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Easy DIY Magazine Holders Made from Cereal Boxes!

I’ve been on an organizing kick lately and one thing that makes things look neater to me is to get them tucked away out of site. Which is why I decided to upcycle some cereal boxes and leftover wallpaper to make my own DIY Magazine Holders.

Materials Used – DIY Magazine Holders:

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Note: there is a video tutorial and a printable set of instructions at the bottom of this post if you prefer!

Will a Magazine Holder made from a Cereal Box be sturdy enough?

This was the question I asked myself before I started.

The answer is yes but only if it is propped between more magazine holders, books or the side of your book shelf.

Standing on its own, especially if you fill it with something heavy it might tip over. So I wouldn’t use a cereal box for a standalone file on a desk for example.

For a sturdier, standalone version I also made a double magazine file out of a Cardboard Box from a Duplo toy set – see below for that one. Exactly the same method was used to make it, I just decorated it differently.

Step 1: Measure Out your Magazine Holder Shape

First, take your ruler and on one of the skinny sides of your cereal box measure up 4.5″ – then draw a straight line across.

DIY Magazine holder from a cereal box

Next, set your ruler on the front or back of your cereal box and draw a line from the top corner of the box to the end of the line you just drew on the skinny side.

DIY magazine holder from a cereal box
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Draw the same line on the opposite side of your cereal box.

Step 2: Cut your Cereal Box

Now use a sharp pair of paper scissors or a craft knife to cut away everything above the lines you drew in Step 1.

DIY magazine holder from a cereal box
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Once you have your box cut you essentially have a magazine holder file.

All you need to do now is decorate it!

Step 3: Decorate your Magazine Holder

You can be as creative as you like with this but here is what I did.

First I decided where I would use my magazine holders and what way they would sit on the shelf. For the ones I made out of cereal boxes I decided that only the spines would be visible on my shelf so that is where I focused for decoration.

Cover the Magazine Holder First

magazine holder from a cereal box

I took some sticky back white label paper (the kind that is all one sheet – like for a big shipping label) and covered the whole of the outside of the cereal box with it.

If you have pretty patterned contact paper the principle is the same except that you would cut it to size for the sides of your box.

Note: If you use white paper like I did all over you will likely be able to see the cereal box colours through it (see photo above where you can clearly see ‘shreddies’) so only do it this way if you also just want to display the spines.

Decorate the Spines

Once I had it covered in white I decorated the spines of the magazine holders with leftover wallpaper from another project. The one below was ‘woodlands’ by Photowall and the brighter pink one was ‘land of coco’ also by Photowall.

DIY magazine holder with wallpaper
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I put the wallpaper on with wide clear packing tape but you could also use Mod Podge.

DIY Magazine holder from a cereal box
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Below is another version of this magazine holder that I did with the cardboard box from a Duplo Toy Set my son got for Christmas.

DIY Magazine holder from a cardboard box
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DIY Magazine Holder
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For that one I covered more of the file in wallpaper because I wanted to put it on my shelf facing sideways. The wallpaper in the one above is called ‘land of coco’ by Photowall. I was gifted this paper for a large wall art project but I do really like it even though I didn’t pay for it. You can also get 15% off at Photowall if you use my code GREATDISCOUNT15 at checkout.

Make a Kid’s Bookcase out of Cardboard Boxes

Add Labels

I found pretty font on my computer and typed out some labels. I just spaced them out on a plain piece of printer paper and cut them out.

DIY Magazine holder labels
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Then I used my wide clear packaging tape again to attach the labels to the spines of my files.

Because I already attached the wallpaper with tape and I am putting tape on tape for the label it will be easier for me to take off the label in future if I want to switch it up. It shouldn’t effect the wallpaper underneath as the tape will protect it.

Finished Magazine Holders from Cereal Boxes! (and a Duplo Box)

I’m using two of my Magazine Holders made from cereal boxes on my ‘sewing dresser’ to hold templates and bag patterns. I have another cereal box file next to my printer for my paper.

magazine holders made from cereal boxes
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The box from the Duplo toy made a double sized magazine holder essentially and it is also on my sewing dresser. I’m using it for quilt magazines and other bits and pieces.

DIY magazine holder from a cereal box
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The wallpaper I used for the double magazine file is the same one I used to makeover my plastic storage boxes.

sewing room storage with magazine holders
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DIY magazine file from cereal boxes

Video Tutorial

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Printable Instructions

magazine holders made from cereal boxes

Easy DIY Magazine Holders Made from Cereal Boxes!

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Easy DIY project for making Magazine Holder Files out of Recycled Cereal Boxes.


  • Empty Cereal Boxes
  • Contact Paper or A4 Label Paper
  • Wallpaper Scraps
  • Clear Packing Tape


  • Scissors or Craft Knife
  • Pen
  • Ruler


  1. Measure up the skinny side of your box 4.5" and draw a line across.
  2. On either side of the box use your ruler to draw a line from the end of the line you drew on the skinny side up to the top corner of the wide sides.
  3. Cut away all cardboard above your lines.
  4. Cover the magazine holder with plain white sticky back label paper or patterned contact paper.
  5. Use wallpaper scraps to decorate the spine or skip step 4 and use wallpaper all over your magazine holder.
  6. Use clear wide packaging tape to secure the wallpaper scraps to the spine.
  7. Add labels with clear wide packaging tape.

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