Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tool Time Tuesday...Recycled Cereal Box Magazine Holder

Hello All...a whole week between posts...not good. I am getting a lot done though. My sister is determined to get a sewing room together for me and she is here almost everyday to help. We are painting and moving furniture and rebuilding furniture to make it all work. Hopefully I will have a post of the finished room soon.
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In the mean time, I am making these organizers for my new room. I have figured out that our household uses certain things all the time. The girls drink bottled water by the case, so I save the card board box it comes in. My husband likes the 4 C drink mix, so I save the tube shaped container that it comes in and we also eat a lot of cereal (but ironically not for breakfast). They eat it for an after school snack, for a quick snack before a dance class or a treat at night. We all have our favorites...Frosted Flakes is hubby's. So this week's TTT is to recycle these cereal boxes. I think these are probably out there in some tutorial, but thought I would share anyway.


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This is what the magazine holder/organizer looks like before you decorate it, but wouldn't this be cute in a child's room for all their books in an organizer with their favorite cereal on it.
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Here are the directions to get that shape from a box.
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Holding the box with the front facing you, place a ruler on the lower right corner and place a mark 5 inches from the bottom.
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Draw a line across the short side. My mark is the lower one, not the one towards the top...that was already printed there.


Here's the line 5 inches up.


Now take your ruler and draw a line from the top left corner down to the mark you just made.



Here's the line.



Now turn the box over and draw another line from the upper right corner down to the other mark that is 5 inches up from the bottom. Cut along these lines to reveal the shape of the magazine organizer as seen in picture #2. Now you are ready to decorate it.



I used some scrapbook paper that I already had, but you could use fabric, gift wrap paper, paint it to match your room, even pages from an old book or sheet music. If I can't find the right shade of robin's egg blue for my sewing room boxes, I might use the old pages from a book. You can decoupage or use spray adhesive.



Just add a name plate, a printed label or a cute little hang tag to remind you what magazines or patterns are in the box.



These are great for separating your different quilt magazines, patterns and templates. They're also great to keep all those pages that you have cut out of magazines. Just slip the page into one of those plastic protector sheets and then keep them in their own organizer. You can have one for inspirations for your quilting, favorite kitchens, Christmas, decorating etc...



These boxes are cute, help you stay organized and are FREE. That last part is my favorite!! Take a look around your house or in the kitchen and see what item you use all the time and could save for a project.
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I am going to be honest with you about this box...I ran out of paper. The other side isn't even covered. Now if I had more I would have folded over the paper and lined the inside of the box that the magazine doesn't cover. Oh well, it's almost midnight and that one side I did cover is cute.


There's been a plant in the background of some of the pictures. Isn't that pot too cute? It's a giant tea cup. That's a coffee mug to show how big the planter is.




Before I go, I want to let all the I Spy Swappers know that we are almost there. I have 2 more packages on their way this week. Once they come in, I will start separating them and send them out. I have received a lot of packages the past 2 weeks, but haven't had the chance to snap a picture. I should have a chance to get to it this week.
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I am also going to do a post about some extra special people out there in blog land. The kindness in this world never ceases to amaze me.
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Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone,
~Karen~

42 comments:

  1. I am so glad that you are getting your room organized...

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  2. I'll start by commenting on your last post and say I just love your closet!! You go girl!

    Now, so glad to hear you are getting a new sewing space organised. I've been thinking of you so much!

    What a great idea for the cereal boxes - thanks for sharing!

    Hugs - Shari

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  3. Hi Karen!

    You're incredible... with everything that has been going on in your life you still find time for TTT. {{Hugs}}. And yes - I love your project!! I also love your teacup plant holder - how ingenious!

    Lots of love to you special lady, and I hope your new sewing room is everything you dream it will be.

    Hugs! Vikki xoxo

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  4. CAn't wait to see the new sewing space!

