- 70 sheets of printer paper
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Scotch tape
- X-acto knife (not pictured)
Step 1: Rolling Up the Paper Tubes
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
Repeat this step to create a second panel of the same number of paper tubes.
Step 3: Cutting the Panels
Next, with the jagged ends facing upward, measure 4 inches up from the bottom of the panel on the right side. Mark the spot with a small dash. Now, look at the jagged top of the panel. Measure 12 inches up the side and 4 inches from the left top, and draw a similar line as you did for the bottom edge that is 4 inches wide. Now place your ruler with one end on the top 4-inch mark and the other end on the lower right side of the panel's 4-in tall mark. Hold the ruler as you draw a thick diagonal pencil line connecting the marks. Do this multiple times to get a bold line.
After you have marked the panel accordingly, start cutting along the line at the lower right mark with scissors and your X-acto knife. This can be difficult, especially since the middle of the tube is the thickest part. Work carefully to saw through the layers of paper. I began with a standard X-acto knife and then switched to one with a thick handle and a square-like blade because this knife could punch easily through the layers. Continue along the line, ripping off the upper tubes as you go. Once you get to the horizontal edge line, you can return to using your scissors. You have finished cutting your paper panel!
Repeat this step for the second paper panel. After you are done cutting, you may want to erase your pencil lines for a cleaner look and touch up your glue joints.
Step 4: Gluing the Small Panels
Step 5: Cutting the Small Panels
Step 6: Assemblage
Take the back piece, and hot glue it to the back of the bottom piece. This is the hardest piece to glue because you have to wait for the glue to dry for it to be self-standing. Grab a trash can or box and lean the back piece against it. Next, glue along the bottom's side edge and the back's side edge facing you. Pick up the side and stick it firmly to the two pieces. Once this is dry, you can place the magazine file on the table with the side you just glued facing down. Touch up the glue joints with more glue for strength. Now glue along the opposite two edges than you just glued, and stick the second side down. After doing so, you can set the magazine file upright. To glue the front, squeeze hot glue onto the three inner edges, and push the short 4-inch tall front into place. Hold it there for a minute, as this finishing piece will want to pop out or bend due to the support it is adding.