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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This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

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  1. 3girlsmom on December 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

    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!

  2. Ahn on September 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    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!

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