Obsessed with keeping your stuff organised or just can’t help your workspace overflowing with books, magazines and coursework? We have a fun, resourceful and super-cheap solution for you…
You might have guessed from the name of this post that a cereal box will be needed. But that shouldn’t be an issue right? after all, who doesn’t love cereal?
Some other things you might need include:
- A pen
- A ruler (or anything that’ll help you to draw a straight line)
- Some kind of glue
- An old magazine or any kind of colourful paper
Step 1: To get the basic shape of the file holder, turn the box upside down and draw a line about halfway down one side of the box, and another about a third of the way down on the other side. Join up the two lines on the front and back of the box
Step 2: Cut along the lines! Hopefully you should get something that looks like the box in the image above. If you’ve done it right you’ll have a file holder with the bottom open, there’s a reason for this, so just tape up the bottom and move on to the next step.
Step 3: The reason you have used the open end of the box in the file holder is so that you can use the end that is still intact to stabilise and strengthen the bottom of your file holder. So just cut out the original bottom of the cereal box and keep hold of it.
Step 4: Depending on your level of devotion you have to the brand of cereal emblazoned on the box you are using, you can either stop now (and have an object that will forever symbolise your undying love of Weetabix) or you can carry on and customize your file holder with whatever you can get your hands on. We decided to cover our file holder pages from the usually stylish, and always free ‘Stylist Magazine’.
Step 6: Cover your file holder with your chosen paper. You can use pritt stick or PVA, or even sellotape for this. Start by covering the ‘stabiliser’ piece; it’ll help you get to grips with using the right amount of paper for the size of the panel you are covering. It’s also a good place to practice making sure the paper stays smooth and wrinkle free, which is something a little bit more tricky than first anticipated.
Step 7: Put your stabiliser piece in the bottom of the box and be prepared to repeat the process on the outside of the magazine holder.
Step 8: When covering the box, you can either use whole pieces of paper or go for the collage approach.
Step 9: Finishing Touches. Tuck in, fold over, trim, and glue down any excess paper and you’re done.
That’s it! now you just need to wait for the glue to dry and throw in some magazines, books, important documents, and anything else you want to look ‘organised’.