I love the organization bins and boxes at IKEA. They are inexpensive, fairly sturdy, and come in a wide range of sizes/colors. However recently, I feel like their color selection has been greatly diminished. I even noticed on my last trip that they are really pushing the white boxes and selling markers so you can decorate your own. Um, no thanks. I’m not 12.
So when I needed some new magazine holders, I was bored with the black boxes that I had been using on the rest of my bookcase and wanted a change. So, I decided to make my own!
Well, not technically, I guess. I didn’t make the actual magazine files. I still bought those, but I did decoupage them to match the decor in the room and not be so boring! Here’s how you can make you own:
Supplies you will need:
Paper Magazine Files — I used the FLYT magazine files from IKEA, $2.99 for 5.
Decorative Tissue Paper — I got mine at Hobby Lobby. They have a great selection of patterned papers.
Mod Podge — I have the gloss pictured below, but I ended up using the matte version.
Sponge Paint Brushes — A lot. I went through like 5.
1. Assemble your magazine files.
2. Pick a side to start with and spread one coat of Mod Podge onto that side.
3. Lay the tissue paper onto the glue. When the tissue paper gets wet, it’s probably going to get extremely fragile. You can either use an x-acto knife to cut the excess paper or you may even be able to rip it depending on your paper.
4. Repeat this process for all sides. I didn’t do the bottom and the inside of the magazine files since you’ll never see them. So, you’ll just want to cover the sides that you see. Also, you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you don’t get tissue paper with a really precise pattern on it. I used a toile, so I didn’t have to match the pattern onto each side. I saw a chevron tissue paper that I really liked but decided against it because I wanted to keep my sanity.
5. Once all sides are dry, spread a final coat of Mod Podge onto the entire thing to set the paper. Let completely dry before using.
Once they are dry, fill them up! These are super easy to do and fairly inexpensive. I think they make a big difference — if I’m going to have a whole shelf of magazine files, at least they are pretty!!