Project Overview

This stylish, copper magazine rack is easy to make and looks great in any room. It also solves the problem of  having newspapers and magazines lying all over the house. We’re making a rectangular magazine rack but you can be as creative as you like with yours.  

Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure, mark and cut the copper pipe
2 Lay out the design
3 Make the second side of the rack
4 Join the two sides together
5 Polish the rack
6 Show off your D.I.Y. magazine rack
  • Step 1. Measure, mark and cut the copper pipe

    The first thing to do is to cut your copper pipe to length using the pipe cutter. We cut our pipe to:

    • 380mm x 4
    • 100mm x 12
    • 130mm x 2

    When using the pipe cutter, attach it to the pipe and tighten. Twist it around once, then tighten the cutter a quarter of a turn. Repeat this until the pipe is cut. When you’re cutting multiple lengths of pipe, use the combination square to ensure the pipes are the same length.

  • Step 2. Lay out the design

    Lay out the design for your magazine rack on your workbench, this way you can join it all together in order. Start with a 380mm piece of copper for the top cross bar and join an elbow at each end. Then fit a 100mm, and a T-piece onto both sides. Attach to the T-piece, a 380mm for the cross bar – this runs parallel to the top cross bar.  You should have a rectangle at this stage. Crimp these together. You might need someone to help you with the crimping. If you don’t have a crimping tool, you can use glue. Then to the T-piece, attach a 100mm piece of pipe and an elbow and another 100mm. The first side of your magazine rack is complete.

  • Step 3. Make the second side of the rack

    Repeat the previous step to make the second, matching side of the magazine rack.

  • Step 4. Join the two sides together

    Now you’ve made the two sides, it’s time to join them together. Take a 130mm piece of copper pipe, attach an elbow to each end and crimp (or glue) to seal. Repeat this process, then join the pieces you’ve just made to the sides.  Fold the two sides of the rack up. Check to make sure the sides are square before crimping (or gluing) into place.

  • Step 5. Polish the rack

    Use a soft cloth and Brasso metal polish to give the magazine a great finish.

  • Step 6. Show off your D.I.Y. magazine rack

    All that’s left to do is find the right spot for your stylish copper magazine rack. And filling it with your favourite magazines of course! 

Tools and Materials


  • 20mm copper pipe crimping tool
  • Combination square
  • Copper pipe cutter
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pencil


  • 20mm x 1.5m copper pipe x3
  • 90-degree elbow joints x12
  • T-joints x 4
  • 250mm fittings
  • Glue
  • Metal polish
  • Polishing cloths

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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