With the holiday season upon us, it's time to start thinking about handmade gifts! At least that's what I'm doing these days, and I'm sure you are too. I went to IKEA to find a bunch of surfaces I could personalize and I happened up these wood magazine racks. What I love about IKEA is they have tons of cool surfaces just itching to be decorated! These magazine holders were no exception. I knew they needed some coats of paint and then of course, Duck Tape. I decided to use the Duck Chalkboard Tape this time which I've never gotten a chance to use before. And guess what? It WORKS! You can write on it! I was tickled. I was also tickled with how my magazine racks turned out. Here's how I picture them as gifts. Decorate and personalize for the recipient, then give with a magazine gift subscription. Isn't that fun? It's a great idea for those of us that are “old skool” and love having paper in our hands to read. Here's how to make them!
Gather These Supplies
- Wooden magazine holders – from IKEA (Knuff line)
- Mod Podge Satin (optional)
- Duck Tape – Chalkboard, Sugar Skulls, Tribal patterns
- Acrylic paint – colors of your choice
- Wax candle – white (for distressing)
Here are the magazine holders I purchased, two for $10! Sand any imperfections and brush the dust away before getting started.
I decided to do some fun color combinations with my acrylic paint . . . to match my Duck Tape patterns! I painted the inside and edges one color, then let dry.
Then I added wax to the edges with my candle (I use a candle scrap) and painted over the top with another color . . . this time just the outside. You'll notice I had orange and painted purple over the top. You may change your mind which is exactly what I did – that's okay!
Once you're done with that, use sandpaper to lightly distress the edges. That let's the color beneath show through a little bit. You don't have to do it . . . but I love the added touch of interest!
It was after this that I added my Duck Tape. You can do it any way you like. In this example, I used my Sugar Skull tape vertically . . .
And a piece of chalkboard tape horizontally. I LOVE THIS DUCK CHALKBOARD TAPE. You can write on it with regular chalk, but it looks best when you draw on it with chalk markers. Make sure they are chalk markers as other types of markers are permanent!
For the tribal pattern, I just added three pieces vertically on each side.
Then your magazine holders are done!
Like I said before – give with a gift subscription to a magazine – or maybe some favorite books inside?
Get the Duck Tape used in this project here!
Let us know how you would decorate wood magazine racks in the comments!