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What can you do with paper? Paper is flimsy and fragile when flat, but after being rolled up and hot glued to a lot of other paper tubes, paper is remarkably strong and sturdy. Paper tubes open dozens of doors to projects, given their strength and density. Therefore, I decided to construct my own Paper Magazine File out of nothing but paper and hot glue! With this splendid paper project, not only will you have a beautiful conversation piece, but also a convenient way to store your magazines, books, and papers!

Materials:
  • 70 sheets of printer paper
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Scotch tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife (not pictured)

Step 1: Rolling Up the Paper Tubes

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First, make 70 paper tubes using the following process:

Grab your pencil and a sheet of paper. Put the pencil on the corner of the paper and start tightly rolling the paper up with the pencil inside. Once it looks like your pencil is about to be concealed entirely by the roll of paper, slide it out and keep rolling tightly until you have rolled the entire paper up. Hold the tube with one hand as you rip a piece of tape with the other. Stick it to the roll, covering up the end on the outside. Place the tube aside and reach for another sheet of paper.

Because this process is tedious, I recommend listening to some upbeat music to keep the paper rolling!

Step 2: Gluing the Side Panels

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Next, hot glue 23 paper tubes together to create a panel. To do so, start with one tube, and squirt hot glue down one side. Take another tube and stick it to the first tube, holding the pair together for a few moments to create a tight bond. Repeat this process until all 23 tubes are glued into a flat panel.

Repeat this step to create a second panel of the same number of paper tubes.
 
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