19 Clever Uses for Magazine Holders

Magazine holders can be utilised for so much more than, well …, holding magazines. Here are some ideas that show how you can repurpose these clever little storage products that not only come in cardboard versions but also in metal, wood, or plastic. The wooden ones are especially suitable to be transformed into something else.

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Magazine Holders in the Kitchen

Source: http://www.pbjstories.com/2011/08/kitchen-pantry-reveal.html

This solution doesn’t work for all tins. As always with storage supplies, measure first to avoid disappointment.

Source: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/storage/organization/affordable-kitchen-storage-ideas/#page=2

I use this storage idea in our home and I just love it! Previously, I had stored the bottles in one big container but it was a bit messy. This solution is so much cleaner and it also shows the space limits very clearly as well.

Source: http://mimiscraftyworld.blogspot.com.au

This is a very sleek solution to store onions and potatoes in your pantry. These vegetables like to be stored in an airy, dark, and cool place. Always take them out of the plastic bags.
These particular magazine holders are from Amazon.

Magazine Holder as Glad Wrap Storage

Source: http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/06/15/scrapbook-paper-organizers-in-the-kitchen/

This is a very neat solution to store things like Glad wrap, baking paper, or aluminium foil.

Magazine Holder as Cutting Board Storage

Source: http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/06/15/scrapbook-paper-organizers-in-the-kitchen/

Store your smaller chopping boards neatly in a magazine holder. I’m not sure about the plastic one used in this example. I would probably rather try with a metal or wooden one so it’s actually strong enough to stand alone.

Magazine Holder as Storage for little boxes

Source: http://www.apartmentapothecary.com/photo/ikea-kitchen-storage-solutions/

Who doesn’t love IKEA products? Well, I really like this wooden magazine holder that is used in this example to store smaller items. If you don’t want to damage your door, you could use another favourite product of mine: 3M Command hanging strips.


Magazine Holder as Storage for Paper Plates and Picnic Ware

Source: http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/rv-organizing-and-storage-hacks-small.html

Do you throw parties from time to time? How about storing your paper or plastic plates, serviettes, or even placemats in a magazine holder? As you can see in this example, a wider than usual one has been used.

Magazine Holder as Freezer Organizer

Source: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/diy-storage-ideas/

Struggling with a messy freezer? Try to use plastic magazine holders to keep it organised!

Magazine Holders as Gift Hampers

Magazine Holder as Gift Hamper

Source: http://www.anniefranceschi.com/anniemade/1250)

Well, this is quite an extraordinary idea and can of course not only be used for engagement gifts but all kinds of other gift hampers.

Magazine Holder as a Gift Hamper

Source: http://bethybrat-bloomingwhereimplanted.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/scs-box-swap-mini-magazine-holders.html

If you’re creative you can transform a simple magazine holder into a beautifully decorated gift as this example shows.

Magazine Holders in the Wardrobe

Magazine Holders as Shoe Storage

Source: http://www.hgtv.ca/photos/photo/?gid=ed71764833367af39ec95184a35a966b&pid=f45c27df6203cc2400d402c6f5f9e075&crlt.pid=camp.XinLgFbofrEl

In Aussie land people just loooove thongs and this storage idea could come in handy if you’ve got more than one pair. You could of course also use it for other flat shoes.


Magazine Holders used in your hobby / craft space

Magazine Holders for Wool Storage

Source: http://laughingpurplegoldfish.blogspot.com.au/2008/08/spring-cleaning.html

I love to knit and crochet but my stock fits into one box. However, if you do have heaps of yarn, you might like this storage option.

Use Magazine Holders in your Office

Magazine Holders used as Mail Station

Source: https://tipjunkie.com/how-to-make-a-mail-station-ikea-hack-3/

Do you need a mail station? Why not use the versatile KNUFF magazine holder from IKEA?


Magazine Holders used for Paper Storage

Source: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/07/knuff-is-e-knuff.html

Another simple yet effective idea about how spare paper can be stored in your home office.

Magazine Holders as Mail Sorting Station

Source: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/10/a-bigger-better-mail-sorter-with-knuff.html?utm_source=pulsenews&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Feed:+Ikeahacker+(ikeahacker)

This creator has been even more creative and decorated the KNUFF magazine holders. You’ll find the instructions by clicking on the link to the source.

