Book Page Magazine Hanger

May 22, 2014


magazine Display


I am a sucker for a beautiful magazine cover.  I am a very visual person and before, during and after I read them, I like to keep magazines around the house and use them as seasonal accessories in various rooms.

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...


 ...no matter how many times I beg my family not to use them as coasters or doodle pads.  So when I saw a cute idea on Pinterest that employed a simple hanger as a holder, I was intrigued!

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.

Magazine Holder
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I grabbed a knotted wooden pant hanger, from my closet. I believe this one used to have clips on it and they broke off. You can remove the clips or leave them on if you like.

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.

Crafty Mother's Day Gift

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.

Magazine 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?



   

57 comments:

  1. It's a great idea! That's the way my magazines look. I went to throw one of them out, because it was written over, and I find out a school assignment was written on it, because she couldn't find paper! I have tons of paper!

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    1. I find the same thing, Su, numbers, homework, music notes, scribbles!! I finally gave up! Glad to hear I'm not alone! ;)

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  2. Now you absolutely know I flipping over this Kim! I too love magazines....and you know my love for anything book "pagey."
    Best wishes for an Extraordinary Memorial Day and weekend.

    p.s. be sure to come by and link up to Project Inspire{d} this coming Monday...the party starts at 8 PM ET.

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    1. I knew you would like this one, Diane! ;)

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  3. Aren't you smart!! You could use pretty scrapbooking paper too. I think that would be cute to put in a guest rooms. If somebody sits a glass on my Cottage Journal there's going to be BIG trouble around here!!

    I keep my magazines on the coffee table - with coasters next to them. There are more in baskets in various places around the house. For awhile I wasn't getting too many but my aunt got offers to give a free subscription to someone for several of her magazines. So...more are coming. The Cottage Journal and Southern Living are my faves.

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    1. Great minds, Stacey ~ I was originally thinking of scrapbook paper, something really colorful maybe! I just started getting Cottage Journal! My sister sent it to me for my birthday and I love it! :) If it gets messed up now, it's because I've been reading it over and over again!

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  4. What a great idea Kim! Once again you have come up with an idea to help keep thing nice and organized! Thanks for sharing your idea. I keep mine in a basket next to the coach. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie! I really just took someone else's idea and made it my own ~ something that suits me a bit more! :)

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  5. Well, aren't you a smart girl? That is such a good idea! I keep my Romantic Homes magazines in binders...but the others are stacked here and there...and yes...they get used for coasters sometimes. Then, I pass them along to a friend that loves magazines. I will say that I don;t buy nearly as many magazines as I used to-xo Diana

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    1. My sister and I pass them back and forth sometimes. I should store the very special ones in binder or on a book shelf so they are out of harm's way! I don't really get too many anymore either, but I am sucker for a pretty cover! ;)

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  6. Hi Kim-

    I loved your comment on my blog this evening.
    Thank you for stopping by.

    I love this and I have so many magazines.
    Now I have a plan!

    Thanks,
    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  7. This is such a cute and very clever idea!

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    1. I am so glad you liked my magazine hanger!

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  8. Very smart idea, Kim. I keep my magazines, too, and this would be a unique way to display my favorites. Not to mention a fun project. Long live Mod Podge! How is it I've never seen The Cottage Journal???? I thought I owned at least one issue of every cottage magazine out there. XX ~ Nancy

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    1. Nancy, I must have been living under the same rock as you! My sister gave me a subscription for my birthday and I am IN LOVE!! Look it up, quick!! :)

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  9. I happen to like unremarkable. =0)
    Have a great weekend!

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  10. What a cute, simple and easy project Kim! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Vel, simple and easy...just how I like them! ;)

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  11. What a fabulous Idea, Kim! I am going to make one for my mom. She will love it!

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  12. Hi Kim! You are truly the most creative one! This is such a cute idea and thanks for showing us how to do it. Thanks for popping in to see me and have a great weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you Shelia! This was a fun one and so very simple! :)

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  13. Kim, I love your idea! While I haven't anywhere to hang my magazines, I do have a bamboo tray by "my" chair that holds my current favorites...with a coaster next to it. LOL! See why I got a giggle when you said your mags got used as coasters?! Even my Baby Grands know to use a coaster, insisting on having their own, even. Can't wait to see what you come up with for coaster ideas; I could use more of those.

