MY DIY | Cotton Fabric, Copper & Wood Magazine Holder








I’ve always been a magazine junkie. Stacks of them were piled high in my bedroom growing up, I worked at a fashion magazine  for years, and I continue to read them religiously. It was only fitting that I create a stylish way to display my favorite reading material. I wanted a less expensive way to build a magazine rack than the all copper versions that are online, so I replaced the metal poles with wooden dowels and added copper fittings for a little shine. The entire rack came in under $15, which means more money to spend on new magazine subscriptions! Picking out the fabric was this highlight of this DIY. Cotton fabric is perfect for a project like this because it is durable enough to hold a lot of magazines and there is a variety of prints to choose from… you know I can’t resist a good black and white print! Get the how-to in the DIY video below, and find the steps and supplies after the break…


What you need:
6 1/2in wooden dowels that are 12” long
2 1/2in wooden dowels that are 10” long
Cotton fabric
Fabric glue 
8 1/2in copper elbow fittings

What you do:
Step 1: Attach 3 of the long dowels together (as shown in the picture) using the copper fittings. Reinforce them with some E6000. Repeat this step using the last 3 long, wooden dowels.
Step 2: Insert the small wooden dowels into the copper fittings at the bottom of the structures that you previously made. Attach using glue and let dry.
Step 3: Measure the distance between the copper fittings at the top of the structure and cut a piece of cotton fabric that will fit in between the two ends.
Step 4: Crease the sizes of the fabric inward and iron to create a crisp hem. Glue the fabric down using fabric glue.
Step 5: Turn your structure so that the base is facing upward and create a loop around it with the fabric. Glue both ends of the fabric together and let dry.
Step 6: Once dry, flip the structure right side up and slide in your favorite magazines.

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  1. brilliant. thanks for sharing your tutorial! i set a link and hope you agree.

    best wishes, doro von Hand zu Hand

  2. coeurdelisa says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Your magazine holder looks so pretty 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    This is amazing! I knew you would come up with a brilliant tutorial when I saw the inspirational post earlier this week. Thanks for that!

  4. Luisa says:

    Oh, it’s so beautiful! You knwo what – for almost half a year, there is a two meter copper pipe standing in our guest bathrooom waiting to become a magazine stand… Now that I see yours, I got the motivation back to work on that.
    Thanks 🙂

  5. Jenna Abbott says:

    This is brilliant. So simple yet so stylish!

  6. This is great, I love it! I like the copper is starting to become the next big metal, it looks great with white!

    X Min,

  7. Laura Wize says:

    I love the simple line and the fabric!!! This is so needed in my house and stack of magazines!

  8. Brittany Bly says:

    This is a great DIY. I love your choice of fabric.

  9. Shawnda says:

    I love this, but I have a feeling that in my house, it’d become a ferret hammock and the magazines would be pushed onto the floor. 😉 Really nice though. I love the copper accents.

  10. sherry says:

    This is so cute. Love the colors. Could you use it for knitting projects? Putting yarn and knitting needles in.

  11. Wow! Really great diy, we love it so much here in the studio, thank you so much for shareing it! Lots of hugs,

    Mr. Wonderful

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