For today, I have a project I’ve been on the edge of my seat to share with you guys…the inaugural project of our Home Depot Gift Challenge!!! Each month, one of our 12 bloggers picks out an item from their local Home Depot, assigns who that month’s gift should be for (spouse, friend, parent, child, etc.), we all make a gift using the chosen item in some way, then we wrap it all up and include yet another item from Home Depot in the wrapping! Cray, cray I know.
The chosen item for this month was a copper plumbing fitting and the recipient was our spouse/partner, you know, considering we were revealing our projects on Valentine’s weekend.
I was inspired by a cool set from Anthropologie which I shared in last month’s First Week Favorites and was going to use all copper pipe but didn’t want to mess with cutting the sections, so I used copper connectors and stained wooden dowels instead. Funny thing was that halfway through making this, the husband told me he’d like to have a magazine holder by the couch, not knowing that that very item was in process 🙂
Supplies for Copper & Wood Magazine Holder
After staining my dowels (dark walnut) and letting them dry overnight, I measured how high, wide, and long I wanted mine to be (16″h x 7″w x 20″l) then made cuts with a hand saw and then a jigsaw once I could get the husband to hold the dowels for me. Yeah, the jigsaw was obviously much easier. Your cuts don’t have to be exact as the ends will be covered up about 1/2″ when slid into the fittings which is nice. They fit tightly inside the fittings so I didn’t need to glue them anywhere, although there was one dowel that was an oddball, he took the stain different and didn’t fit as snugly as the others, but whatevs.
I made sure to cut my felt wide enough so that any books or large magazines he’ll have won’t hang out, but it can be as wide or slim on the frame as you want it to be. I rolled the end over a dowel then marked where to glue so that it was snug but still gave me room to slide the dowel in after it was dry. The felt didn’t want to stick together at first so I used the dowel to press on it for a while, then placed a heavy book on it until it dried.
Once the glue was dry on both ends, I carefully slid the dowels through and reassembled, done and done! This little guy can fit quite a bit of stuff! The side braces keep it from pulling together which I was worried about.
Super easy project and you could paint or stain the dowels in any color you want and use whatever fabric you want!