One of my favorite things to do after a long day is to sit on the couch with a good magazine! Magazines are something that I have always bought and saved throughout the years. However, my love of magazines and saving those magazines has eaten away at my storage space. So, to better organize my magazines and to see if there were a few I could get rid of, I decided to come up with my own magazine storage space!

Today I will be showing you how to create a simple place to hold your magazines! Unlike most magazines holders, mine will be made out of paper mache box. The reason why I wanted to use a paper mache box was because 1) they come in different sizes, 2) they are fairly inexpensive, and 3) they can be easily customized to fit your design taste. In this case, I will be showing you how to decorate a paper mache box with a stencil. In addition to the stencil, I will also be showing you how you can label this organizer with either the name of the magazines you are storing or with the word ”magazines” itself!

So, to find out how to make your own magazine holder, keep reading below!


  • Paper Mache Box
  • Wooden Letters
  • White Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Ink Pads
  • Stencil
  • Industrial Strength Glue

Step 1: Paint your paper mache box and set it aside to dry.

Step 2: Once your paper mache box is dry, place your stencil on the side of your box. Then dip your sponge dauber into your colored ink pad and begin sponging color on top of your stencil.

Keep repeating this process until the side of your box has completely been stenciled. Once you are done coloring in your stencil, set the paper mache box aside to dry.

Step 3: Grab your wooden letters, sponge dauber, and colored ink pad. Then dip your sponge dauber into your colored ink pad and begin sponging color on top of your wooden letters.

Keep repeating this process until all your wooden letters are colored. Once you are done coloring your wooden letters, set them aside to dry.

Step 4: Flip your box lid over and glue your wooden letters along the side of the box lid. Then set the whole thing aside to dry.

When your box lid has dried, place your box inside the lid and fill it up with your favorite magazines!

Using a stencil and the colored ink pads in this project really added a nice touch to the overall look! Personally, the lampshade stencil I used in this project makes me want to pick up my magazines even more.

As I mentioned before, you do not have to use the word ”magazine” on your magazine holder. If you have a bunch of magazines that you are trying to organize, then I would suggest using the name of the magazine to label each holder. Finally, even though this is a magazine holder, you could easily use this system to organize books or even coloring books!

If you made this magazine holder, what type of stencil would you use on the side of the box?

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