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DIY Open Pipe Shelving

Industrial pipe shelving has been a DIY request since season two, episode one – The Little House on the Prairie. The Batsons’ kitchen cabinets were made completely of these industrial pipe open shelving units (see below), and today we wanted to show you how simple this DIY can be for your own kitchen, bedroom or any room in your home in need of interest and dimension.

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With a little hard work and dedication, this project could be conquered in just one afternoon!

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Here’s what you’ll need:
-Fig. A – 3/4″  flange (x 10 – 8 for wall; 2 for ceiling)
-Fig. B – 3/4″ x 10″ pipe (x 8)
-Fig. C – 3/4″ x 18″ pipe (x 2)
-Fig. D – 3/4″ 3-way tee (x 6)
-Fig. E – 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ pipe (x 6)
-Fig. F – 3/4″ connector (x 6)
-Fig. G – 3/4″x 6″ pipe (x 6)
-Fig. H – 3/4″  90-degree elbow (x 2)
-Wall anchors and screws (not shown)
-Wooden planks – 4′ x 10″ (x4)
-Optional: High quality metallic spray paint.
-Optional: For easier assembly, you can replace materials E, F and G with 3/4″ x 10″ piping if you like. We chose to use the 3 materials listed to add character.

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PREP:
– Wipe pipes to remove any residue or excess oil/grease (if pipes were custom cut).
– If you want to have all the pieces uniform,  you can spray paint them with a high quality metallic spray paint. NOTE: galvanized pieces resist some spray paints due to a coating of zinc that is applied to avoid corrosion. Since we chose to use black iron pipes, primer and paint adhesion was not a problem.
– Cut shelves according to wanted size (4′ x 10″ in this illustration); stain if desired.

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Make your “vertical” pipes by using a 3/4″ connector (F) to attach 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ pipe (E) with 3/4″ x 6″ pipe (G). Repeat this step for a total of 6 “vertical” pipes.
Note: you could avoid this step and use a solid 3/4″ x 10″ pipe if you’d rather.

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Use a 3/4″ 3-way tee (D) to connect your assembled “vertical” pipes (E, F, G) and attach 3/4″ x 10″ “horizontal” pipe (B) as shown. Attach 3/4″ flange (A) to open end of “horizontal” pipe.

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For the bottom shelf, attach “vertical” pipe (E, F, G) to 3/4″ 90-degree elbow (H). Attach “horizontal” pipe (B) and flange (A).

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Illustration of assembly before attaching the final “vertical” pipe (Fig. C).

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Attach top “vertical” pipe – 3/4″ x 18″ (C) – to the top of 3/4″ 3-way tee (D) and screw flange (A) to open end of (C) pipe.

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Hold assembled unit against the wall and flush with the ceiling. Use a balance to ensure it is straight and mark the walls to screw anchors. After inserting anchors, align unit and screw in place.

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As we were using 4′ x 10″ wooden planks, we placed the 2 assembled units 3′ apart to allow the shelves to overlap by approximately 6″ on either side.

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Place wooden plank shelves in unit and that’s it! There are a few moving parts to juggle as you build your unit, but it truly is simple once you get the hang of it. The finished product is well worth the afternoon lost! Enjoy!

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Fourth of July Picnic Inspiration

Who doesn’t love a good Fourth of July celebration complete with sparklers, hot dogs and old fashioned glass bottles of soda? We prepared an inspirational picnic to ready you for the upcoming holiday weekend, and added a few simple Fourth of July picnic ideas that are inexpensive and require little fuss. We also threw in a few of our favorite Magnolia Market entertaining products – just in case you spot something you can’t live without!

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followers1 (42 of 44)We set our table with galvanized trivets used as chargers, and these versatile creamware dinner plates. We also added small berry baskets as a fun way to serve personal-sized desserts.

followers1 (24 of 44)This cream drink dispenser is great for serving tea or water. We used it to serve “Sparkle Punch” to add a festive party detail. Personalize your drink dispenser with a chalkboard.

followers1 (21 of 44)We used this lazy Susan for easy hotdog reach by each of our party guests. It also added height and interest to our table.

