DIY Home Decor – Magazine Holder

Hey there!  To me, nothing quite beats drinking a cup of coffee and reading through magazines in the fall!  I love fall, fall decor and fall decor magazines and I’m loving this DIY Magazine rack that I made to display magazines in our family room!

DIY-Magazine-HolderIt has a lot of my decor favorites, gray, rope and chalkboard paint!  It was super easy to make, all you need is a drill and it cost me under $20!

This is also the project that I was inspired to make for the Scotch Blue, Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop Party!  Oh, I should also mention we are holding a giveaway for a $200 Home Depot Gift Card!  More on that later!  Whoop 🙂
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So, here’s how I made the DIY Magazine Holder!

BoardsI started by purchasing a 1×16 @ 4ft. project panel and a 1×12 @4 ft.

measurementsCut 3 – 1×12 @ 15″.  If you don’t have a saw, just have your hardware store make these cuts!

Rustoleum-GraniteNext, I spray painted the 1×16 and 1×12’s with Rust-Oleum Granite.  Spray paint the front and backs of the 1×12’s.

cup-hooks-and-hingesI also purchased a package of 7/8″ cup hooks and a 3 sets of 2 1/2″ hinges.

installing-hingesI installed 2 hinges on the back of each 1×12, 1 1/2 inches from each side.

installing-dividersNext, I flipped the 1×12’s over and attached them to the 1×16 with the hinges.  I marked the center of the 1×16 and attached the middle board first.  Then, I just eyeballed the top and bottom boards.

predrill-holesNow, using a 10mm drill bit, I drilled 1 hole in the top corner of each 1×12.  I put mine 1″ from the top and side.

predrill-for-cup-hooksNow, using a 1/16″ drill bit, I drilled through the holes in the 1×12 through to the 1×16 board.  This is just a small hole for the cup hooks so you don’t need to drive the bit very far.

install-cup-hooksTo follow up, just screw a cup hook in to each hole.  Finish twisting with the open end of the cup  hook facing the top of the 1×16.


tie-knot-in-ropeI purchased a roll of Sisal Rope and cut 6 14″ pieces and tied a knot at the end of each piece.

attach-rope-to-cup-hooksThread each piece of rope through the hole in the 1×12, tie a knot at the other end (I put my knots 5″ apart) and hook the middle of the new knot onto each cup hook.

Now for some fun!

mark-for-chalk-labelI decided to put chalkboard labels on each magazine holder.  To do this, I marked off a 5×3 rectangle, right in the middle of each board, with a pen and a ruler.

Edge-Lock Now, using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tapetape-off-for-labelsI taped off around the 5×3 rectangle.

extra-tapeand added more tape to prevent overspray!

Rust-Oleum-Chalkboard-Spray-PaintI sprayed two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint in the middle of each rectangle

Spray-Chalkboard-Paintlet it dry

peel-tape-offand peeled the tape away!

DistressingAs an after-thought, I decided to distress the edges.  This step would be best to do before you add the rope and hardware but I didn’t know if I wanted it distressed at that time.  I used my Ryobi Corner Cat to distress every edge.

That was it!



A quick, easy and cute way to display all of my magazines for the Fall!  I’m thinking my guests will love this too 😉

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  • 3girlsmom

    My husband and I just constructed a craft corner for our girls with a craft table, peg board, etc. I wanted some art portfolios where they store finished projects, but I didn’t want to clutter the craft table or shelves. By enlarging the dimensions, this would work well for hanging art files in the corner. Thank you!

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  • Ahn

    You can also use a strip of recycled leather as the hinge. Just glue it on to both pieces. This will stop the ‘fall through’ also. My Dad made a notebook for me when i was in 6th grade. He made it of plywood and leather hinges. It was cool then and is still cool now, although its an antique now!

  • Lindsay SHinn

    I love this!! gray and chalkboards are two of my favorite things 🙂

  • Jill Wilhelm

    I refinish furniture also…love all of your projects! So of course I love to paint old finds but painting anything makes me happy and since I am moving into a new place there are LOTS of projects to do!

  • Collette Whitley

    I love this idea. I want to make it to put my magazines by my bath tub.

  • stegel

    I like big home projects; new flooring, new deck (building it now). I am not always crafty, but projects like this make me want to be.

