I grabbed a flimsy organizer off my craft shelf, lined it up on the box, marked a few lines, and cut away. Not only is it a money saver, but the re-purposed wine boxes are much sturdier than the magazine boxes you can buy. I just covered it with some leftover contact paper and waited for the next box to empty!
By DannieB from Seattle, WA
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By Rockinr from Pittsburgh, PA
How do you decorate your own magazine holders?
By Nancy from USA, NY
I copy two or three really nice cover pages of the magazine that will be in the holder (usually a holiday issue) and then decoupage it to the box. I use one copy to put a title on the edge of the box and put cover pictures on both sides. This provides extra strength to the box and let's me know which magazine is inside.
While looking for a new magazine holder and trying to decide what we needed: something strong, able to see the magazines and not expensive, I had an idea. What about the wire basket from the shredder that wore out? It not only works perfectly but it looks nice. In fact, friends visiting recently commented on how nice it looked and wondered if we purchased it at Ikea's! So you can see, it's really not only something recycled, but also very decorative.
By Melody from Auburn, CA
I would like to decorate the inexpensive cardboard magazine holders so that they look better and match the colors in our office. I am clueless about craft projects so I do not know where to begin. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
SassyGirl from Sumner, GA
On newspaper, lay down your box repeatedly, drawing the surface to be covered with a half inch to spare all around each piece.
Buy a bottle of inexpensive liquid starch (laundry products section at the store). Pour some into a bowl. Dip each piece into this, squeeze out excess and smooth onto the appropriate part of the box. Use a table knife to stuff fold part into creases. When another part overlaps that crease as you work, fold under the excess and press down firmly. When all covered, let dry very well. If any edges are loose, glue down with common Elmer's white glue. Glue on any braid, rick rack, or other trim you might like.
The same method can be used to make gift boxes for Christmas or any time of the year. They, like bags, are reusable (say within a family) and they can be well trimmed with glued on ribbon and bows! I covered several to save newspaper clippings in in my office, using an old couch cover's good parts. It is in a plaid design and I love 'em! (11/20/2007)