Comic Book Magazine Files

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finishedoliverboxI found a set of 5 cardboard magazine files at Ikea for $1.50. That’s a deal that can’t be beat, and I was in need of portable storage for my sewing books. So I purchased them knowing I could do something to make them more visually interesting.

I decided to cut cover them in comic book panels. And of course, it was very easy and quick to have a few covered magazine files. Basically, you’ll put your magazine file together, cut out some comic panels, glue them down, and add a final sealing layer of glue to finish.

What you’ll need:

  • Mod Podge or other Decoupage glue (I used glossy)
  • Magazine files like Flyt from Ikea
  • Comic books or magazines for images. The thinner the paper you use the better it will fold and adhere to the box
  • Sponge or paint brush to apply glue

First, you’ll need a comic book to cut your images from. I initially chose Green Arrow and Hulk. Green Arrow because he’s been my favorite for 10 years, and in my zealous collecting I have duplicates of his books from various ages. The Hulk because I raided the dollar comicbin to decoupage a pair of shoes a while back, and I still had some good issues. After I started, the daughter wanted a Captain America box, of course, remember her curtains?Point is pick your favorite character and hit either your duplicates or a cheapbin at the local comic shop, don’t spend very much on this stage, or the project will suddenly be very expensive.

Flip through the book you are cannibalizing to make sure you’ll have enough to cover your box. While I love Ollie, his books had a lot of dark panels that didn’t suit the project, and I had to cut from several to get enough to cover the boxes. The Hulk, on the other hand, pretty much allowed me to retell the story from a single comic, and all of the images came from it. I even had a panel where Betty kisses Hulk. Score! I couldn’t find a good panel of Dinah and Ollie together in the grouping I had. Sniff!

Gather a group of panels together that will line the box.

Gather a group of panels together that will line the box.

These panels are ones I really liked. So I set them aside to highlight the file box.

These panels are ones I really liked. So I set them aside to highlight the file box.

I even laid out the panels in a attractive order over my magazine file before applying the glue.

I even laid out the panels in an attractive order over my magazine file before applying the glue. Overlapping and planning how you will address the edges and corners is a must. I planned on bending around the sides as uneven layers. Of course, I didn’t end up gluing the panels down exactly the way I planned. Oh well!

The comics I used were from the early 1990s and so they were made of newsprint. When glue is applied, the newsprint, and other thin paper, becomes very pliable. It folds well over the edges and around corners nice and flat, but it you want to add dimension it takes to that as well too. Just make sure that when you finish laying your panels down that you go over them one last time with a layer of glue. Once that layer is down add your “standout” panels and glue them down as well. Again covering the paper with glue over the top.

One last layer of Mod Podge gives the box a bit of extra stability and seals all the edges.

One last layer of Mod Podge gives the box a bit of extra stability and seals all the edges.

After the glue has dried, sit back and enjoy your handiwork.

All the glue dried clear and shiny giving the panels a vibrancy that didn't have before.

All the glue dried clear and shiny giving the panels a vibrancy that didn’t have before.

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