December 12, 2012

DIY Magazine Holder with Midori Wrapping Paper

Now, I realize this is ahead of the game, but I'm really excited to share this DIY that will be perfect for leftover wrapping paper and gift boxes after the holidays. I know, I know, in this crazy internet sea of decking the halls, thinking about DIYs for after the holidays is nuts. But pin this now, and thank me later.

In addition to their luxe ribbon, Midori also makes loads of gorgeous gift wrapping paper. I used one of my favorite scalloped patterns they sent me to wrap up a box cut into a magazine holder. It's perfect for stashing all my magazines. Read on for how-to upcycle those gift giving supplies.

Tools and materials:
Modpodge or other glue/sealant
Brush for the glue
Cardboard gift box
Wrapping paper-- I used Midori's Nami in my favorite shade of blue
Permanent marker

Begin by tracing a magazine in the corner of the bottom half of the box. Tip: use your largest size magazine to make sure it fits!

Trace the magazine again the the opposite corner, to make two magazine holders from one box.

In the area where the two tracings overlap, draw a curved line. This will be the sloped edge for both magazine holders.

Cut out along the lines you traced, leaving the sides intact. Hang onto the other small corners, we'll use them soon.

Trace the two halves onto the lid of the box, and cut out the shapes like before.

If you try to put together your newly cut pieces, you'll notice they don't line up. So, we turn the lid piece inside-out by gently pulling apart at the corner.

 With the outside of the lid now on the inside, tape the piece back together.

Tape together the two halves, one from the bottom of the box, and the other the inside-out piece from the lid of the box. Using the cardboard we saved from before, cut to size and tape in place on the front of the magazine holder.

Trace all four sides of the magazine holder onto the gift wrap.

Cut out, leaving at least 1 inch of allowance around the traced lines.

Use the brush to apply the Mod Podge to the box. Apply paper, and smooth out any bubbles and wrinkles. Fold in the extra paper inside the magazine holder, and glue or tape in place.

To fold the paper over the curved edge, make a series of snips in the extra paper, and fold and glue in place inside the box.

Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the paper, if you want, and let dry before storing your magazines. 

I love how these pretty holders look together on my shelves!

This post is sponsored by Midori Ribbon, however all opinions are my own.


  1. Anonymous8:34 AM

    Wow!! Cool!

  2. Ahhhhh!! I absolutely LOVE this, Erin! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great job, and how gorgeous is that paper?

  3. That's pretty badass! I LOVE IT! I will be doing this...I always hoard boxes from the holidays so I will have tons to do a trial and error on! Thanks! Happy Holidays! =)

    Ergo - Blog

  4. great effect :)

  5. Very clever and eco-friendly.

  6. Love this! I always want those gorgeous magazines holders you see in magazines, but this is just so simple!


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