Magazine Holders from Cereal Boxes
What you will make:
Here’s a craft that is fun to do, recycles empty cereal boxes, and
organizes those stacks of magazines, paperback books and miscellaneous
papers around the house or in your child’s bedroom. Cereal boxes
may seem a bit flimsy, but once filled with magazines or books, they
are just fine.
This craft project is great for family, classroom or group craft
time. Ahead of time, paint (and maybe cut) an empty cereal box for each
person and gather everything needed for decorating the boxes. Turn
everyone loose to create nifty magazine holders.
Here's what you need:
- Large cereal box (or other empty box)
- White spray paint or acrylic paint
- Pencil and ruler
- Optional: markers, stamps, pictures and glue
For decorating with sponge stamps and stencils:
- Kitchen sponge (new)
- Acrylic paint, green and purple
- Plastic lid or plate to be used as paint palette
- Stencil with image(s) to fit box
- Masking tape or drafting tape
- Cosmetic sponges
This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
How to Make Magazine Holders from Cereal Boxes
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
creating magazine holders from recycled cereal boxes. If you are doing
this craft with a group, precutting the
boxes and painting them white will make the craft go faster.
Tip: Cereal boxes and magazines come in a
variety of sizes. Before starting the project, be sure your cereal box will hold the magazines or books you plan to store in them.
Also check the height of your bookshelf—cut the box shorter,
- Step 2: Cut Cereal Box
Cut the top flaps off the empty cereal box. Use pencil and ruler to
draw a line from the middle of the box’s top to one side at a
45-degree angle, straight across the side, and up the back at the
same angle. Cut on this line.
- Step 3: Sand Box
Lightly sand the outside of the cereal box to dull the shiny
coating. The paint will adhere to the box better if it is sanded
- Step 4: Paint Box
Spray the box with white paint, or apply white paint with a
sponge brush. Let paint dry. Two or more coats may be needed to over
the bright printing on most cereal boxes.
- Step 5: Decorate Box
The box is now like a blank canvas ready for your creative
ideas. Paint the box with sponges and stencils, or use any decorative
technique you know to create a unique box.
To decorate a box like the example magazine holder, cut a small square
sponge stamp from an ordinary kitchen sponge and sponge-stamp a border of
checks in one or two colors of green. Follow the instructions in the
Sponge Stamps and
Art project. Next, stencil in
greens and purples using an iris stencil on the box's sides
and ends following the
Stenciling Basics instructions in the
Greeting Card tutorial.
Tip: Almost any decorating technique can be used on these boxes.
You might cover a box in fabric that matches your decor. Or
paint a scene across several boxes with a circus, Old West, or ocean
theme. How about gluing pictures cut from old magazines to the box,
and then applying several coats of a decoupage sealer? Or just paint
the box a solid color and let kids paint, stamp, and glue their
That's it! Your magazine holder is complete!
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