Hello you wonderful people,
I’m so so sorry it took me so long to finally post another DIY project. I had some trouble with my last DIY project.
My last project – I wanted to build a concrete lamp – did NOT quite work out how I wanted it to:
BUT I’m still working on it because we are still missing a lamp in our hallway and I still want that missing lamp to be made out of concrete ;) So just stay tuned – the concrete lamp is coming!!
Meanwhile I found another fun DIY – this beautiful copper magazine stand.
I found this link on pinterest and unlike some other pinterest-projects that we all pin and never do ( we all have those project that look just so awesome on pinterest and somehow never make it into our lives), this one I really wanted to try out and I’m very glad I did!!
If you’re as great a copper fan as I am and also don’t know where to put all you magazines (I buy at least 5 a month and we get a regular newspaper too :D :( ) -> this is the right project for you.
You don’t need a lot of things:
- 3 m copper pipes (I used the ones with 18 mm diameter)
- a special pipe cutter or just a regular saw
- 8 * 90° copper pipe elbows (same diameter as the pipes)
- around 7 m of hem tape 2 cm wide (I could only find 3,5 cm wide tape and I would not recommend it)
- a ruler
- fabric (44,5 cm x 147 cm)
Use the pipe cutter or saw to make
- 2* 43 cm long pipes
- 4* 35 cm long pipes
- 2* 23 cm long pipes.
Whichever tool you use to cut the pipes make sure you don’t squash the pipes because then you will have trouble fitting them into the elbows. So be careful cutting the pipes into the right length.
Build up the copper pipe structure with the elbows and the pipes. The 23 cm long pipes are the bottom ones, on each end a 35 cm pipe is going upward. Then the 43 cm pipes are used to connect both sides with each other. Like this:
Cut the fabric into the exact measurements needed (44,5 cm * 147 cm) . Turn on your iron, you will need it very soon.
Now measure the hem tape on the outside of the fabric. You will need around 2 * 145 cm of hem tape for the long sides and 2* 43 cm of them tape for the short sides. You should start with the application on the long sides of the fabric. Lay the hem tape on the hem of the long side and iron it onto the hem, turn the hem in and iron it on again. After applying hem tape on both long sides, it is the short sides turn. Proceed as you did with the long side.
Now remove the 43 cm long pipes from the framework you just built (- don’t worry you get to build it up again in a minute ;) ) . To get your fabric right fold the short edges into the middle and make them overlap by around 2 cm (or however wide you want your hem to be).
Put the 43 cm long copper pipes into the folded fabric and place them on the end of each side. Measure 3 parts of hem tape again -> 2 * circa 70 cm pieces of hem tape and 1* 43 cm of hem tape (these are roughly measured and depend on your fabric and pipe diameter etc. ).
Iron the hem tape into the fabric again to make sure the fabric is holding together. Again – first ironing the long sides. Second iron the hem tape in the overlapping middle part, since this will be the bottom of your magazine holder make sure it is holding together really really well!!
This is how the inside of the fabric should look like:
And this is how the outside should look: (well not exactly, mine is not as straight as I wanted it to be but it was my first time building it too so I will make sure next time I hem and iron better!!)
Build your framework back up and ta-da: you just build your very own copper-pipe-magazine-stand :)
Take all the magazines lying around in your apartment and just throw them in your new magazinestand :)
I know this DIY isn’t the easiest so if you have any questions or whatsoever feel free to contact me, I would love to help you out :)
♥ Kathrin Luisa