There's nothing like a pop of color to brighten a space!
Unfortunately, when I leave them on the coffee table in my den, they end up looking like this...
I tried it with a hanger and magazine of my own, but honestly, it just looked like I put a magazine over a hanger I forgot to put away with the dry cleaning. I knew I could do better. I got right to work and came up with a few ideas, involving letters and words, to create my own magazine hanger.
If you don't have a hanger, you can take a peek at these.
I like variety and I am very big on using both sides of items to get the most of out my projects. On one side I simply used a Sharpie and wrote the word magazines. I sketched it out on my scrap paper first (I always keep the paper they use to wrap fragile items at stores) and then drew it on the hanger.
It can't get any easier than that! It's simple, but has just enough flair to take it from closet organizer to home accessory.
Happy with side number one, I flipped it over and stenciled the word library on side number two...and I hated it. It was plain and boring, so I sanded it a bit....and still hated it. Craft fail.
Then I thought it might be cute if I used old book pages to cover the wood.
I grabbed an old dictionary from the donate pile and started ripping away. I measured out small pieces, scored them with my fingernail and then tore them into the proper size to cover the front of the hanger.
Next, I brushed a coat of decoupage gel onto the hanger and placed the book scraps on it, in a pattern I desired. Then I brushed another coat of decoupage gel on top of the pages.
When it was completely dry, I took a razor blade and gently ran it along the edges of the hanger to remove any loose or overhanging pieces of paper. I am thrilled with the way this side turned out, as well!
I think it's totally charming and provides a sweet place to display my treasures. It also makes a great gift if you add it to a magazine subscription!
It was a very simple project and it did not cost me anything, since I already had the few supplies necessary in my craft cabinet.
Best of all, no one will be able to make a mess of my magazines anymore! Unless of course, they take my hanger to put away the clothes on their floor.
Oh who am I kidding? I live with teens, my hanger is safe!
However, I probably need to whip up a few coasters.
That's a much easier DIY than refinishing the coffee table in the den!
Where do you keep your magazines?