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How To Turn a Broken Umbrella Into a Magazine Rack

Learn to turn and recycle those old thunderstorm-worn umbrellas into working magazine racks.


  • TIP: Create magazine rack pockets with fabric by sewing extra pieces into the sides.
  • Step 1: Double the rectangle and sew the folded edge together, leaving a one-eighth inch loop to slide rods through, forming the pockets of the magazine rack.
  • Step 2: Turn the fabric over and fold and sew the ends of the rectangle, making loops in either side on the opposite side of the center loop.
  • Step 3: Tape the remaining six spokes to each other, making three rods.
  • FACT: Recyclers recover more than 100 million pounds of materials from electronics each year.
  • Step 4: Slide one rod through each loop in the fabric and secure the ends to the stand’s frame.
  • Step 5: Cut the sides from the fabric, leaving a rectangle of umbrella fabric with a point at either end.
  • Step 6: Secure each side to the corners with the pliers and more wire, crossing the base with the same wire, and securing it at each side.
  • TIP: If the wire is salvageable, use it to connect the sides and base.
  • Step 7: Use the pliers to untwist the spokes from the central mechanism.
  • Step 8: Fold every other spoke upward to form the sides of the magazine rack.
  • Step 9: Fold two spokes downward to form the base.
  • Step 10: Attach all four sides, made by the upturned spokes, to the base by threading wire through the holes in the downturned spokes.
  • Step 11: Use the scissors to cut or gently pull the umbrella’s fabric from the spokes, unscrewing any screws along the way.

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