Magazine Holder to hide Modem and Router

Source: http://www.designocd.com/2012/08/equipment-organization/

Routers or modems don’t look very good and there are a few solutions out there showing us how to hide these machines. However, I reckon none of them is as simple as using a nice magazine holder.


Use Magazine Holders for various stuff around the house

Magazine Holder to store little bits and pieces such as keys or phones

Source: http://www.designsponge.com/2008/09/diy-wednesdays-catch-all-shelf.html

Here’s another use for the KNUFF magazine holder that is rather simple but very effective. Finally there are no more excuses for losing the keys in a messy home because everything now has its place, right?!


Magazine Holders as Bedside Table

Source: http://brickcitylove.com/2009/10/27/bedside-tables/

Who would have thought that you can even make furniture out of a simple magazine holder!? Click on the above link if you’re interested in building one yourself.

Magazine Holders in your Bathroom

Magazine Holder to store your Hair Dryer

Source: http://thesuels.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/i-only-have-time-for-quick-post-this.html

An oldie but a goodie … store your hair dryer, your hair straightener, your razor, or other grooming utensils in a simple magazine holder. Whether you affix it to the door, or to the side of your vanity using 3M Command hanging strips, or just put it in the cupboard, it will keep your appliances tamed.


Things to Make from Children’s Artwork

So, you have displayed your children’s artwork, rotated and decluttered it and have digitised at least those you love most. If you have missed the two posts explaining how to do all this, have a look here: How you can display children’s artwork and How to digitise and store children’s artwork.

Finally, in this last post of the series, I share some ideas about what things you can make from children’s artwork rather than just throwing the ones you don’t want in the bin.


How to store, reuse and repurpose children’s artwork

It’s wonderful to have creative children – but where to go with all those masterpieces? Some of the artwork you will want to display, at least for a while. But then …? Especially as a fist time mum, most of us struggle to throw out anything that our babies have created. However, eventually we do have to make those tough decisions since we simply run out of space to keep it all.

Drawing smiling person

In our household we handle it like this:

  1. Artwork comes home and is either
    • displayed
    • put into a storage box for the current year (one per child)
    • repurposed or
    • recycled / thrown out
  2. At the end of the school year I empty the storage box for the current year. I then sort into three piles:
    • photograph and keep – I normally use these photos to create a calendar for christmas gifts for grandma and godparents and then store the artwork in a portfolio (one per year and child)
    • photograph and discard
    • pile to discard

This simple process works well for me because I do it at the end of the school year. This means I am less emotional in the decision making because in most cases some time has passed since the creation of the artwork.

As always, discarding doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to throw the stuff in the rubbish bin. Let me share how you can repurpose and reuse artwork instead:



Gift Wrap

Use drawings and paintings as gift wrap. If the gift is bigger than the artwork, use other paper to wrap it and use the artwork to decorate one or several sides. Or make a collage of several artworks big enough to wrap the present in.

Gift wrapped in children's artwork



Lolly or gift bags

Personalise your party lolly bags or gift bags by using neutral bags and gluing a drawing on them or fold bags with bigger drawings.

Gift bag decorated with kid's artwork




Make gift cards or thank-you cards out of the artwork by gluing it on neutral cards in a matching colour.

Picture source: www.thecraftycrow.net

Cards decorated with kid's artwork



Surprise someone

Why not send one or two to grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles, or other people that would love to receive an unexpected gift? Try to send it to people who don’t already have a house full of children’s artworks.

Watercolour painting



Photo book

Take a picture of the work in question and create a photo book. If you can part with the originals or at least most of them, it saves you from storing a lot of paper. To create a photo book you can use your photo camera or an application such as “Artkive”.

Picture source: www.artecontusmanitas.files.wordpress.com


Photo book with children's artwork



Keep them

You’ve decided to keep some of the artwork but don’t want it on display anymore. All flat creations can easily be stored in an art portfolio or another art storage folder, maybe one per child per year. The advantage is that it puts perimeters on it for you. The 3D work takes up a lot of space and, realistically, only a few if any at all can be kept on display. Therefore, keep it preferably in a clear storage container that also sets limits.



Have you got any other ideas about reusing and repurposing artwork? As always, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and share your experience.

Happy organising!



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