These recycled magazine boxes began life as wine boxes, but sturdy cereal boxes of the right shape and size will work just as well.
by Jane Lake
wine box or cereal box, about 10-½ inches tall, 9 inches wide, and 3-¾ inches deep
straight edge or ruler
gift wrap and glue or spray paint
1. Use the pencil and ruler to mark a line four inches from the bottom of the box, as shown in the diagram on the right. If you are using a wine box, there may be an opening in the side of the box used to dispense the wine. If this is the case, use the box upside down, so that the hole in the side is in the portion that will be removed.
2. Draw a diagonal line from the four inch mark to the top opposite corner of the box, as shown. Repeat on the other side of the box.
3. Use a sharp craft knife or exacto knife to cut away the top portion of the box, following the pencil lines.
4. Spray paint the box in the color of your choice, or cover with glue and gift wrap.
Organize your magazine boxes by color coding – just spray each magazine holder in a different color of paint.