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    1. Ah...well trained grands! I love it Nancy! I have to start working on those coasters ASAP, the rings are forming already! ;)

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  14. Such a fantastic and creative idea! You inspire me in so many ways Kimmie! xoxo Jen

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    1. Right back at you, Jen! That's what I love about this community, so many inspiring ladies! :)

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  15. Kim, I love your idea for the magazines; however, I've now fallen in LOVE with magazines on iPad via the NOOK app! If you have not tried it, do think about it this way. Once I rid myself of the stash of magazines, that appear to grow wild once out of the mailbox or grocery bags, my gameroom will be fun to enjoy! No dusting mags again!!! On the iPad and NookColor the mags are lovely and easy to find your favorite pages. BTW, your idea is terrific and unique...love it!

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    1. Hi Helen! Yes, I have the app and I do really enjoy reading most things that way! It's great on the go for sure. I am still a book/ magazine lover though! There are a treasured few that I really like to have and hold. Although, I do not miss the dusting aspect either! Happy reading! :)

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  16. What a cute/clever idea!

    A ladder is a cute way to display magazines too, but I don't have the space for a ladeer.

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    1. I love the ladder look, too Carol! I don't really have the space for one either! I did see one at a yard sale recently, all chippy and pretty, and I bet it would look great in my garden with some kind of flowering vine growing up and over it. Of course, I didn't think of that until AFTER I got home...without it! ;)

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  17. This is such a great idea! They looks so cute!

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  18. Kim, I love it! I am a magazine hoarder (lover) too! You have displayed one of my favs. I just bought some mens pant hangers at a yard sale and was brainstorming what to use them for. Now I know what I'll be doing with a few. Thanks for sharing this with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Wow Jann, thanks! You just made my morning! I'm glad you like my hanger...I have to say, I have to make more, because I really like it, too! :)

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  19. Congrats! Your magazine holder was featured as a favorite!! This is the link: http://www.crystelleboutique.com/home/boost-my-post-party-31-may-2014
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    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  20. What a cute idea! And I get a little annoyed by wet glasses on magazines too!

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    1. Thanks Sharon! It seems to be a common pet peeve! ;)

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  21. This is such a fantastic idea! Thank you or sharing. You are one of the features tonight at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party from The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the Showcase. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/06/sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Kathryn, it is always a thrill to be featured on your blog. You truly have a gift for presentation...my pictures always seem to look better on your blog than they do on my own! Before singing, were you a magazine art director? You certainly have the eye!

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  22. Very inventive and it is charming!

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    1. Thanks so much! I was tired of those water rings on my pretty pictures! ;)

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  23. So pretty, practical and perfect! Thanks for the tutorial, too!

    Poppy

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    1. This was a fun one to make, Poppy! Thanks for popping by to check it out! :)

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  24. I hope my reply doesn't come through twice...I don't see it on here, so maybe there's just a delay? Anyway, I am visiting from Cozy Little House. I love your adorable magazine holder! I love magazines with pretty covers, too.

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    1. Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I was flattered to be featured, I am glad you liked my holder!

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  25. This is such a great idea. No more water stains!

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    1. I agree!! I hate a messy magazine! ;)

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  26. This is super cute! I love hanger projects : )

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    1. Thanks Jeanette! I have so many of them stuffed into my closet, it was nice to have something to do with them! Have a super Friday and thanks for popping by! :)

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  27. I love this idea and love what you did to the hangers, too. Nice work.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I like this one a lot, too!! :)

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  28. I love this simple idea! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! I have featured you on my Tuesday Treasures! Hope you can stop by and take a look!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature, Debi! I am so excited! :)

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  29. Oh what a cute idea!! This really turned out looking great.

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    1. Thanks Alicia. It really makes any magazine look pretty!! :) Thanks for the comment!

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