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  5. I am always on the lookout for these magazine organizers. I love your idea of coordinating papers to match whatever room these will be placed in. Hope all is working out for your sewing space.
    Jocelyn

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  6. Hey Karen!! You are amazing, giving us TTT when you have so much going on. I love the idea, I'm always buying those things but I love the idea of decorating my own. You're awesome!! BTW I have the same cup/saucer in pink. A friend gave it to me because she knew I coveted it when she moved. You're lucky to have such a wonderful sister. Let us know if you'd like any contributions to your room, perhaps you need some new snippets of fabric to help make the process more cheerful!!

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  7. I really have no idea how you come up with these ideas, but I am so glad you do!! Love this one and have fun getting you new space ready!

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  8. I love the idea for the magazine holders! I have way too many mags floating around, I need to toss some, but maybe I will try this for the ones that I want to keep!

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  9. Another great idea! It never ceases to amaze me how very creative and resourceful you are! Good luck with your sewing room. Don't forget to show pictures. I love seeing pictures of other peoples sewing spaces. :0)

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  10. Hi Karen!

    I love this idea, I am gonna use it! I hope your new sewing room will be done soon so you can relax!

    I love that giant tea cup! Super cute!

    Hugs,
    Zlaty

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  11. this is brilliant!
    thanks for sharing it.
    barb

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  12. I am doing my room over as well and wish I had seen this TUT before I threw away a Cheerios box!!! I need some of these mag holders!!!
    Thanks for this idea and wishing you a wonderful new work area!
    Lola

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  13. I love this idea and I like the fact that we can make it from items already in the house. Can't wait to see your new sewing room, it'll be all tidy and organised to start some serious play.

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  14. Glad you and your Sister are getting your sewing room back in order..Love the cereal box idea I can always use more magazine holders.
    I don't think I spy should be on the top of your list right now. I for one am in no hurry..

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  15. Oh, I had forgotten this little crafty tidbit. I used to make these for my kids to store projects and books when they were young...I have magazines for quilting that are falling over all the time. Now I must get the grandkids to save me the cereal boxes as we so seldom buy any.
    Gosh, I hope the sewing area is done soon....Christmas is coming girl! and we need ideas!

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  16. Hi Karen! Great craft idea. Sorry to hear about the flood in your room by the way. At least it gives you the opportunity to redecorate....lets stay positive!
    all the best from Holland!

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  17. I have been eyeing (no pun intended) your I Spy giveaways and fabric swaps. I have a cousin with a two-year-old daughter who is waiting for a kidney and liver transplant any day. She goes to the hospital for dialysis for three hours 6 days a week. When my cousin wrote, "any ideas of how to keep a two-year-old entertained without a lot of movement?" I thought of these I Spy quilts. You can read all about their daily saga at givehopetobensonandclaire@blogspot.com (her four year old son also has the same disease though not as progressed as his younger sister). Any chance of getting in on a fabric swap so I could make these sweet kids an I Spy quilt? I love your blog and appreciate you sharing your creativity. You can reach me at bsnixon@gmial.com

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  18. What a great idea...but now I gotta go dumpster diving for boxes. We don't go through to many boxes of cereal anymore..sad...I miss my girls.

    Pat

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  19. I love this idea...I have so many pattern books that are pretty unorganized right now. Thanks for sharing this.

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  20. Great Idea...inexpensive way to decorate a dorm too!

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  21. I can't wait to see your new sewing room Karen and I love the magazine holders, such a great idea. xo

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  22. Glad to hear that your sewing room is getting back in shape and I am looking forward to the pictures.

    I have a challenge for you in the recycling area - those plastic coffee "cans". There are small and large ones, some with handles. Some have labels painted on and some you can pull off.

    I've used them in the garage to store nails and other items as well as in the pantry to store dried beans and rice.

    Other than using them to store buttons, any ideas to use them in the quilt room?

    Liz

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  23. What a great "green" project..love it. Happy that you are getting your new space and can't wait to see it.

