Loose papers covering the desk. Magazines lying open on coffee tables. Newspaper pages strewn over couches and end tables. Does this sound like your home?
Finding a place to put all of those miscellaneous papers and magazines can be tricky, and organizers can be expensive. But if you have an empty cereal box or two, there is an easy solution to this common household dilemma. With a cereal box and some decorative paper, you can construct a magazine holder that will make expensive, store-bought organizers seem dowdy.
Before you get started, you will need the following: a sturdy cereal box, a utility knife, glue and some decorative paper. Wallpaper scraps or gift wrap work great if you are looking for something with a fun pattern or design.
First, cut the top flaps away from all four sides of the open end of the box. Then, use a ruler to measure 4 inches (10 centimeters) from the bottom of the box. From this point, carefully use the knife to slice upward and away from you at a 45-degree angle to the top corner of the box. Do this for both the front and back of the box.
Now you can pull out your pretty paper and glue because it's time to decorate. To determine the amount of paper you'll need to cover the magazine holder, take the paper and wrap it around the box. Then, a simple way to attach the paper neatly is to wrap the box as if you were wrapping a gift. As you wrap, secure the paper with glue or tape. For heavier papers, such as wallpaper, tape will hold better than glue.
If you needed a magazine holder, then it's a safe bet that you have some reading materials lying around. For directions on how to make a top-notch bookmark, see the next page.