Sorter Boxes for Magazines


journal entry:

Ahhh.  Sorting things.  One of my favorite pastimes.  I bought these cardboard sorter boxes at The Distribution Center. { The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints } The centers are open to the public.  They come flat and unassembled for one dollar each.  You simply tuck in the tabs on the bottom and start decorating.  Each box will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Here is what you will need:


  • cardboard sorter boxes
  • 2 pieces of 12×12 cardstock paper per box
  • a pattern { which is easy to make }
  • a heavy- duty glue stick
  • an ink pad to distress the edges
  • brackets for the front of each box
  • brads to hold the brackets on
  • a crop-o-dile punch or very pointed sharp scissors



Measure the surfaces with a ruler and make a pattern out of plain cardstock.

You will make three pattern pieces as shown in step one.

On the first of two pieces of paper, trace all three pattern pieces as shown.

On the second paper trace another large surface piece facing opposite of the other.

Trace another long narrow piece for the inside of the box.

Hold an ink pad in your hand and distress the edges of each piece of paper.

{ I have gone through several Color Box ink pads in Cocoa color. It is my favorite. }





Step five is to cover the surface thoroughly with a glue stick

and quickly put the paper in place.

Step six is to add the rest of the paper pieces until all five are in place.

{ You can see that I cut my pattern pieces slightly smaller than the surfaces.

I like the way it looks }

Hold the bracket in place and make two little marks.

Use a crop-o-dile  {if you have one}  or sharp little scissors to punch two holes.

Fasten the bracket onto the box with brads.




An afterthought:

How about book box sorters for kids’ schoolwork or cook-book sorters for mom?

“I’m on it !”

– Grandma –


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