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Live.Laugh.DIY Copper Magazine Rack

Copper is all the rage these days. I have to control myself anytime I walk into West Elm, Target, World Market, Homegoods…and the list goes on and on. My sister-in-law and I have been wanting to make these copper pipe magazine racks for awhile now. My magazines have always lived piled high in a wicker basket next to a living room recliner, and it was time for a stylish upgrade.

Materials Needed:

  • Two 1/2″ copper pipe, 20” long
  • Four 1/2″ copper pipe, 12” long
  • Four 1/2″ copper pipe, 7” long
  • Four 1/2″ copper pipe, 4” long
  • Four 1/2″ copper Ts
  • Four 1/2″ copper Ls
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Metal glue (Optional but recommended because without it the pipes will twist and come apart if you move the rack – I used gorilla glue because I already had it at home.)
  • 36” x 18” piece of fabric (I chose a $3 piece of pleather fabric – and it looks amazing!)
  • Sewing machine, fabric tape, or fabric glue

Note: 10’ and 2’ lengths of 1/2″ copper pipe will provide all of these pieces, with a little bit left over. This was the most cost-effective method.

Measure and cut each of the lengths from above and assemble the rack. The 20” pipes will be where your fabric is hung, so don’t glue those just yet. Take your fabric and fold the two short ends in 1 ½”. Sew the fold so that a large enough loop remains to slide the 20” pipe through. If you don’t have a sewing machine, carefully glue the fabric. Be sure to only glue the edge so that enough space remains to slip your 20” pipe in once your fabric glue has dried.

Assemble your rack with the fabric sling. Glue your final 20” pipes in place, and add your stack of magazines!

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