DIY Upcycled Travel Tin

accessory travel tin

I always carry hair ties and bobby pins with me when I travel. I think I’ll want to leave my hair down but it just gets irritating, so I pull it up. My hair is so thick that one hair tie doesn’t last very long. A few days, maybe. That’s where my travel tin comes in. I don’t know how I ever traveled without it.

Mint tins are perfect for upcycles like this. The closure works really well, and they hold a decent amount of stuff. Give it shot!

 

travel tin supplies

Travel Tin Supplies

  • tin box
  • brush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Magnets
  • Mod Podge
  • scrapbook paper

*You can ignore the Diamond Glaze in the image. I have no idea why I left that in there.

 

travel tin plans

Step 1: trace the tin

Line the tin up on the back side scrapbook paper and trace it. I’m showing traces of the top and bottom in the image above. You’ll want to trace the entire tin though, including edges.

Cut them out when you’re done.

beautify an Altoid Tin

Step 2: decorate your travel tin

Line the cutout up on the tin and glue it in place.

 

upcycled altoid tin

Step 3: add a sealant

Add another 1-2 layers of Mod Podge to the scrapbook paper. This will create a sealant that will protect the paper from getting dirty or ripped.

 

magnetic strip for bobby pins

Step 3: glue on the magnet

Cut the magnet into a strip and glue it to the inside of the lid. This will come in handy if you plan to carry bobby pins in your travel tin.

 

accessory travel tin

When you’re ready, load up the tin! I like to carry hair ties, bobby pins and barrettes and such in mine, but you can carry whatever you want. It might be a good place to store first-aid kit elements like band-aids, wipes, gauze etc.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Upcycled Paper Organzier

DIY paper organizer upcycled craft

As many of you may know, my husband started a company not long ago. The downside of that is the paperwork that comes along with it. There are papers aaaaaallllllll over my house. Piles upon piles, and it drives me up the wall. I had to find a way to organize them.

The best craft projects come out of a need for something. I needed an organizational structure for all of the papers. You can make an organizer too. All you’ll need is a few supplies and 15-20 minutes.

 

paper organizer supplies

Paper Organizer Supplies

  • cereal box
  • duct tape
  • scissors

 

foundation for paper organizer diy

Step 1: frame the cereal box

Cut the edges of the cereal box at a downward angle.

Then cut across so the sliced edges meet.

 

duct tape covering for organizer

Step 2: Cover the box in Duct Tape

Starting with the edges you just cut, Duct Tape the corners and try to get them as even as as possible.

 

paper and folder organizer

Then, work your way down the box, smoothing the layers as you go.

 

DIY paper organizer upcycled craft

Now, all you have to do is start organizing.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Remote Organizer From A Cigar Box

DIY remote organizer upcycle

It’s tough when you don’t like having a lot of things in your house but you also don’t like to throw stuff away if you can reuse it. That’s the basis for the craft project. 

I have a few cigar boxes laying around that I’ve been thinking about upcycling for a while. This weekend, I finally did it. Wohoo!

It’s really easy and prob took less than 30 minutes. Want to try it? Keep reading. 
Cigar box organizer supplies

Cigar box organizer supplies

  • Paint brush
  • Cigar box
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Exactly knife and ruler OR paper cutter

Scrapbook paper sized for cigar box

Step 1: meadure and cut

Measure the sides of your cigar box. 

Cut scrapbook paper pieces to those sixes. 
Glue scrapbook paper to cigar box

Step 2: glue the paper to the box

glue your scrapbook paper to the sides of the cigar box.

You should have something that looks like this. 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a fun new place to store your tv, XBox and other remotes. 

You can even makes separators to better organize your things if you would. Use cardboard and glue for that. My box wasn’t big enough to need those, but they would make a fun addition. 

DIY remote organizer upcycle
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments. 

Happy crafting!

DIY Upcycled Charger and Cord Organizer

DIY Upcycled cord and storage organizer

In the past few years, I’ve accumulated numerous cords and chargers, as I’m sure many of you have. I used to store them in a basket, but that got messy quickly. Every time I wanted one I’d have to untangle several. That’s obviously not an effective storage solution.

I decided to upcycle a cardboard box and some toilet paper rolls to design a better option. So far, it seems to be working pretty well. I haven’t had to untangle anything, which is just wonderful.

Want to try it? You only need a few supplies to get started. If you do any amount of crafting you probably have most of them already.

 

charger and cord organizer materials

Materials needed for your upcycled cord storage box

  • box
  • ruler
  • toilet paper rolls
  • scissors/exacto knife
  • Duct Tape or scrapbook paper

**Add glue to that list if you’ve chose to work with scrapbook paper instead of decorative tape.

upcycling a storage box with Duck Tape

Step 1: cover your box with Duct Tape

Cover your cardboard box in Duct Tape or scrapbook paper, whichever you prefer.

 

Duck Tape covered toilet paper rolls

Step 2: cover the toilet paper rolls with Duct Tape

Repeat the process with your TP rolls.

 

DIY Upcycled cord and storage organizer

Fill your rolls with chargers and cords, set the rolls upright in the box and you’re done! Storage made easy. Now you don’t have to untangle anything! Very exciting.

If you’re more interested in organizing the cords that are always plugged in, check out the tutorial for my Device Charging Station instead:

DIY device charging station

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy crafting!

 

Tin Craft Challenge: Upcycled Soda Cans

DIY upcycled soda cans

This month’s craft challenge is tin… which means that I struggled to think of something fun because so many crafters upcycle soup and tuna cans. Don’t get me wrong, those upcycles are amazing. Don’t believe me? Check them out. Bird feeders, candle holders, garden accessories… the list is endless.

