How To Make a DIY Magazine File

I have a few magazine titles that I like to keep around before recycling them - The New Yorker and Vanity Fair among them. The best way to neatly store these periodicals is in a magazine file. Here's an easy how-to for turning an empty cereal box into a magazine file.

What You Need

Materials Empty cereal box, ruler, pen, scissors, decorative paper, mod podge

Instructions

1. Eat a large box of cereal. Of course, you don't have to do this all at once but I promise not to judge if you do. I used a 35 oz. box of cereal, which is the perfect size for these titles but is too small for others, like Dwell and Martha Stewart.

2. With a ruler, measure and mark a diagonal line on the front and back of the box. Also mark a line on the side of the box connecting the two diagonal lines. A clear craft ruler is a great tool for this step.

3. Cut off the top and the area you marked on the box in step #2. I used scissors for this but you could also use an x-acto knife or blade.

4. Cover the magazine file with paper. I used mod podge to glue wrapping paper to my file. Then, after the box was covered in paper, I slathered a layer of mod podge on the entire thing, giving it a little extra strength.

5. After the mod podge has dried, fill your new file box with magazines!