Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day DIY Part 2

As you know, Memorial Day was filled with some DIY fun and a bison meatloaf (ok, you didn't know that last part, but really, DELICIOUS). Some of my DIY plans got rained on, literally, but I was forced to take it easy and for that, I'm grateful. Ok, so let's get to the project.
Problem: Too many magazines and not nearly enough magazine holders.
Solution: Find some cheap ones and make them cute myself.
Here's what we bought...
Two sturdy magazine holders, on sale for $3.98 a piece at Target. Now if you like the sturdier magazine holder, you know these cost a little bit (around $12). I'm not a fan of the collapsible kind, but that's just my preference. I found a big pack of fun decorative paper at Target for $8.99. This paper is going to go a long way. I also used Mod Podge in matte finish, scissors, a pencil, small rolling pin (mostly because it's cute), foam brush, craft paper for protecting surfaces, and a beer (this part is optional but come on, it was Memorial Day!)
I meticulously cut the paper to fit each side (bigger sheets probably would have been a better option) but these worked fine. Part of the DIY fun is in the imperfections, right? Apply Mod Podge liberally and smooth out all of the air bubbles with your hands or with the superfulous but adorable rolling pin.
This project takes some patience and some precision but pretty much anyone could do it (I suggest not drinking too many beers lest you want a big mess).
I picked two different patterns for variety and opted not to line the inside because I'm not the most patient person you'll meet and they'll be magazines in there anyways.
Tah-Dah!
Now I have no excuse to leave my magazines strewn about in random places...or that's what I'll keep telling myself. Oh, and I think I might be getting kind of addicted to this decopauge thing so if you get tired of it, just let me know.
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27 comments:

The Cottage Cheese said...

These are too cute! I love that your supplies list included a beer. A girl after my own heart. Are you feeling better?

paula said...

perfect! I am in need of some more magazine holders. I think I may have a problem, but doing this works nicely.

The Professional Bridesmaid said...

Look at you, Martha! Very cute.

LipstickOne said...

its really cute and different...i'm a bit scared of patterns..but you've done it beautifully.

CTB said...

Those look great !

PS~Erin said...

They turned out so great! Love the paper you chose!

Kotori said...

These look great - you've been busy with all your DIY projects lately. So impressed.

I have to say, my favorite part is that in the first picture your photo with all your materials... nothing goes with DIY like a nice cold beer!

Blair said...

Oh, love the two different patterns. You are just so darn creative! Sorry about the rain.

Rachel said...

I love these patterns together! How creative. Great job!

pranksygang said...

wow !!!.. u are very creative!!!
you have done a gr8 job.. and thanks its really very useful to me.. cause i ve lots of magazines in my room and it looks shabby!

Hanako66 said...

They turned out adorable!!!

Kristin said...

Those are fabulous!

down and out chic said...

professional bridesmaid- i'm the martha from the other side of the tracks, you now, the one with all the tattoos!

Joanna Goddard said...

i LOVE this!!!! so creative!!!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

LOVELY!!! Love my Mod Podge too...I would kiss the inventor! ;)

heisschic said...

you certainly had a productive weekend- well done!

Diana said...

this is great too! i am loving the diy step by step instructions!

i love your shorts, too! yellow!

The Polka Dotted Owl said...

awesome!!! i know what is up with this rain? the whole weekend:( i noticed that nylon was amongst your glossies. i was thinking about subscribing to it. what do you think about it? would i like it?

Rachel Follett said...

Super cute! I am posting your fabric frames tomorrow. Yah! Have a great day!

Haven and Home said...

Those look amazing!!!!

Molly Jean said...

pretty fabulous DIY project. thanks for sharing!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Ok so I'm a little behind on my reading. I'm just getting to see your great DIY projects over the weekend. I want to try this out as well in my office.

Love the fabric you picked for the first DIY project. I know you mentioned they were Amy Butler, but what is the name on the flowered one?

down and out chic said...

the fabric you're referring to is called 'Peony in Sand' and i bought it here http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=16038732
it's gorgeous and even b really likes it!

naphtali said...

So cute! :)

Federica said...

Love those patterns! You're so creative! Wonderful job!

Quixsa said...

Great idea! Nylon is also one of my favorites!

Jackie said...

This is a fun one! Just may try it out.

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