Frugal Crafting – Fridge Pen Holder from Scraps!

It’s the Second Coming of the Snowpocalypse in Virginia,
and I am SO OVER THE SNOW!
After kicking the kids out to freeze play,
I decided I’d do a little frugal free crafting.
(That’s what I call it when I grab stuff and just start gluing…only this time I took pictures)
What I ended up with was a Magnetic Pen Holder for my refrigerator.
Just the perfect size too!  The ones I see at the store are always too big for me, and I find my pens and pencils falling out or falling down and getting lost.
Here’s what I grabbed:

  • Old cereal box
  • Aileen’s Tacky Glue
  • Scrap Fabric I picked up on freecycle.org
  • Magnet Rounds w/ sticky backs
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • A Marker
  • 2 Paper clips

(yeah, cookies and a soda… I’m bad!)

Next I had to decide how big I wanted my holder, so I flattened the cereal box, and used my pen to eyeball how big I wanted it to be.
 
I wanted to make sure that if my pen was all alone in there it wouldn’t fall down, or fall out. So I went a bit above the middle of the pen, and then tilted it from one imaginary corner to the other and made a rectangle with my marker.
Then I used another box (yep, too lazy to find my ruler) and drew a line all the way across the box.  I cut out the entire bottom of the box.
 
I went over about a quarter of an inch from the red line and cut the box open flat.

Then I cut the bottom flat, right at the red line.  You’ll see why in a bit.

I flipped it over and laid it flat.  I marked where the folds should be. It was easy to score the lines with my ball point pen for easier folding. (the line between “flap” and “front” is where my red line is on the other side)
The last red mark is where I cut it off. 
After folding on the lines I was able to make my box.
 
I applied some glue to my flap and used paperclips to hold it together until the glue was good and tacky.

Aileen’s Tacky Glue takes no time to get really tacky, so within minutes I was ready to fold down the bottom flaps and glue them in place.

Now to start the fun part! Essentially I glued fabric onto my ‘box’ in the same way I would wrap a present with wrapping paper.  Bottom first, then sides, then front, then back.  Here are the pictures:
*ignore the magnet, i tried putting in inside the fabric, but it was a big FAIL..you’ll see the new magnet later*
 
  
  
  
There are those handy paperclips again!
  
Make sure to use a little extra glue on the edges this time!
  
The magnet on the inside didn’t work out to well, so I stuck one on the outside.  The first one  is useless!  You only need one, if you keep your box small, but apparently it needs to make direct contact with the fridge. 
  
and VOILA!!  Maybe now I can make use of all those  nifty magnetic fridge notepads I received for Christmas!  
I even managed to make this with my Bubbagirl helping:
 yep, we got crazy snow day hair 🙂
You might have noticed that I have quite a few empty boxes in that first picture! I think I’ll make a few more of these in different sizes to hold chip clips, pencils, mail, maybe even some tall skinny ones to hold wooden spoons!  Anything to clear something off my counters 🙂
Hope you liked my little frugal scrappy craft!  Please let me know what you think! And if you have a frugal crafty of your own, link it in your comment!
Happy Snowpocalypse!
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