5-Minute DIY Wrapped Copper Pipe Bracelet

DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | Revamperate DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateCopper pipe is a favorite lately, and it’s quickly become a staple in my craft closet. So far, I’ve used copper pipe to make a magazine rack, and I’ve got a lot of other ideas up my sleeve. When I was home visiting family a while back, I was telling my dad about my newest copper pipe obsession and mentioned I was looking to get some refrigerator pipe for a couple projects. Lucky for me, he had a ton of it! That’s the benefit of having a handy dad – he always has little tools and supplies I need so I don’t always have to buy things. 

I used that refrigerator pipe to make this copper pipe bracelet. It’s incredibly easy to make – seriously, it’s the easiest jewelry tutorial ever. And yes, you want to use refrigerator pipe, not plumbing pipe to make this bracelet because of how easily it bends. 

DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateDIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1/4 inch copper refrigerator pipe 
  • Pipe cutter (hacksaw also works) 
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Round object like a spray paint can, etc. 

Depending on the size of your wrist, cut the pipe to be about 5-6 inches. I have very small wrists, so make sure you adjust the size to fit your own.

I used a pipe cutter, which made a pretty clean cut. If you don’t have one, you can use something like a hacksaw, in which case you’ll probably want to use sandpaper to clean up the cut edge. Luckily, the thin pipe will still cut quickly and easily. 

Refrigerator pipe bends easily, so you can do all of the work with your hands. Placing the middle of the pipe over a spray paint can (or something similar), begin bending it around the can. Once you’ve started the bend, it’s a bit easier to wrap it around the can. Then remove it from the can and continue bending around your wrist to make sure it fits. Once you’re satisfied with the fit of the copper, you’re done! If it’s tough to get on or off, you can just bend it slightly to loosen or tighten it as needed. 

It’s simple, but it makes a perfect addition to any outfit. Just remember to shine it up as needed to keep the copper looking great! Happy crafting!

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DIY Copper Pipe Magazine Rack

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Guys, I have a copper problem. I want copper everything, and I might be going a little overboard (me? never!). But copper is my new obsession, and bringing it in again with this DIY copper pipe magazine rack. I’ve wanted to make a magazine rack for a while – I know most people probably don’t really read magazines any more, but I still have subscriptions to a couple I really like. For several months, I’ve been figuring out the best way to make one. I seriously thought about trying to turn a paper organizer into one but it didn’t quite work out. Then I stumbled across a copper pipe magazine rack in an online store and was like, I can totally make that. So you know what? I did!

From start to finish, it’s a pretty easy project, but cutting the pipe will take some time. We used a hacksaw, which worked fine, but it’s tough work sawing through metal (as I’m sure you can imagine). Big shout out to Andrew for cutting the pipe for me. I got the easy job – assembly and sewing.

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Time: 1 hour + 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 10 ft. 1/2 inch copper pipe
  • 8 elbow-shaped copper pipe connectors
  • Hacksaw (or similar tool appropriate for cutting pipe)
  • Protective eye wear
  • Black marker
  • Measuring tape
  • E6000 glue
  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • Scissors/rotary cutting tool
  • Matching thread
  • Barkeepers Friend (or similar cleaning product, optional)

1. Cut the Pipes 

First thing’s first, you need to measure and cut your copper pipe. With your measuring tape, mark the long 10-ft long piece of copper with your marker to cut four 10-inch pieces and four 12-inch pieces. Place the pipe on top of two items of equal height with space in the middle where you will actually cut the pipe. For example, we used two bar stools. If you are doing this inside, I recommend laying down newspaper to catch the copper shavings and reduce the mess.

With your hacksaw, begin cutting at the marked lines. We found that the best way is to saw backwards several times (pull the saw towards you) to maintain the best grip on the pipe. After doing this a few times, you will create a rivet in the pipe that will make it easier for you to begin cutting in a back and forth motion to cut all the way through. Continue until all pieces are cut. It’s totally OK if the ends aren’t cleanly cut – you won’t be able to see them anyway.

This is optional, but we chose to wash the newly cut pipe and the connectors to shine them up a bit. We filled the sink with warm water and Barkeepers Friend cleaning solution and let the pipes sit in it for about 20 minutes. When we pulled them out, they were much brighter. Dry and begin assembling the magazine rack’s skeleton. 

2. Assemble the Pipe Rack (Do Not Glue)

To assemble the magazine rack, connect the pipes with the connectors (do not use glue yet) to make two incomplete squares – they should not have a bottom. I suggest assembling it so that the squares are 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. Use the two remaining 10-inch pieces to connect the bottoms of the two squares, creating a magazine rack shaped like the first photo.

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3. Sew the Hammock 

Cut one piece of fabric 32 in x 20 in. Fold in half on the long side, right sides of the fabric facing together. Sew a 1/4 inch seam across the open long side and around one corner across one short side.

After that, you should only have one short side open. Turn the fabric right side out and iron flat. On the open side, fold the edges in to fake a seam, iron down and sew across the open side, continuing a thin top stitch all the way around the piece of fabric. Now you should have a double-sided piece of fabric with all edges sewn  and pretty. 

