DIY Copper Magazine Rack

Here I am again babbling on about cost effective DIY projects and this time it’s the turn of the magazine rack/vinyl holder. I am particularly proud of this one because I feel that the finished product could happily mingle with fancy homewares in the likes of Anthropologie, Oliver Bonas and West Elm, it would totally fit in. In fact, I’m just going to throw it out there that this is my favourite DIY project to date.

You will need

  • Copper pipe – 2 x 40 cm, 4 x 30 cm, 2 x 20 cm
  • 8 copper elbow connectors (ensure that they are the right fit for your pipe before purchasing)
  • An adjustable pipe cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape measure and pencil
  • Strong glue
  • Fabric glue
  • 80 cm x 35 cm of stiff material
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pins and bulldog clips


How to create your magazine/ vinyl holder

  1. First things first, measure the copper pipe with a tape measure and using a pencil draw a line where the piping needs to be cut. Repeat this process until all of the sections you need to assemble your magazine rack are marked correctly on the pipe.
  2. Using an adjustable pipe cutter, carefully line the blade up with the first line of your marked measurements and adjust the cutter so that the blade comes into contact with the metal. Keeping your fingers out of harm’s way, slowly twist the pipe cutting tool around the pipe until the first section of pipe breaks away from the rest. Repeat this step until you have all of the pieces you need to begin assembling the frame.
  3. You may find that the edges of the pipe have splintered. Using some sandpaper buff away the sharp splinters until you have a smooth edge.
  4. Assemble your holder using the copper piping segments and copper elbow connectors. Glue the frame together in stages leaving the two top bars loose so that you can slot your fabric onto the frame with ease. For this step, you may want to use a tape measure or a guide to ensure that you glue the frame into a straight position.

Making the Pouch

  1. Cut your fabric down to size (80 cm x 35 cm) with a little excess material so that you can fold over the edge and use fabric glue to conceal frayed material.
  2. Draping the fabric over the frame, fold the fabric over the top bars creating loops to hold the weight of the magazines/ vinyl. Taking your bulldog clips and fabric pins, secure the loops in place so that they can slide off the top copper bars. Glue or sew the fabric loops so that they are secure and then slide them back onto the frame.
  3. Once you’re happy with the position of the fabric, use the strong glue to attach the top two copper bars to the copper elbow connectors and the rest of the frame.

I hope that you love your new magazine holder as much as I love mine. Share your photos with me on Instagram using the hashtag #cloclocreative.

Chloe x



One thought on “DIY Copper Magazine Rack

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s