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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Finished Friday: DIY Magazine Files

I'm trying to hold myself accountable to finish some of the projects on my to do list by posting each Friday about a project I've completed. For the most part these projects aren't part of my daily or weekly household chores, although many weeks finishing those items is a challenge all of its own.
Several months ago, we "purchased" a voucher for a free box of used children's clothes from ThredUp using some credits on our Deal Pulp account. When we signed up for an account on ThredUp they automatically sent us lots of Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes to encourage us to also list boxes of our used children's clothing.

However, since we save the majority of our kids' clothing to pass down to younger siblings, we had no use for all of the flat rate boxes we were sent.

No use, that is, until we started organizing books by subject for our first year of homeschooling. Then I saw the idea of using flat rate priority mail boxes as magazine files on Pinterest and knew that I'd be adding this tutorial to my to do list.

I forgot to take a true before picture, but here are our magazine files all lined up and functional, but not quite pretty.

I also decided to use the same type of boxes to make our own version of workboxes for homeschool use. I made these boxes with a higher front so items wouldn't fall out as easily. (Make sure you check the height of the box against the height of your shelves. I had to cut the boxes down a little so they would fit.)

**Edited to Add: I simply drew the line I wanted to cut on and cut through the box with scissors. Then I used the cut off shape to trace the lines on the rest of the boxes so they would all be the same. Then I assembled the boxes by removing the cover from the adhesive strip and folding the bottom of the box closed.

Once I had all the boxes cut I trimmed coordinating scrapbook paper to fit the fronts. I then glued the paper to the fronts and covered it with clear contact paper. I allowed for some overhang on the contact paper and wrapped it around the sides of the box. (You can see the shine of the contact paper on the workbox above.)

I also folded an extra inch or so of contact paper over the top of the front panel, and stuck it to the inside of the box.

Ah...much better, don't you think?

I still have to attach labels to the boxes, but I was glad to have the boxes ready to use and pretty for our first day of school this past Monday.
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Blogger Kim said...

Amazing idea! I am going to have to use this to reorganize our magazines! Great post!

September 8, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Thanks for the idea! I too have lots of extra ThreadUp boxes that have been sitting around! Can't wait to finally do something with them! Did you draw the lines on the boxes and then cut or just eyeball it? Did you use a box cutter or scissors? Any other tips? Thanks again!

September 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

I went back and added a few more details.

September 9, 2011 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I love it! I'm all for pretty organization :).

September 9, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Those look great! I am wanting to do something similar when I finally get my spare bedroom cleaned out and turned into a craft room. I'm halfway through the clean-out process... can't wait to get to the fun "make it pretty" part!

I have read many times that it is illegal to use new Priority Mail boxes for anything other than shipping Priority Mail. The USPS apparently says that amounts to theft of their free supplies. I'd recommend using only recycled Priority Mail boxes for this project. ;)

September 10, 2011 at 12:41 PM  

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