Then measure the handles for your hammock. Loosely wrap the short side of the hammock around your 10-inch pipe, leaving room for it to hang and sew a seam. Pin where you would like the folded handle to be. Your seam will be on the inside of the hammock (see photo below). Repeat this on the opposite short side of the fabric. It’s better to over measure in this case because if your hammock ends up being too long, it will drag on the ground, which you don’t want, so it’s actually better for the hammock to be too short than too long. Because your pipes will already be put together, it should be easy to tell how the hammock will hang once all sewn together.

When satisfied, remove the pipes to pull off the fabric (this is why you shouldn’t glue anything yet). You don’t need to do anything special here because the ends of your fabric are already finished, so just sew straight across where you pinned, sewing over your existing seam to secure it and back stitching at each end because this will carry all of the weight for your magazines.  

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4. Assemble and Glue the Rack

Before gluing anything together, remove the two top pipes of the rack (10 inches) and slide on the hammock on each side. Replace the pipes.

When you’re satisfied with the assembly, you’ll see it’s pretty wobbly. Remove one connector at a time to glue them all to the pipes. One line of glue around the end of pipe should stick well once you allow it some time to dry. When you’ve glued all connectors in place and it’s had time to dry, you should notice that it’s much sturdier.

Then fill with magazines and display in your home! You can hold several magazines at a time. I would not recommend letting it get too heavy or you risk some bending or stretching.This is a much better solution to my magazine storage than having them stacked underneath my coffee table. Plus it feeds my copper obsession! Happy crafting!

DIY Embroidered Copper Desk Accessories

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Copper is my new favorite fad. I’ve slowly been painting everything I own copper with no plans to stop any time soon. Copper everything! That’s my motto right now. Case in point, I shared my copper vanity chair makeover last week. Naturally, I had to bring some of that copper love into my home office, which is basically a catchall for every random thing in our apartment.

Apartment living is hard when you’re a packrat, and our cluttered office is a huge point of contention for me. No matter how much I clean and organize it, it never actually feels clean and organized. Nonetheless, I continue to try and hide as much junk in the closet as I can, and I purge from time to time to reduce clutter, but it doesn’t change the purpose of the room – a dumping ground. Plus, it’s the only room truly safe from the cat since we almost always have the door closed. I have big plans for that office, but big plans take big money…

So let’s start small! Little pieces, like these embroidered copper desk accessories, are a great way to begin the makeover with little cost. These mesh accessories are very cheap (most of them are available at the Dollar Store!) and easy to brighten up with a little spray paint. Plus, the embroidery adds a fun colorful element with my favorite DIY flare. While the embroidery will take you some time and effort, it’s easy to do while you sit back and watch TV or something. I went for a chevron print and did a funky back and forth type of stitch through the mesh to make it look fuller.

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Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Supplies:

  • Wire mesh desk accessories
  • Copper spray paint
  • Embroidery thread (at least two colors)
  • Needle

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First, spray paint one coat of copper paint on the wire mesh, let dry and spray again. Let dry completely before beginning the next step.

Thread your needle and, starting at the back of the accessory, tie a knot through the mesh where you want to start your pattern – a pencil cup, for example. Thread the needle through every other piece of wire for about five stitches at a diagonal, thread it back down and back up again. This creates a thicker stitch and is the beginning of your chevron pattern. Without the thicker stitch, it’s hard to distinguish the pattern. Tip: you can use use yarn for a thicker look but I preferred the feeling of the embroidery thread.

At this point you should be at the top, so repeat the same process down at the opposite diagonal. Continue all the way around the cup, keeping a close eye on your pattern so your lines come out even. When you reach the end (where you began), tie another knot. The pattern may not match up perfectly where you started and that’s ok. Just tie the knots and make that the back of your accessory.

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If you run out of thread at any point, tie two pieces together and continue the pattern. Most likely, you can hide the knots on the inside of the cup so that it’s out of sight. After you finish the first color, use another color of thread to repeat the pattern below the original. Repeat with as many colors as you want!

Once done, trim any loose threads to disguise the knots and fill ’em up! With so many types of mesh accessories available, you can do this with anything. Fill with your fun copper office supplies and display on your desk. Happy crafting!

DIY Thrifted Vanity Chair Makeover

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One major downside to living in an apartment is the space. It kills me every day not to have a backyard for spray painting and a giant kitchen for baking and a large room dedicated to my craft supplies. I dream of having that one day, but for now I make do with a lovely two bedroom apartment that really is a steal for the area I live in. Nonetheless, it makes it difficult to pursue my new hobby – furniture makeovers.

Every time my mom and sister come to town from San Diego, we go to a swap meet in Huntington Beach. If you live in the LA/OC area, I highly recommend the swap meet at Goldenwest College every Saturday and Sunday. It’s like a giant garage sale that always has new stuff. You know the expression “everything and the kitchen sink?” I’ve literally seen the kitchen sink for sale there, among anything else you can possibly imagine. It’s my favorite place to find things like this darling thrifed vanity chair for only $8. I couldn’t believe it. Had to have it.

