at the top to hold your magazines securely. Your total height should be at least 11 inches. You can use a curved shape as shown below or a straight edge. For a straight edge simply start at you height and draw a line across at least 3 inches. Then make a mark up at least 5 inches from the bottom. Use a straight edge and connect the two lines. Easy! The paper will be able to fold over either shape, but the straight box is a little easier.
Once you have your basic shape, paint a layer of Mod Podge on the box and lay your paper on top of the glue. When using 12×12 scrapbook paper, I lay the paper on the box and smooth the surface with my hand. I find I get the smoothest surface from laying the box down and smoothing from the inside and pressing down. Mod Podge has a little give at first so you will be able to move the paper around before the glue sets. I glue the entire page down, let it set and then cut my border. You want to leave enough on the shorter end so that when you do the other side the pieces will meet. On the long side you will have space. That’s fine. You can see in the picture below that I have left about 1/4 inch on the diagonal and top but a little more than an inch on the short side.
Adjust the Corners
To fold the corners simply use your scissors to cut a slit right at the corner and fold both pieces in. Mod Podge all the edges as you fold them in. I don’t worry about the entire inside but I do want a nice folded over edge. For the curved edge, I needed a slit right at the center of the curve to make the paper lay flat. Wherever you need a little cut, go for it. It will still look great. Once you have the first side just do it again on the other side. You can see that the long side has an empty strip and the short side is complete. Mod Podge all the seams and they will dry completely clear.
Complete the box side.
Measure your box side and choose the width of your strip. Cut the strip and Mod Podge it on, folding over at the top and bottom. It looks best to have a strip that is smaller than the total width so that your corners are totally smooth. As long as you have a simple pattern or are using a different pattern for your strip, this will look really nice. Cover your entire magazine holder with another layer of Mod Podge. It is not only a glue but a sealer. It will look a little lumpy at first, but it should not dry this way. When your magazine holder is dry it will be smooth and ready for your magazines and, in my case, dozens of coloring books!
Once you have this easy project done, you will be saving all those boxes and containers like I do. My son got a cowboy themed treasure bin (to store things on his bookshelf) from a fruit snack package and I made a kitchen bin to store chargers and other stuff. I have dozens of bins made from grocery containers that are super cute and very cheap. The best part is you can get whatever look you want!
I hope you like these as much as we do and find lots of new uses for old boxes!
More From Our How To Series
Check out some of the posts our SITStahs have published previously!
- How To Survive Your Toddler’s Temper Tantrums
- How to Live Your Best Life
- How to Live In The Moment
- How to Plan Your Meals in Only 15 Minutes Per Week
- How to Shop Online
- How To Make A No-Wood, No-Sew Growth Chart
- How to Make DIY Canvas Art with Photos
- How To Make a DIY Hair Bow Holder
About the Author
Brittany loves nothing more than being mom to her 3 kids 5 and under, but any crafty or home project run a very close second. She blogs about motherhood and crafty stuff at Mommy Words and recently started Tip Top Nest to share her love of homes and help you get your place in tip top shape with maintenance and design tutorials. When the kids are asleep and the projects put away, you can find her chatting it up on Twitter or being inspired on Pinterest.
Want To Write For Us?
Are you interested in guest posting for The SITS Girls? Then let us know! Our super easy process is described in this post. We’d love to drive more page views to what you have to say.