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  24. Very cute boxes and a great idea. Sorry about your sewing room and happy to hear you're getting it back together again.

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  25. Well this is just w-a-y too cute...I just LOVE your 'smartness'....and just think how neat and clean everything is going to be once you are settled again!!

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  26. Just found your blog. I love it! Will borrow some of your organizing tips for my studio.

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  27. Just a heads up on boxes...if you want a really strong box that's pristine clean besides...try a Bisquick box. We get ours @ Costco so they are a nice large size & much heavier than cereal boxes. The inner liner is not even attached. I have 3 nearly grown kids, so we have pancakes once a week. I have always thrown these away when not used for kid projects: valentines mailboxes, etc. Thanks for this project.

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  28. For someone who is really lazy and wants to get organized so she can sew. Walmart carrys spray paint for 88 cents a can. Really fast and can to inside and outside at same time.

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  29. All I could think of as I read this was ... "There Grrrrrreat!" Sorry couldn't resist.
    Now I gotta make some of theese too.
    I wish you could just come organize my houes lol

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  30. Love this. I am going to have to get my newest cereal box creation up on my blog. Its so great when things can be re-purposed.
    Sarah
    www.budgetfriendlydecorating.com

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  31. So excited! I saw this a few weeks ago and finally have a weekend with nothing on the calendar. So I woke up and cleaned out my pantry. I found cereal boxes, cracker boxes, and lots of other boxes. Not all my boxes are big enough for magazines but I have so many of those little patterns in the plastic bags that I am going to label them "purses patterns", table runners, etc. I am so excited to finish the cleaning so I can have fun!!! - Oh and I am having my husband stop at the local hardware store for the cute little pipe holders! (And tell your husband - the teacher - that my daughter's 4th grade teacher is using cereal boxes for kids to keep books that they are reading in - too much in their desks...LOL)
    Tara

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  32. I tried fabric w/ ModPodge...and it didn't work. Not sure if it was the fabric (cotton...I think. I found it at Goodwill) or the MP. So I'm using scrapbook paper on my other boxes. Thanks for sharing this wonderfully clever idea!

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  33. I just clicked through almost every tool time tuesday. I think I might be addicted - I just can't get enough of your great ideas!! I'm so glad I found your site via a link on "A Girl and a Glue Gun"

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  34. Love your idea...Frist time visiting and enjoy very much...

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  35. I saved a bunch of the same sized- cereal boxes and cut them all out before I realized they weren't big enough to hold magazines! So make sure you check the size of the box before you do all of the work like me. :) At least I hadn't covered them yet!! LOL

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  36. I love this idea and have used it to organize cookbooks, food wrap boxes, and office supplies. You can get two organizers from one cereal box if you measure your 5" (or whatever you choose) on both the lower right and down from the top left. Then connect your diagonal lines, and your cuts will result in two identical halves.

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  37. Excellent! Thank you for that : )

    It looks gorgeous and so simple and the best so cheap

    Thank you

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  38. I use this idea for many different leftover boxes, however, instead of covering them with one sheet of paper or fabric, I tear the paper into squares and decoupage all over the box. It allows for more flaws without showing, AND, often the paper I use is the brown filler paper that arrives in amazon deliveries when I purchase discounted snacks! I hate to throw out all that great paper and I also hated to use up my expensive, pretty wrapping paper, so the brown paper decoupage solved two problems!

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  39. Just made one of these magazine holders the other day. It looked great and I love it however the box was too small for my magazines. Luckly I was able to find another use for it. Thanks for the idea, it'll make doing up my craftroom (which was also hit by a flood) a lot cheaper with a more finished look in the end.

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  40. It's so funny-I made a holder like this around 3 years ago with the same paper! What are the chances? Mine is to small for magazines also but I still use it to sort other things. I highlt recommed this DIY craft!

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  41. I made a couple of these for my quilt magazines a while back and I used colored duck tape to cover/decorate the outside and it looks great too

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