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DIY magazine storage holder

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organize magazines, magazine storage

If you’re anything like me, you always end up having stacks of magazines! I’ll admit I’m a sucker for the latest gossip magazines while waiting in line at the grocery store and I’m often signed up for various monthly subscriptions. If you have a multiple-member household then this problem is only multiplied!

Furthermore, I hate throwing away magazines because a couple times a year I love going through them and pulling out pictures and articles to make collages. Instead of shoving them in drawers and accumulating piles, I decided this is a great opportunity to execute a little DIY project and make a magazine storage craft which I’ll describe below.

Now, if you don’t have time to spend on a project I also have a few ideas to help you stay organized. If you own a wine rack (and it’s not filled with wine), rolling up your magazines and filling up the slots with them is creative and looks great! If you have clean, decorative flower pots bring them inside and fill with rolled up magazines. You may even have enough magazines to make little decorative stands. This works particularly well if your magazines are all the same size (and the larger the better). Stack them up neatly against a wall, preferably one that won’t get bumped into, and place a picture frame or children’s school project on top of it.

If you’re interested in a little DIY project, this is a great one!

Materials you’ll need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  •  Sharp scissors


  1. Determine how many magazines you have in order to find the best cardboard box for you.  Personally I love tall, thin boxes so one like this would work great. This is also a fantastic way to recycle boxes you have laying around the house.
  2. Take sharp scissors and carefully cut off the top and angle the sides into desired shape and size.
  3. Lay out you wrapping paper and measure the needed length (hint: it’s better to do each side which separate sheets of paper) Trace with a pencil and cut with your scissors.
  4. Wrap paper around cardboard box and tape on the inside.
  5. Once all the cardboard is covered, place magazines into the box and you’ve got yourself a homemade magazine storage. This is a great example of what a well-made magazine storage holder can look like. Enjoy being organized!

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3 Responses to “DIY magazine storage holder”

  1. Moki crafter

    I like using cereal boxes!
    They are just the right size and you normally recycle the box after taking the box tops off.

  2. Krista

    Great suggestion!

    Another thing I like to do is reuse shoe boxes, because they’re generally a little more sturdy. However, I tend to just recover them and use them as storage boxes in my closet, rather than as magazine holders.

  3. Kathryn

    My kids and I did this project to hold coloring books and it turned out so well! We used cereal boxes, as “Moki crafter” suggested. I let each of the kids decorate their own and they look amazing in their patchwork themed playroom. We used wrapping paper, construction paper, ribbon, glitter, stickers… Perfect bonding time and we all had a blast!

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