Today I challenged myself to make my own magazine holder instead of buying one. I had to plan it out in advance so that I could wrap my head around it. (Thank you Cricut Design Space!!!) I designed it there and then modified on my paper when I realized that I didn’t have the 12×12 chipboard I was expecting to use. I think it still turned out great!!
Here is the design that I started with and all measurements are in inches:
- Left Side – 11 H x 10 W (top is 5 W and small side is 5 H. I marked both at 5 and then made the diagonal line to connect)
- Right Side – 11 H x 10 W (top is 5 W and small side is 5 H. I marked both at 5 and then made the diagonal line to connect)
- Back – 12 H x 4.5 W
- Bottom – 12 W x 4.5 H
- Front – 5 H x 4.5 W with a circle cut to be able to easily pull out of a bookcase
After realizing I didn’t have the 12 x 12 chipboard, I modified to use the 8.5 x 11 chipboard I did have. I have those measurements below the video along with written instructions on how to put it together.
- Left Side – 8.5 H x 11 W with a 1 inch fold on the taller side (top is 4 W and small side is 4 H after the fold and adding a piece of 1.5 x 8 piece to be attached at the top. I marked both at 4 after the fold and then made the diagonal cut)
- Right Side – – 8.5 H x 11 W with a 1 inch fold on the taller side (top is 4 W and small side is 4 H after the fold and adding a piece of 1.5 x 8 piece to be attached at the top. I marked both at 4 after the fold and then made the diagonal cut) ***Hint: score all on the side you want to be the outside of the box if using a knife or Exact-o knife to cut the score line. It will fold cleaner. This is why I specifically made a right and left side. I also cut a piece for the inside where I added the 1.5 tall piece to reinforce it from a piece that was left over that was 11 x 4 pictured below (there is 1.25 on the left and then I used the other pieces to fill in.
- Back – 11 H x 4.5 W
- Bottom – 11 W x 4.5 H
- Front – 4 H x 4.5 W I didn’t end up cutting the circle out
- Chipboard (whichever of the 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12 that you have)
- Rulers (I used the 12 x 12 Cricut self-healing mat pictured above and the Cricut 18 inch metal ruler)
- Pencil or pen to mark with
- Knife/Exact-o knife/Cricut handheld Knife blade (I used the Cricut one)
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Contact paper/paint/cardstock/vinyl (however you plan to finish the outside, I used contact paper)
- Cut out and score pieces listed above for the chipboard size you are using.
- Glue the middle of the frame together first. Hot glue the back to the base and the base to the front.
- In retrospect, I should have then hot glued both of the side pieces to the back (in the 12 x 12 design or the combination of the 2 pieces to make up each side in the 8.5 x 11 design) and then both to the base to the sides and then the front to the sides. Instead in the video I did all of one side and then the other. I think this may have been a better option, but you can do it either way. ***One thing I don’t believe I mentioned in the video is to make sure to press the pieces you are gluing together on a flat surface to get the best hold.
- In the 8.5 x 11 design that I made in the video, I added another reinforcing piece to each side as mentioned above.
- Now it’s time to decorate! I used contact paper, but paint, cardstock, or vinyl would also be lovely. Now in listing these possibly a decoupaged napkin or 2 would look really nice as well. 😉 Have fun with it! When applying the contact paper the adhesive didn’t want to stick to the chipboard very well, so I hot glued the edges down. ***Word of caution: If using the hot temp allow glue to cool slightly before adhering since it will melt the contact paper. Low temp is recommended if possible. I learned the hard way, please learn from my mistake.
- Optional – You may want to add your finish to the insides of the finished product as well, but since it’s just for me, I’m not gonna bother. 🙂
Until next time, may this inspire you to create!!! Now for me to go and make 3 more for my shelves!