Thursday, February 24, 2011

Recycling for Organization

Here is a handy little tutorial to help with organization. It helps to keep all those loose magazines in order.

All you need is a box a bit wider than your magazines. I used an instant potato box.

Cereal boxes work good too. Just make sure that your box will hold your magazines. Also, when you buy your box, ask for a paper bag. You will need that for this project.

Cut the bottom off your paper bag, remove any handles and cut along the seam to open up the bag.

Now scrunch your cut up paper bag into a ball. Put the ball under running water and keep on scrunching til all the paper is wet.

Carefully unscrunch the paper and smooth out. Let dry. While your paper is drying, cut off the top of your box.

On one side of the box, measure up 3". Draw a straight line across the side of box. At the top, from the opposite side, measure in 3" on front and back of box. Mark the spot. Connect the straight line and this mark to make a diagonal line across the front and back of box. Cut along these lines.

When your paper is dry, starting at shorter side, glue paper around box leaving some at the top and bottom to fold over.

I used a bookmaking glue, but spray glue works well too. Make sure that you use it in a well ventilated area. Smooth down the paper as you go to prevent air pockets. Cut off any excess paper and glue top and bottom edges over.

Now take a bit of your excess paper and cut a piece to cover the shorter side where the edges meet. Leave a little extra on each side edge to fold over.

Mark your edge and score the line to get a crisp fold. Fold on score line and smooth edge with bone folder.

Glue in place matching up edges with front and back of box. Fold over and glue top and bottom.

Now for the embellishing! Scrunching and wetting the paper gives it a leather look. To enhance that, I used some of my distress ink.

I also used a paper stitching ruler and poked holes along the top and sides to further enhance the look.

I used a twine type of thread and a large eye needle to "sew" the edges. You can also use 6 strand embroidery floss. A pair of needle nosed pliers will help to pull the needle through.

When you are done, you have a beautiful and inexpensive holder for magazines! You can also use contact paper, fabric, burlap, etc.... The ideas are never ending to personalize your magazine holder!

Ta daaa!

Now, how do you go through enough boxes of instant potatoes for your magazine holders? Here is one quickie recipe that my family just loves! So easy to make for those days when you don't have alot of time to cook too!

Quickie Shepherd's Pie

1 lb hamburger
1 deep dish pie shell
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3-4 Tbs milk
6 servings of instant mashed potatoes (use directions on box to make)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In skillet, brown hamburger. Drain grease. Add mushroom soup and milk. Stir until meat is covered in soup mix. Add to pie shell. Make 6 servings of instant mashed potatoes. Add cheese and stir. Cover meat in pie shell with cheesy potatoes. Place in oven for 25 minutes or until potatoes are lightly brown and set. Let cool 5 minutes and serve!
I usually serve this with a salad. It makes a great meal when you are in a hurry! Sorry, no pics! It usually doesn't last long enough!

How would you embellish your magazine holder?


Cher' Shots said...

Cool! I love crafts done with crumpled brown bags. But why do I have such a hard time letting go of all those old magazines? Enough already!
'hugs from afar'

Pam said...

Wow! Great job! I'm going to have some cereal boxes emptied in the next day or two. Going to save those and try this. Thanks for sharing!:-)

Southern Lady said...

great idea! thanks for sharing. Carla

Dar said...

Great idea and it looks great too! I love my magazines and could use a 'cutezy' way to display them. Thanks! Have you ever used the crumpled paper bags to do a leather-look floor or wall? Pretty awesome and would match your boxes...go girly!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

It turned out really cute Maggie! Yep, I'd need to eat a lot of taters for all of my mags:@)

Designs on 47th Street said...

What a GREAT project. This looks good and would be so handy for my piles of magazines. Great idea!

Anonymous said...

Loved this idea! I am going to use it right away for all my cooking magazines that I just can't let go of! Thank you so much. Great blog

Loretta said...

I would use my favorite older sister to embellish these!!! Cute idea!!!

Lori said...

How cool is that!! You never cease to amaze me girlie.

Beth said...

Maggie, Your magazine holder is adorable and the shepherd's pie sounds great! One thing I love in blogland is all the great recipes - I try new ones almost every week.
blessings, Beth

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

Great tutorial! I love the crumpled paper cover. Thanks for the recipe, too. Now I know what's for dinner tonight. ;-)