Today is Sunday, so it’s time for some fun! At incredibly irregular intervals, WisTo will be blessing your Sundays, otherwise known as pre-Mondays, with something lovely and fun that isn’t hurriedly finishing next week’s homework in an hour. How lovely and fun does that sound? They’ll be called Sunday Funday because it’ll be on Sundays and they are gonna be fun hahahaha how smart is that?! *everyone laughs hysterically*
Today, I’ll be showing you how to make a magazine file. Magazine files are for filing magazines (surprise surprise) and other publications/paperwork that may go stray and fly around one’s bedroom if they are left loose. Magazine files are especially convenient for filling homework, textbooks and worksheets because they keep it all in one area, and the magazine files are easy enough to remember and locate. If done right, you won’t need to stop and think about whether you kept your work in your school bag or downstairs or under your bed or in the hamster’s cage because they’re all in one place!
Magazine files can be purchased from most stationary stores for a price higher than they should be, seeing they are normally in one solid colour with zero appliqué and thinner than insert-name-of-something-really-thin-like-breadsticks (mmmmm, breadsticks.) But why spend money on paperwork storage when you can make it all by yourself for practically/literally nothing?
That’s why I’m going to show you how to make one for yourself!
What you’ll need:
An empty cereal box – if it’s yet to be empty, just tell your parents that you’re having the rest of the cereal for *artistic purposes* and proceed to eating that cereal.
A pair of scissors
A ruler (preferably a 30cm one)
Coloured paint (or paper)
Masking tape – if you don’t have any, stick with sellotape. Haha, stick. It’s funny ‘cos it sticks?
Even more coloured paper, if you’re not using paint. If you are, you’ll just need a little less sheets.
Decoration eg. Glitter, stickers; appliqué and coloured pens
A Maths’ compass
1) First things first, you need to open up the cereal box so it’s flat out.
This is because decorating the brownish card on the inside is a lot easier than decorating over the glossier card that’s normally on the outside. (You can, of course, be motivated by your Sunday Funday creation every morning by looking at the logo of your favourite cereal. That’s an obvious alternative.)
To open it up, look for the narrow tab that connects one of the smaller rectangles on the cuboid to the larger one. There’s only one, so you don’t need to look too hard! Peel it off ever so carefully, and you’ll see it detaches pretty easily. Here’s a pic of Cornflakes’ one:
2) Score the crease.
Next, bend the tab along the score backwards and forwards so you have a distinctive crease like in the above image. If it’s really stiff, you can put a ruler along the inside of the bend (the inside being the glossier side now) and drag the point of a Maths’ compass along it.
3) Secure the two side tabs together.
Tugging on the tab, pull the two tabs you just separated and glue them together so that it’s exactly like how it was when you started, just inside out and with the top and bottom flaps out. If glue isn’t strong enough, you can use masking tape instead. If you don’t have masking tape you can use sellotape, but you have to stick it from the inside along the part the two tabs meet. You have to tape it by sticking your arm into the box, because you won’t be able to paint over it if you do it any other way!
4) Now we’re going to do the same thing again, but with the bottom tabs.
If you have ordinary sellotape, you can cut the hassle this time by putting it on the outside. The bottom doesn’t need any decoration as it’s better off being flat and sturdy.
5) Time to cut off the top tabs!
Turning the inside-out cereal box onto its un-taped top, you can score along the creases – once on the brown side, another on the glossy side.
Then, you get your pair of scissors along this obvious crease you just defined with your maths’ compass and cut the flaps off.
Just cut all of them until all four are gone – then make sure you put the card in recycling if you have no intention of re-using it! #savetheenvironment
6) Mark where you’ll cut the opening.
The next two steps are the most complicated bit of the tutorial – but if you do this okay you’ll get onto the fun parts! We are deciding how far out and how low down the slot we’ll insert our work in will be. This will require your discretion and personal judgement because it pretty much depends on your cereal box of choice.
To do this, lay your box on one side and lay your ruler against it, getting a clear visualisation of how it’s going to appear once you’re finished. It doesn’t matter whether you start on the short side or the longer length, but I recommend the shorter side first as it leaves room for fewer mistakes. As you can see, it is 10 cm along…
You’ll have to note down the measurements from the first side because you are now going to flip the box onto the other side and do the exact same thing with the exact same measurements.
If it doesn’t appear like it’s the right size, rub out the pencil dot/dash and do it over again!
7) Draw the lines from the points.
Firstly, you need to connect them from where the point touches the very edge of the box so you have a straight line. You’ll do it on the other side as well.
Next, turn the narrow panel (the one where the two triangles lean towards) and draw a dash where the two triangles touch it. You’ll see they are parallel to each other: draw a line to connect them together.
8) Cut out the trapezium.
Follow the line with your scissors, once down the hypotenuses (the long, uncut side) of the triangles on the larger sides, then along the bottom line that connects the two.
That’s it! That’s all the boring bits over and done with! Isn’t that great? Here’s how it looks now:
9) Paint/decorate the outside of your box!
I painted one side of my box a candyfloss pink, and slapped the glittery pink bouba-shaped things on it whilst it was still wet, so I didn’t have to use any glue. Here’s a picture!
On the other side, I mixed blue paint with silver glitter paint and, with an old sponge, slathered it all over that side. Then, I stuck some googly eyes on it ‘cos LOL why not.
If you wanted to use coloured paper instead of paint, lie your creation on the paper, trace around it, cut it out and stick it on the cereal box with a glue stick. Then, you can decorate it however you want!
Plus, most magazine files have a little slot where you can take a piece of card out, write your name, then slip it back in. How dull is that?? Instead, I used lettered beads. You could use marker pens; foam letters or anything else to spell your name – or just about anything you want ‘cos it’s YOURS.
10) Let it dry.
This is very important if you’re using paint because it’s virtually impossible to do anything with it if you haven’t let it dry. Just leave it outside or on a large window pane… just make sure the wind/rain doesn’t destroy it!
P.S. To the people who had sellotape and had to tape the inside, when it’s all dry you can tape up and keep it all together!
11) Take the measurements for the inside.
This step is optional, but if you want the interior of your magazine file to stop looking like a cereal box and start looking like your fun artistic piece then this is a good step. All you have to do is measure along the perimeters of your magazine file. You don’t have to stick your arm inside, just do it from the outside!
If you want to cover the interior’s bottom, just put your magazine file on a piece of paper and trace around it. I did this in the below image.
12) Convert these measurements onto the paper.
If the dimensions are bigger than the paper, who cares! Draw it out anyway, and the bits around the lines you’ve drawn will probably be enough to paste along the outside.
Just cut out everything you can, stick it in, and fill in the gaps after. It’ll look like a lovely mosaic-glass-window-type thing once you’re done, so don’t pressure yourself to make it look *immaculate*.
13) There is no eleventh step because YOU’RE DONE!!
You deserve a gazillion breadsticks.
You’ll come back next Sunday, right? *forces you to nod*