  • Cara Allen Martin

    I love this! I’m going to make it ASAP!! I love your blog and sometimes feel like a stalker! Haha. I’ve made so many things I’ve found on your blog.

  • Mark&Melyssa

    Mine is definitely a kitchen island I made with a friend! Go Kreg Jig!

  • Amanda Bruce

    This is such a creative idea! I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  • D Wheeler

    I wasn’t to make this to sort my kids school papers and another one for the mail! Awesome!

  • Sara Parten

    Love this! Super easy and adorable!

  • Mary

    Love this project would to give it a try…thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kathy Gehrig

    I have the perfect spot for this project! My favorite most of all is the DIY Dining Table for only $65!!!

  • Toni Kwaiser

    One of the cutest things you’ve made! I think I can even do this 🙂

  • Katelyn Rankin

    I just finished making a framed chalkboard (with the help of the kreg jig – best tool EVER!) that I want to add some type of holder to, so this is perfect! My favorite DIY is anything I can build or make from scratch. I love the challenge and satisfaction of knowing I did it and got what I wanted within my price range. I’ve always been “crafty” but you Shanty ladies have helped give me the courage and the know-how to try things I was always scared to before. Thanks for always sharing!

  • Corey Rollison

    excited to make this some day soon!

  • Katie Brooks

    I really want to make your coffee table on wheels, but paint it a vibrant color!

  • AutumnOstlund

    Cute! I think I need one of these… I just need to figure out where to put it!

  • Leesa Miller

    That magazine holder is such a great idea. Something useful and decorative too. And it looks pretty easy to make too.

  • Deanna

    what a great idea !!

  • Eva Smith

    Love it!

  • Linda Petteys

    I love the DIY Wall Art – Pallet Design – I would love to try it myself and then of course admire it every day!

  • Darla

    I LOVE anything organizing DIY! I need this giveaway so badly! I would make a Command/Mudroom in my Foyer!

  • Eliska Schneider

    Did you hang it with sawtooth hangers?

  • Tyann Corbett

    So cute!! Love the color and how the rope is tied (hehe) into the whole thing!

  • meganbullington

    I love all of your ideas! My kids and I are tackling the Mason Jar Planter this week!

  • jenny

    I love transforming a room with paint!

  • John S

    My wife would absolutely love this. Thanks for the easy instructions on how to make it! Surely I have some scrap pine that would work for this!

  • Mike

    Great, another thing I MUST make. Nice work!

  • Beth Minch Dover

    Love this! So far, my fave DIY build has been Ana White’s laundry basket dressers – I made 2 that serve as my laundry room DIY counter to hold my drill, battery chargers, and is a nice work surface when it’s clean 🙂

  • Marion

    Very cute – just pinned a magazine holder today – but I’m loving the rope on this one!

  • Rory Sedlacek Reding

    This is the cutest and most functional idea ever!!! Love Home Depot!!!

  • Janet

    I just made your pegboard last week for my tools and now working on the kreg workbench. So everything I make of yours becomes my fav….

  • Theresa McClure

    I made the tilt out trash can holder…Love it. Going to make another one for the recycle now!

  • Laura M

    I can see this holder on my patio – where I love to read
    Thank you

  • Melissa

    My favorite DIY project was my dining room table – it turned out exactly how I wanted.And what perfect timing for this post! I literally just picked up a new desk off Craigslist to redo and we may be needing some inbox-es on the side. This will work perfectly! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Terah Harris

    I’m soooo trying this!

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  • Heather Smith

    Love this! You could even make it for kids’ papers or mail or bills. Love all your tutorials!

  • Mindi

    This is such an awesome project! I would even say one of my faves, right now!

  • Lucy

    Great idea! I especially like the price… under $20!!

  • Angie Thomas

    I love everything on the website. I have gotten so many ideas and made several things for my new home. I pick a new room to remodel just so I can use the ideas i found here. Thank you!

  • Alissa Lines

    I was just thinking this morning how I need to organize and de-clutter all of my paper! This is perfect. I never would have thought to add hinges. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  • Lisa Baumgarten

    That would be perfect for my daughter room for the odd size books.

  • Elise

    This would be great for my teenage son for all his papers!

