Creating a Brochure Holder as Mountain Cabin Decor

Creating a Brochure Holder as Mountain Cabin Decor

This magazine rack was a thrift store find that came home with me, even though I had no plan in mind. But it was heavy and sturdy (i.e., good quality) and seemed like it was a blank canvas for a future project. It finally dawned on me that it would be PERFECT as a brochure holder / brochure stand in my in-laws’ cabin in North Georgia. Not only would it be functional for their rental property, but I could transform it into mountain cabin decor / lodge decor at the same time.

Magazine holder or magazine rack for upcycling into mountain cabin decor or lodge decor

I decided that the front of the magazine rack / brochure holder was meant to be stenciled. I just needed the right vinyl stencil with a mountain quote on it to bring my vision to life. 

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Stenciling a Mountain Quote on a Brochure Holder for Lodge Decor

Speaking of stencils, I found the perfect one and ordered it in a custom size to fit the brochure stand.

Using a vinyl stencil to transform a magazine rack into a brochure holder and rustic cabin decor

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve really been working on my stenciling game. I’ve found that I can use inexpensive craft paint and it works just fine. For me, the secret to stenciling success is in the brushes I use!

And I seriously love the ones that come from this shop.

Anyway, I used a dark (almost black) brown for the lettering of the mountain quote, and added a touch of dark green to the extras.

Stenciling a mountain quote on a brochure holder as guestroom ideas for a rental cabin

When all was said and done, this is how it looked! And yes, I added just the slightest touch of white to the mountain tops!

Isn’t that seriously the best mountain quote? I have a feeling that I will get a LOT of mileage out of this vinyl stencil.

Mountain quote on a brochure holder or brochure stand and log cabin decor

I could have stopped there for sure…but I decided to add one more touch.

Since this brochure holder will hold local pamphlets and maps for renters and travelers, wouldn’t it be nice to add pockets on the sides for business cards, as well?

Upcycling the Leather Scraps into Pockets on a Brochure Holder

On one of my junkin’ journeys, I found a huge stash of leather scraps – I’m guessing that they came from a sample book from a furniture or upholstery store. But I bought a slew of them for future projects, including this brochure holder.

Leather scraps to become pockets on a brochure holder or brochure stand

Here’s what I was thinking – take some of these leather scraps and create small pockets to be attached to the brochure holder. I would make smaller ones for business cards and maybe a large one on the back for local restaurant menus.

Using leather scraps to create pockets for business cards on brochure stand and rustic cabin decor

Then, I used my mixed media shears to cut out small leather pockets that fit on the side of the brochure holder.

Adding pockets for business cards on side of brochure stand for rustic cabin decor or lodge decor

Then, I carefully attached each leather pocket to the brochure holder using tiny antiqued brass screws.

Mountain cabin decor and brochure holder for rental property with a mountain quote that was stenciled on

Brochure Holder / Brochure Stand and Mountain Cabin Decor

How perfect is that? The brochure holder will live in the rental cabin, filled with maps, booklets, and inspiration for mountain adventures! I’ll collect some business cards from favorite shops, orchards, and restaurants to add to the pockets, as well.

Think if I tweet this photo to Ian Somerhalder he’ll actually see it? You know I’m totally going to try!

Upcycling a magazine rack into a brochure stand or brochure holder and log cabin decor for rental cabins

As soon as you walk into the door at the cabin in North Georgia, the brochure holder is on the table to your right.

Brochure holder and rustic cabin decor or mountain cabin decor at rental cabin in North Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods

Update – as of January 2020, the rental cabin is no longer available to rent. Thank you for your interest!

Even Fritz, my in-laws’ beloved kitty cat, approves of the brochure holder / rustic cabin decor. But the REAL question is…what should I used this mountain quote stencil on next??

Lodge decor or mountain cabin decor with a brochure stand that has a mountain quote that has been stenciled on

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea of mine, then you may also appreciate this library card catalog project that is the ultimate “makeunder”, as well!

How to make a library card catalog from thrift store furniture into vintage farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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  1. Fonda Rush says

    This is excellent! What a nice presentation! You done good!!! It’ll look great in the cabin. Love it.

