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Channel your inner DIY blogger and learn how to turn an old cereal box into an amazing magazine holder that is perfect for school, home, or the office.
What You’ll Need:
- RoomMates Peel and Stick Wallpaper in the pattern of your choice
- Cereal box
Cut the Cereal Box
Cut the flaps off the top of the cereal box. Then, lay the box flat and draw the shape you desire for the sides of your magazine holder. The sides can be any shape you like, from straight across to something totally unique, but we really love a curved shape.
After you have drawn your shape, cut it out.
Take the piece you cut out and use it to trace the same cut out onto the other side. Cut out the other side so the box looks something like this…
Cut Your Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Measure out enough of the peel and stick wallpaper to cover your cereal box. This amount will vary based on the size of your box. Think of it as measuring out wrapping paper for a present; the wallpaper should go the entire way around the box with a few inches at either end to ensure a proper fit.
Pro Tip: After you’ve cut your piece of wallpaper, back-roll it with the pattern facing in on itself. This will help flatten it out and make it easier to work with.
Trace the Cereal Box onto Your Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Trace the shape of your box onto the back of wallpaper with the smaller side of the box in the middle.
Next, cut out your shape.
Cut out the shape of the lines you traced, giving yourself about an inch of margin around the entire shape. You can always cut the margin off when you’re done with the project, but it’s a good idea to give yourself an extra bit of wiggle room.
After you’ve cut out the larger shape, cut it in half along one side of the smaller panel. Now you should have two pieces of peel and stick wallpaper, each with two of the traced panels.
Peel and Stick
Start with the short panel. Peel off about an inch of the liner and fold back on itself to keep it out of the way. Apply directly to the corner of the box that corresponds to the area you traced.
Peel off the backing a little at a time and press the wallpaper onto the box, smoothing out air bubbles with your hand or a credit card as you go. This can be a little awkward at first, but the best part about peel and stick wallpaper is that it’s 100% removable and repositionable, so if it gets crooked or there’s a really big air bubble, you can easily remove and re-stick.
Match to Other Side
Once you’re done with your first sheet of peel and stick, repeat the previous, matching the pattern at the small panel that you cut.
Trim and Tuck
Once both panels have been smoothed onto the box, it’s time to finish things off. For the bottom, simply tuck the remaining wallpaper underneath and stick to secure.
For the top, trim the excess wallpaper away with scissors so that it is flush with the sides of the box.
Pro tip: Try using an x-acto knife or box cutter to make this step just a little bit easier. Just be careful!
This DIY is ideal for organizing papers, magazines, files, folders and even books! Perfect for keeping track of all your school assignments, create one for each of your classes to keep everything neat and tidy.
Peel and Stick Wallpaper is super easy to use and is great for DIY projects. With over 40 different designs, there is guaranteed to be a pattern that will fit your style and personality. Want to give create your own DIY magazine holder? Browse our peel and stick wallpaper patterns to get started!