  • Michelle Anchel

    This is so cute!! I just recently discovered your blog and I want to make all of your projects. Thanks

  • Fabulous! I’m glad you distressed at the end. It really made the look.

  • Jessica Rackham

    Oh I love this!!!!!! I tried soo hard to figure something like this out. THANK YOU for sharing

  • Emma Strobelt

    I really want to make some decorative wall pieces just like this!

  • Carla Gaskin Mautz

    I am totally going to get my hubby to make this for me. Love it!!

  • Ashlee Bradshaw Barnhill

    Restoration Hardware table knock off. Love it!

  • love this. definitely making one of these for the new home!

  • Rachal

    I just finished making a table for my two boys. I really would love to make a bed for my oldest son. He has grown out of his toddler bed too soon for me. *sigh*.

  • I have so many magazines, I might just have to try this! I love painting just about anything I can to give something a new look!

  • Tran

    Love this idea. Have been looking for one for my husband office and kids computer room. I also loved your key holder too and had my hubby make one. Thank you.

  • Mel Mac

    Looks great! Useful as well as decorative projects are right up my alley, thanks for sharing the how to.

  • Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    That is absolutely gorgeous! I love all of the details, and it looks simple enough to try…thanks girls!!!

  • Michelle

    I am loving all of the pallet artwork out there right now & I love your hanging wall sconces too! 🙂

  • Your hanging bathroom shelf is my favorite! Almost done with mine!

  • Dori Haller

    You gals make all this look so easy! Lovin’ the magazine holder.

  • Lindsay butler

    I love transforming closets into hidden gems of awesomeness!

  • Jennifer Bailey

    I am loving all the chalkboard ideas out there right now.

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  • Kira Pope

    My favorite DIY painting project right now is this magazine holder!


    Looks good! I totally thought that was metal!

  • Elizabeth Hoskins

    This looks great! I don’t know how y’all come up with so many great ideas!

  • Alyssa Walters

    Anything that I get to use my kreg jig on is my “favorite” project! LOVE THAT TOOL!

  • Maria Rosales- Dean

    Adorable! I love making planter boxes! They are so expensive just to buy, why not make your own and then you have something you like and proud of!

  • Tammy S. Marshall

    My personal Fav is the farmhouse did an excellent job on you do with all of your your site!! 😉

  • Darby Tish

    I painted my couch over the weekend. I may have a new furniture painting addiction.

  • mellissa

    I love all the projects just need to find some time to start on them

  • Julie Smith Atwood

    I love this! I am going to make it for a homework station 🙂 Thanks for the directions 🙂

  • Jeannie Chute Welter

    I love a good DIY project!! I might have to give this a try! Super cute! I love any project that involves spray paint! 🙂

  • Melanie Knowlton Baggett

    I absolutely love this! I am currently in love with the Industrial look! My dad and I built a bookcase with wood and pipe fittings and it turned out perfect!

  • amy425

    I am loving DIY TV stands right now. I could use the $ for my next build!

  • Jaylyn

    My favorite projects have become DIY furniture projects! Love starting with natural boards and ending with a beautiful piece that I couldn’t have found in a store!

  • Sarah E.

    I don’t know if I have a favorite! I’m loving little things right now because they’re quick and easy! I love all the outdoor wood projects that have been posted lately! love them!

  • Jeff Wright


    You mention using a 7/8″ drill bit to make a small hole for the cup hooks to thread into. I think you may have the bit size wrong cause 7/8″ is a very large bit. I’m betting you meant 7/64″. 😉

    • Hey Jeff! Thanks so much:) You are so right! It was a 1/16 drill bit. The cup hooks are 7/8″ 😉 Thank you for catching that!


    My favorite project is any that involves items found on the curb.

  • Renae Johansen

    Loving your blog, now that I’ve found it. Already completed 3 of your projects and starting on a 4th this weekend. Now, to decide where my new magazine rack will go?! 🙂

  • Jessica Judyski

    I love this! I don’t have a favorite project though. I’m pretty sure I love them all. Ever since I discovered Shanty2Chic last year, I think I have pinned every.single.thing that you girls have come up with. Loveee it all <3

  • amaiken

    Adorable! I love making planter boxes! They are so expensive just to buy, why not make your own and then you have something you like and something that you are proud of!