INSIDE: How to turn a table runner into a DIY magazine rack. Re-purpose a vintage firewood holder into magazine and book storage rack.
So, this is a double whammy of a re-purposing project! What do you do when find a vintage firewood holder – that you don’t need because you live in the sizzling desert – but you love its brass bottom? And what do you do when you have a colorfully fun table runner that you no longer use? Well, you combine them together, after all.
If you have way too many magazines pilling up on your night stand (like yours truly here), you need somewhere to put that leaning tower of reading. In my effort to pay homage to my grandma and waste not, this old firewood holder was converted into a modern magazine rack. Because no one wants to be squashed by reading material in the middle of the night!
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Transform a Firewood Holder into a Magazine Rack
– Firewood holder (OR existing fabric-covered magazine rack)
– Table runner (OR durable fabric like duck cloth or home decorating fabric)
– Sewing scissors + straight pins
– Double fold bias tape
– Sewing machine
turn a table runner into a diy magazine rack
Remove the original fabric of the firewood holder. Keep it as intact as much as possible. You will use it as a template for the new liner.
Lay the table runner wrong side up. Place the original liner on top of it and trace the outline, leaving enough fabric for the fold over the hanging rods.
Apply double wide bias tape along the cut lines. Bias tape covers the raw edge of fabric as an easy cheat! Sew the bias tape in place (OR use fabric glue).
NOW, pin the folds down and sew that into place.
re-purpose table runner into diy magazine holder
Insert the hanging rods through the new fabric liner. Voila!
How fun! And now all those who-has-time-to-read-why-do-I-subscribe magazines (and let’s be honest, sometimes books) have a place to go other than gathering dust next to my bed.
What have you transformed recently? Let me know in the comments.
Other Upcycled DIY Ideas You May Like:
- Turn a metal plate charger into a DIY chalkboard sign with fabric flowers
- Upcycle a staircase banister into a gallery photo wall
- Upcycle a larger dresser mirror frame into large-scale wall art
- $20 Craigslist mid-century modern coffee table makeover
- $10 vintage suitcase turned into a wall photo display
- Vintage wooden ruler as frame for a message board
More Thrift Store Ideas!
I teamed up with some crafty friends to bring you fun thrift store ideas. Check them out below in our monthly thrift store challenge!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!