Thursday, 2 February 2012

30 minute project!

The times I've heard people say they just don't have the time to make things or find things when I'm asked where stuff I've made or sought out has come from. Rubbish I say! To prove it I will post simply simple (thats not a typo, these will be simpler than simple I promise) 30 minute or roundabouts things to make or do for busy people! Everyone likes making things, getting messy and having fun it's just we as adults forget this sometimes... remember the pride you had as a kid when an adult praised a finger painting you took some time on, well who's to say you can't get that feeling as a twenty something, thirty something, fourty something gluer and painter?!
Personally I love the shock when people find out how cheap things can be found or made for, why spend spend spend when there's no need?........

Magazine Holder Revamp

1. Take a dreadfully boring basic magazine holder, some wallpaper sample (yes, it's free!!) and some scissors and glue.  Trace your magazine rack shape out on the back of your wallpaper sample.  Cut out all the pieces with nice sharp scissors. (sorry it's hard to make out where I traced in the photo, look carefully!)

2. Carefully apply your glue to wood and spread evenly making sure its not gloopy (you'll get a lumpy finish!) and edges are covered otherwise it will peel.  (I used my kids PVA craft glue and pinched an old paintbrush to spread it, don't tell them!)

3. Line up your wallpaper cutting and smooth onto wood, making sure there's no creasing or air/glue bubbles. Apply each wallpaper cutting to its correct side on magazine holder.  

4. Voila! My first (blogged) 30 minute project! So excuse any steps my baby brain may have missed! Don't they look nice?


  1. These are great, so glad I'm not the only one who takes samples for crafty things! ;)

    1. Thankyou. And I'm glad I'm not the only one too ;)

  2. What a great idea! They look so cool on your shelf!

  3. This is awesome. I've never considered wallpaper samples, but they would be great in all sorts of DIY projects!