A while back, I performed one of these makeovers on a much more hopeless case – these vintage dining room chairs. They came out so well that I was really excited to perform some spray painting and upholstery magic on this chair. This one was in much better condition than the dining chairs, so fixing it up was a piece of cake, and here’s how I did it.

Time: 2 hours (including dry time)

Supplies:

  • One can of spray paint (copper is my fav!)
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 yard of fabric to match
  • Staple gun
  • Power drill

Here’s what it looked like when I started – a little dirty and scuffed up, screaming for some new paint.

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First, I used the drill to remove the seat from the chair frame. Save the screws!

Then I sanded down any uneven edges in the metal. For the most part, the color was worn but the metal itself was in decent condition, so the sanding was minimal. That’s a great thing about metal. Then I spray painted the chair with a light coat of copper spray paint and let it dry before spraying a second coat, making sure to coat the sides of the legs and underneath. Those are the tough to reach spaces.

While the paint dries, you can begin reupholstering the chair seat. In some cases, you need to completely remove the padding of the chair if it’s old and falling apart like my dining chairs were. Lucky for me, the chair was in very good condition so I didn’t have to remove the padding this time.

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I laid the round piece down on the backside of the new fabric (heavier fabric is better, but I chose a thin cotton fabric). Trace a 2-3 inch circle around the seat to allow space for the fabric to fold over the entire seat, and cut with fabric scissors. Lay the seat cushion top facing down onto the backside of the fabric and fold over the fabric to make sure you have room to staple. Begin stapling down the fabric every few inches around the base of the seat (closer to the edge is better), and keeping the fabric taught.

Continue stapling tightly all the way around, pleating the fabric around the edges of the seat as necessary. Because it’s round, some pleated will be necessary. Now you have a beautiful new seat cushion. When your spray paint is dry, you need to secure the seat back to the chair frame. It’s a little difficult to line up the existing holes in the bottom of the seat with the holes in the chair frame, but when you do, screw the original screws back in to place. That’s it!

Making over furniture can be pretty easy, depending on how damaged the the furniture is. From start to finish, it really didn’t take me long to fix up my thrifted vanity chair. Still figuring out the best place for this gorgeous chair, but it will find a home soon!

What’s your favorite thrifted find?

DIY Cursive Pillow

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I lost a dear friend this weekend. My friend Felisha lost an almost two-year long battle with leukemia. She was very young with a beautiful daughter and fought hard until the very end, and I’m proud to have called her my friend. I’m not going to share much more than that here. Instead, I want to share a post I had originally wrote as a happy tutorial about love because I think that’s what we need in times of sadness.

Here we go…

I’m not sure how it started, but once upon a time (as in, about a year and a half ago) Andrew began to ask me “guess what?” After I responded or gave him a funny look, he would always say “I love you.” I guess it became our thing. Every couple has random things that they make their own like that, and “guess what?” became ours.

This DIY cursive pillow was inspired by our little saying to each other – I thought it would be cute to have something at home to always remind us of those moments. Sorry if that’s super cheesy, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little reminder of the good times every time you sit on the couch. I’ll admit, I had bigger plans for this pillow. I wanted to use copper guilding sheets instead of paint. I wanted to try using an intricate stencil for the lettering instead of my own handwriting. None of those things really panned out for me at the time, so I kept it simple and I think that’s ok. I ended up really liking the cursive, and having my own handwriting on it makes it more personal.

I’ve been practicing my sewing skills over the last couple months, and this pillow was one of my test subjects. I’m happy to say it turned out well! I won’t share my tutorial on it today, but I plan to share a different pillow tutorial here soon with some adorable fabric I bought while I was in Ventura for Craftcation. I’ve made a couple pillows now, so I’m feeling a little better about my pillow sewing skills.

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Oliver likes to be the center of attention whenever I’m trying to take photos, so I have about 100+ of him interrupting my cursive pillow photo sesh. Thanks for that, kid.

Time: 15 minutes 

Supplies: 

  • Solid pillow cover (must be a cover)
  • Cardboard
  • Metallic fabric-safe paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalk

For the purposes of this tutorial, using a pillow cover rather than a stuffed pillow to paint on is important so that you can wash it.

Lay the pillow cover out on a flat surface with a piece of cardboard (or similar) inside to prevent any paint from bleeding through the fabric. Use the chalk to plan the outlines of your words. You can also use a pencil because it’s easier to see on light fabrics, but the chalk washes out easier in the wash.

Once you’re satisfied with the outline of your words, trace over the chalk lines with metallic paint and a thin paintbrush. I used Martha Stewart copper paint because I’m sort of obsessed with copper, as you’ll probably continue to see in future projects. Be careful with the paint as the brush can easily catch on the fabric when you’re creating long lines for the letters. Make any necessary touchups at the end and let the paint dry completely.

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Then, turn the pillow cover inside-out and wash and dry it according to the fabric type. I put mine through the standard colors cycle. Because my fabric was incredibly wrinkled, I pressed it with an iron before inserting the pillow form inside and displaying it in my living room. It ties in pretty well with my thrifted copper table and our greenish furniture. More than anything, I just love that it really represents our lives.

#teamfefe

What would you paint on your pillow?