26 November 2010

cereal for magazine holders

I had signed up for some free subscriptions to some magazines. I do not recommend doing this for the ones you don't want to cherish forever; I get my reading now from the library, cheap, and reusable. However I do have a collection of perfectly good magazines that do not stand up on their own. I have thought about going and buying some magazines holder, but thought they would cost too much for me (aka: they weren't free). I soon found an alternative that was.

You know when you go to the store and buy cereal in the lovely boxes that then get thrown away after the food is gone? Well, I decided to reuse them as magazine holders, and you can too.

Step 1 - rescue it from the trash

You wouldn't think this would be hard, but it might. My father keeps throwing them away, out of force of habit. He didn't even know that he had thrown one out but there it was sitting in the trash. The 'protective' plastic that is in it will need to find a home, as with any extra food still in it.

Step 2 - cut it up

Pick a place you want the bottom flap to come to and mark it, then the top as well (I kept it at the top of the box), draw a line between the two. Then cut on the lines.

Step 3 - decorate

I hate that word; it implies taking some sort of crap and sticking it on the box to make it girly and cute. If you want to, more power to you, enjoy, have a great time. Me on the other hand, spray paint. Nice black spray paint just to cover up the fact that it is a cereal box. But how green is that? I'm not sure. Plus, I am lazy, so I just left it, make for some interesting conversations.

Step 4 - enjoy

Put the magazines inside and enjoy your free holders.


  1. Awesome! I use cereal boxes for so many things but haven't thought of this one. Thanks for the tip.

  2. These would be pretty painted and decorated with washi tape or covered with scrapbook papers. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.


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