DIY Custom Magazine Holders
Do you have a stack of bills sitting on the counter right now?
Or maybe there isn’t even a stack and they are just everywhere. That used to be me too, until I took control over my paper clutter and got organized. My biggest problems were that I didn’t exactly know what I should keep, I kept too much, and that the things I needed to keep didn’t have a “home”. This is where my magazine holders come in!
Having a place to keep all your paperwork and documents can be the key to keeping them organized. Having organizers that you love looking at will give you even more inspiration to file things away. All those fancy, adorable filing systems can be great but they are super expensive. They don’t have to be though! I’m going to show you how to make super cute magazine holders that match your style perfects, and they are only a fraction of the cost of the store bought ones!
So, here we go!
About 3 or 4 years ago I got this idea and went out and bought super cheap cardboard magazine holders(image #1). I got a 4 pack and I think they ended up costing about a dollar a piece. You can get this 4 pack on amazon for $4.28! The next thing you need is your fabric. The first time around I used burlap and it held up great until one of my cats decided it would be a good scratching post(image #2). This time around I decided to use cotton fabric in two different patterns: one is a solid teal and the other a grey chevron pattern.
Tip: If you’re using a thinner fabric that you will be able to see through slightly and your magazine holders have any sort of pattern on them you may want to do a quick coat of white spray paint to ensure you don’t see that design. (In image #2 you can see the brown and white on the box slightly so this time around I painted them white)
First cut your fabric
While cutting my fabric to wrap my magazine holder I thought of it as wrapping a present. I laid my boxes over the fabric, leaving about 1 1/2 inches past the bottom of the box to make sure I had enough fabric to cover the bottom. Then I made a cut 1/2-1 inch above the tallest part of the box. I started with a rectangle shape even though the box has a high side and a low side. It was easier for me to start gluing first before trying to cut a perfect pattern.
Putting them together
I used my trusty hot glue gun to attach the fabric. On each side i put a line of glue “framing” each side. There is no need to cover the entire side with glue as long as all your edges are secure. I did on one of them the first time and the others help up just as well so it really was unnecessary, just a bigger mess if you ever want to change them. I chose to overlap the fabric slightly on the short side. In doing this I did not start the fabric right on the corner but I ended the other side there. This prevents seeing a major “seam” at a random spot on you box. Once you have all your side attached, attach the bottom. I folded it exactly like I would wrapping paper on a present, gluing as I went to attach everything(Image #3).
Once you have this part done you can stand you boxes up, it’s time to trim all the extra fabric off. You want to leave enough fabric to wrap over the edges and attach it. Cutting it this way allows you to follow the angle of the box easily without worrying about ruining a pattern. Once the extra fabric is gone simple fold the remaining fabric over the edges and attach with a line of hot glue. If you find the fabric bunches up in areas simply remove some by cutting a “v” shape into it.
Here’s the last bit!
You’re almost done! All you have to do now is decorate it with a cute label on the edge so you know what’s stored in each magazine holder. I love these chalk board labels from amazon and they are only $1.89(plus you get way more than you need, great to have for future projects)!
Didn’t they turn out great!?
All together the magazine holder cost about $4, my fabric was about $7 and the labels $2. That’s only $13 for 4 magazine holders or $3.25 each! You can cut down your cost even more if you make your own magazine holders out of old cereal boxes. (I made one of those as well this time by making 3 simple cuts at the angle of the magazine holders I already had) But seriously, you can’t beat that price! You’ll never find magazine holders that are that custom to your style for that price!
So there you have it, and super easy and extremely cheap way to make your perfect custom magazine holders. They will inspire you to stay organized for sure. I’ve got a great post next week to tell you what documents to keep and what to toss. Make sure you check it out! Here’s to organizing that paper clutter one project at a time!