  2. Love your story! I was doing something similar – not so creative however! I was about to throw a microwave egg maker into the donation pile a couple of months ago ( we don’t eat eggs OR own a microwave anymore!) and my husband said, “Hey weren’t you looking for something to hold your yarn with a hole in it while sewing?” OMG a yarn holder! It’s perfect.

  3. Love this!

  4. I just checked our your (?) cabin… wow! So pretty. I need to keep it in mind for a future trip!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you! It’s Jon’s parents’ cabin- they’re hoping to build more of them in that area. Personally, I hope they do because I LOVED shopping for vintage fishing/hunting decor for it. 😉

  5. Oh yeah, that’s a perfect use for that! Your stenciling came out great too! Love it.

  6. “The Mountains …” is a great quote from John Muir. My husband and I say it to each other all the time. We didn’t make it to the mountains this summer, and I feel the loss. great project.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It is definitely a quote that speaks to my soul. After spending most of my life in the Chicago area and then South Florida, it was like being reborn to live near mountains for the first time! Thank you so very much and I really hope you get to visit the mountains soon- no one should go too long without time spent there.

  7. What a brilliant idea – both the new purpose and the leather pockets! That stencil is just too perfect and even the size was meant for this holder. Pinned and sharing

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      The shop I ordered the stencil from is wonderful about customizing sizes!! ( . They make my life easy…and once my mother-in-law saw the photos of the brochure holder this morning, she had a great idea- add another larger leather pocket to the back for local menus! So, I guess I’m not quite done with the project after all, hahaha! 🙂

  8. Love this upcycle and being a mountain lover myself I love the picture and quote on the front. I live in the flattest part of the UK by the way and about as far away from the see as you can get. Which is hard when you love the mountains and the sea so much. I was grew up on a mountain next to the sea and my husband’s family is from Norway. Maybe one day we can live in the Norwegian Fjords.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I grew up in flat areas my whole life (outside of Chicago, Illinois and then in southern Florida). Once we moved to the mountains (well, we’re in what are called foothills, but the mountains are just a few miles away), I really felt “home”. They are just a most inviting landscape! My husband has Norwegian blood, too! Our last name is Ramberg…and there is a Ramberg Beach in Norway that we want to visit!

  9. Love it!!! Was looking for a link to where you purchase your stencils. Where do you get your stencils?

  10. Great stencil and fabulous upcycle! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  11. Great idea and it turned out perfectly!

  12. Clever idea for a mountain cabin. Love the biz card holders on the sides too.

  13. This is such a great idea and would be perfect for a weekend project!

  14. Bingo! I love those lightbulb moments like that. You rocked it! ♡♡

  15. Very cute idea and handy also.

  16. What a superb idea, Sarah! The business card holders are just the perfect touch on an already perfect makeover! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday 😉

  17. acraftymix says

    Upcycle sharin’ is such a fun Facebook Group. I absooooolutely love the ideas everyone comes up with. Great idea to add the business card holders to the sides. It does make it so much easier when you go away for a weekend having all the information in one place

  18. GREAT idea!

    Please come share at Reader Tip Tuesday:

    xo hope to see you there…

  19. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Such a great idea Sarah. I think that the use of that cool stencil is spot on and of course the leather really gives it a rustic cabin look. And the Vampire doesn’t hurt either. 😉

  20. Another slam dunk, I love the transformation and your stenciling is very good. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  21. Great idea, Sarah! A perfect piece for the mountain cabin and the leather pockets to hold local info is genius! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  22. So smart! Love your idea. Pinned and will use for our rental in VT!

  23. LOVE IT!!!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Waste Not Wednesday.

  24. Marty Larson says

    This is a fabulous project! The quote is one of my favorites. As a Rocky Mountain girl transplanted to Western New York State, which I find to be flat, I’ve been known to walk around chanting this.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Marty!! I lived in flat lands my entire life until we moved to the foothills of the Appalachians in 2009. No where near the gloriousness of your Rockies, but I can’t imagine ever living in flat lands again now!

  25. I love being a tourist so a rack holding brochures like that in place I was staying in would be just PERFECT! Great job.


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