A cute and simple party tip is to add your condiments into mason jars. The jars are more appealing to the eye than traditional ketchup and mustard bottles, and are a fun addition to the table setting.

followers1 (28 of 44)Displaying your party favors in a way that adds to the feel of the whole party is an added detail that doesn’t go unnoticed by partygoers. We suggest a caddy like this oneHere is a similar choice if you don’t have quite as much space to work with.

followers1 (31 of 44)I think we can all agree that simple party favors are the best kind. We chose boxes of Cracker Jacks, and attached these sweet little gift tags to each one. We love the Cracker Jacks for Fourth of July, and appreciated that they’re a cute addition to the party theme. You could also use brownies or cookies – any sweet treat would work perfectly! Download these party tags at the bottom of the post.

followers1 (34 of 44)How could we host a Fourth of July picnic without sparklers? We chose to display them using these trays, and attaching “Light up the night” tags to groups of three and four sparklers. This way, each of your guests can quickly grab a handful and head out to the fun in a hurry. Download these sparkler tags at the bottom of the post.

followers1 (27 of 44)If you purchase glass soda bottles for your gathering, you may as well go the extra mile to ice them in a way that displays them for all to see. We used this bin in a size small. We do suggest getting the size large if you’ll be icing down more than six bottles of soda.

followers1 (20 of 44)You can have fun with the festive colors, stars and stripes without going overboard. We used this utensil holder to hold our patriotic plasticware and holiday appropriate straws.

followers1 (14 of 44)Be sure to personalize your party! Using chalkboards is our favorite way of accomplishing this. We used these.

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Download your free Fourth of July party printables here.

If you recreate any of these ideas, be sure to tag @magnoliamarket in your Instagram posts! We want to see how you incorporate our Market products into your holiday gathering. We hope you have a fun, festive and safe holiday weekend! Enjoy your day with family and friends – and happy Fourth!

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Milk Bottle Floral Holder

Used and antique items can oftentimes make the most interesting decor. Not only do repurposed pieces add character and nostalgia to your space, but in the process, you’re also recycling and breathing new life into items that would otherwise be discarded. This fun Milk Bottle Floral Holder is perfect for bringing dimension to an empty corner in your home, while utilizing objects you may otherwise throw away!

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Simply remove the labels and soak in warm soapy water to remove any remaining glue residue.

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– 3 Jars or bottles
– Drill
– Flat 6 x  1 – 1/4 wood screws
– Measuring tape
– 2 Picture frame hanging hooks
– 3 Clamps (These measure 1-1/2″)
– Old piece of scrap wood (1 x 6 x 22″)

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1.  Prepare your wood by brushing off any dirt or debris.  Open metal clamp and with a hammer and a metal punch, punch a hole in the middle of metal clamp. This will make it easier  for the screw to go through later on.  You can use a screw driver if you don’t have a metal punch.
2.  Measure and mark where you would like the hanging hooks to be placed. Use a level to make sure they’re straight.
3. Screw hooks to the back of the board.
4. Measure and determine where your bottles will be placed on the wood. Use a pencil to mark.
5. Place opened clamp and line up the hole you previously made to the marking. Drill the screw into the opening to secure clamp to the wood.  Repeat with all of the clamps.
6. Close clamps loosely and place bottles in each clamp one at a time. Tighten until bottle is snug and does not move. Repeat with other bottles

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Fill the bottles with water and use seasonal flowers to add texture and color to your space. Head outdoors with your kiddos and forage for wild daisies, lavender or simple greenery from the garden. For a more low maintenance look that lasts, faux florals would look great as well. Switch them out as the seasons change, and it’s perfect for every time of year. Really make it your own! Enjoy!