What You'll Need
- Cereal box - Make sure you have one that's wide enough to store your magazines! The Rice Krispies box I used was a little narrow, but it fits composition notebooks nicely!
- Fabric/decorative paper - This is for covering the outsides of the box, so make sure you have enough! I used a 1.5' x 2' piece of fabric.
- Lining - Choose a paper to use for your lining - I used three 8.5"x11" sheets.
- Stapler - This is the easiest way to put it all in place. A hot glue gun works too!
- Ribbon/double stick tape - I didn't plan on using this at first, but in the end, I decided it looked better to cover up the staples. I used it to line the opening of the box!
Step 1: Outlining and Cutting
Using a pen, draw an outline on your box for how large you want the opening to be. I cut mine to open about 4" up from the bottom. Make sure your outline is even on all sides! It's best to use a straight-edge or ruler to make sure you've measured correctly. Once you're sure everything is symmetrical, get your scissors and start cutting!
Step 2: Cutting the Liner
Using the sides of your cereal box as a template, cut your liner so it fits right inside! I used two different shades of purple to line the box and only three sheets of paper total. Make sure you line the whole inside: back, bottom, front, and sides! You can staple these in now if you want, but I decided to staple it at the same time as my fabric.
Step 3: Cutting the Fabric
You can do this the mathematical way or the bum way. I chose the latter. Basically, I laid the box down on the fabric and guessed how much material I'd need. Once I'd cut a big chunk, I shaped it to the cereal box, leaving an inch or so extra on each side. Once it was cut out, it looked like a little volcano with a shack on the side.
Step 4: Stapling
This was the most time-consuming step. I started with the slant on the right side of the box - lining up its edge about an inch away from the edge of the fabric. Then, I folded the fabric over and stapled all the way up. Next, I flipped the box over, pulled the fabric tight, and stapled the slant on the left side.
It took a little maneuvering and trimming, but I managed to staple the top section as well. Make sure you're pulling everything tight, so the fabric doesn't ripple! When you get to a corner, fold it nicely like you would a present.
Once the top was done, I stapled the bottom, the same way, as well as the seam where the two edges of the fabric met. You'll have to swing your stapler open and use it the way teachers do on bulletin boards. The easiest way to do this is to put one hand on the inside of the box to give it some support and push the stapler with your other hand. Don't staple yourself. Then, just fold the ends of the staple over to make sure it stays in place.
The bottom of mine was really rough, so I'm not going to include a picture of it... Just imagine you're wrapping a present, and instead of using tape, you're using staples! It shouldn't be a problem, but I'm awful at wrapping gifts.
Step 5: Perfecting
I didn't really like the look of the staples. If that doesn't bother you, then you can stop now! If you're like me, you may want to grab some ribbon. I used a sheer one that I picked up at the Dollar Tree and attached it to the box with some double-sided tape. Simply apply the tape around the opening of the box, and line it with ribbon.
Throw your stacks of magazines in, or use it for notebook organization! If you have extra printer paper or loose-leaf paper laying around, you can use it to corral those, too. Actually, why not make a few and have all of your papers organized? I hope you enjoyed this craft!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 02, 2014:
Such a classic project! Thanks for the detailed instructions. I love that there are so many possibilities for customization.
Emma Lindhagen from Stockholm, Sweden on February 01, 2014:
Nah, cheap would be just using the cereal box on its own. This is creative!
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on February 01, 2014:
Yay! Glad you like it! I'm so cheap haha. I hate buying stuff!! I didn't even buy the cereal, my sister did when she came into town. AND my grandparents gave me the fabric a few years ago at christmas... I made a skirt, but wasn't sure how to use any more of it!
Emma Lindhagen from Stockholm, Sweden on January 31, 2014:
You know, that's actually pretty clever! I never would've thought of using a cereal box for that. Too bad I don't eat cereal, though, haha! By the way, I like that many of your tips are so frugal.