Literacy Craft Tutorial: DIY Musical Magazine Holder


This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is MUSIC/MUSICA. The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Dariela Cruz who publishes the site,

Magazine holders are so useful. I never think of them for the kids’ room, but even if the kids don’t have any magazines, they always have coloring books, reading workbooks, math workbooks, or notebooks that can definitely be organized better inside a magazine rack.

This magazine rack is made out of a cereal box, some scrapbooking paper and stickers. It is very easy to make and the kids can help, too. This one has a musical theme and can be very useful for storing sheet music and/or music notebooks. There are many wonderful designs of scrapbooking paper available for each kid’s preference. Guide them through this craft and they will love making something useful for their own room!


  • A cereal box wide enough to fit a magazine
  • 2 sheets of scrapbooking paper
  • Decoupage glue (matte or glossy is ok)
  • A brush to apply the glue
  • Scissors and/or a craft knife
  • A ruler
  • A permanent marker
  • Musical stickers


Grab the empty cereal box and place a magazine on top of it.

Make marks with the permanent marker on one side of the box a little bit higher than the magazine height, and on the other side make a mark a little bit lower than the half of the magazine’s total  height.


Draw a line joining both marks then continue on the other side with the help of a ruler.

With scissors (or craft knife) carefully cut the box along the marked lines.


The structure of the magazine holder is done. Now to decorate it!

Use the first scrapbooking paper and lay the box on top of it. This paper will cover only two sides of the box. With a pencil, mark the paper leaving space for flaps on every side and the top and bottom. They don’t need to be precise, just make sure you have them all, then cut along your marks with scissors.

Once the paper is cut, apply the glue with a brush to one entire side.

Glue the paper around the 2 sides of the box.

Mark, cut, and glue the second scrapbooking paper the same way as the first, but don’t leave flaps on two sides so that the border of the paper is exactly aligned with the border of the box.

Once the whole magazine holder is wrapped with paper apply the decoupage glue all over it and let it dry for a couple of hours.

Cut a small rectangle of scrapbooking paper and place it on the inside of the back of the magazine holder. This part will show even when the magazines are inside it.

Now it’s time for the fun part! Let the kids use the stickers and have fun decorating the magazine holder! Use them on the thin sides of the box, which are the ones that will show most often when it’s in use.








Dariela is a Venezuelan mom and graphic designer currently living in San Diego, CA. She blogs at Mami Talks, where she shares the day-to-day as a mom of her 6 year-old son Adrian and 3 year-old daughter Maya. In her blog you can always find fresh ideas, crafts and inspirations filled with lots of photography. She is passionate about family, culture and anything art related. Connect with Dariela on twitter:  @darielacruz, Facebook, Google+ or her Design Blog.


  1. Ekvira Munoz says

    It is really a good idea. Beside, easy it is cheap and teach the children to do recycling.. I love it.
    Thanks for giving us such a nice ideas.

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