Our simple DIY guide explains how to make a rustic magazine holder in just a few steps.
Do you love reading magazines, but find they end up scattered all over the house? Our rustic wooden DIY magazine rack solves that problem and is easy to make too.
You can easily adapt our DIY guide to make a magazine storage solution that suits your own tastes; select whatever size, wood type and colour you prefer.
For this DIY project, you only need a few materials for it:
Ready? Let’s get to work and make a rustic magazine holder...
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Before you start on the DIY project itself, cut a deep notch into the flat end of an upright tree stump. You can use this to safely support the log that will become your magazine holder as you cut it.
Decide exactly how long you want your wooden magazine holder to be: it should be at least as long as the newspapers or magazines you plan to keep in it.
Cut the log to the required length.
The magazine holder needs a flat base to keep it from falling over or wobbling. Use your chainsaw to cut horizontally along the tree trunk, removing a slice so that your log magazine holder has one long, flat side.
Rest the log on the flat base you just made. With a pencil, mark lines showing where to cut into the log to make the interior shape of the magazine holder. Next, place the log upright and secure it so it can't slip. Make the first cut, sawing downward from the top. Saw along the second line in the same way and remove the resulting wedge.
Use a metal file to work on the cut edges and surfaces until they are smooth. Attach felt pads to the bottom of your magazine holder to protect delicate surfaces.
The DIY project is done; your practical magazine holder is now complete. Whether it’s for your own home or to give as a gift, its rustic look lends a cosy atmosphere to any reading corner.