But I wanted something a little more original. I chose to upcycle some coconut water cans, but you can do it with soda cans, carbonated water cans, beer cans… whatever you want. The cans I used are sturdier than the typical drinking can. It takes a lot more effort to smash them, so I’m confident that they will last for a while.

 

A lot of people drink soda. As a result, many of the cans get tossed in the garbage, or maybe the recycling bin. Regardless of your method of disposal, we can still find ways to reuse them instead of throwing them out.

Want to give it a shot? Grab your soda cans and keep reading.

 

upcycled tin can materials

Upcycled Tin Can Materials

  • tin cans
  • lace ribbon
  • spray paint
  • hot glue and gun

 

tin can upcycling

Step 1: cut off the top of the can

Using the can opener, slice off the top of the can like you would a can of vegetables.

 

spray paint prep

Step 2: spray paint

Take your cans outside, or to a well-ventilated area.

Flip your cans upside down. (I laid down paper towns to avoid coloring the pavement, but that’s optional.)

let the cans dry for 1 minute between layers. When they’re completely covered, wait 10 minutes for them to dry.

If you’re using a spray paint besides Krylon, follow the instructions on the can.

 

lace ribbon

Step 3: glue on the lace

Cut the lace to the appropriate size and hot glue it around your cans.

 

DIY upcycled soda cans

When you’re finished, you’ll have some super cute cans. You can use them for storage, as a vase or put them on your desk at work to hold pens and other office supplies. Oooorrrrr you could put them in your bathroom to hold your makeup brushes! So many options.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting.

 

The Craft Challenge

This is a craft made for The Craft Challenge. Don’t forget to check out Emily’s tin craft over at A Pop of Red.

 

 

DIY Upcycled Travel-Sized Pencil Case

DIY duck tape pencil case

Upcycling is a wonderful thing! It prevents your old stuff from getting thrown away and it gives me more craft projects to work on. Everybody wins.

As you can see from the title, this pencil case is upcycled. A week or so ago I bought a new makeup brush and it came in that plastic holder. I figured I’d be able to use it for something, so I kept it. Turns out, it makes a pretty sweet travel case for my drawing pens and pencils.

I’ve been drawing for a very long time and have accumulated quite a few tools. A few months ago I made an organizer for all of them (image below). I have a small obsession. Don’t judge.

DIY upcycled artist travel case

It’s great and I love it… when I’m at home. But when I’m traveling (I always take my sketchbook with me) I need something more compact. I can’t drag this thing all over creation.

I decided to use the makeup brush holder as a pencil case. But it needed some flare. Some Duck Tape. It’s cute, durable and quick. Perfect.

Want to make one? Keep reading!

 

diy pencil case materials

Pencil Case Materials

  • Scissors
  • Duck Tape
  • Makeup brush holder

 

Step 1: cover the flap and strip with Duck Tape

I know it’s hard to see in the first picture because the material is clear, but I lifted the flap of the brush holder and stuck the Duck Tape to the back of it.

Then, fold it over the other side.

Cut off the excess tape.

Do the same thing with the strip across the case that the flap folds under to close the case.

 

duck tape design

Step 2: tape the remainder of the case

Pull out a nice long strip of Duck Tape and stick it to the back of the case. Try to get it as straight as you can. I have no secrets for success here. You really just have to eyeball it.

Then, fold it around the front and under the strip.

 

DIY duck tape pencil case

Look at that! A travel pen/pencil case with some flare. It fits about 4 regular sized pens (the ones pictured above are pretty skinny). That’s plenty for me. I love it and I will use it every time I travel.

Let me know what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy 4th to my American followers!

DIY Upcycled Grocery Bag Storage Container

DIY upcycled grocery bag storage container

Like many Americans, I drink too much coffee. I used to buy it all from Trader Joe’s so I had a lot of cardboard containers left over. I try to avoid throwing them away so I upcycle them. Grocery bag storage seemed like a great way to recycle.

This was my grocery bag situation:

grocery bags

I know, it’s rough. I’m ashamed of myself. That junk needed concealed somehow.

Enter: the Trader Joe’s coffee container.

materials used to make DIY upcycled grocery bag storage

Materials needed for homemade grocery bag storage

  • pen
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • old container
  • scrapbook paper

 

scrapbook paper sized for grocery bag storage container

Step 1: measure and cut

Measure your container and cut your scrapbook paper to comfortably wrap around it.

 

grocery bag storage idea

Step 2: glue the paper to the container

Using your Mod Podge, glue your appropriately-sized paper around the container.

Tip: Don’t use too much glue or the paper will warp.

 

diy paper pabels

Step 3: create your label

Use a piece of excess scrapbook paper to make a label. Fold it in half and cut a shape similar to the one in the image above.

I freehanded mine, but you can use one of these printable label templates if you prefer.

 

homemade storage label

Step 4: label it

Write out your label for the storage container.

 

grocery bag label

Step 5: glue on the label

Glue your label to the container.

Tip: If you used a pen or marker to write on your label, give it a few minutes to dry or the ink might smear.

 

DIY upcycled grocery bag storage container

When you’re finished, you’ll have a much nicer storage option than I did when I started. Now that it’s not such an eyesore, I feel better about leaving the bags out in the open. It’s amazing how many grocery bags can fit in that little thing.

You can even cut a little slit in the lid (like a bank) if you want to have easy access. I’m going to stick with lid removal.

I’d love to hear what you think. What do you like about it? What would you change? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Rope Vanity Organizer from Oatmeal Container

DIY roped dresser organizer

We eat a good bit of oatmeal in my house and I try to reuse the containers whenever possible. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that I write tutorials for upcycled crafts a good bit. This is going to be one of them.

Oatmeal containers are perfect for open-top storage, like these roped organizers. They’re short enough that many items can be stored inside and you have easy access. Perfect for lotion bottles, perfume, deodorant, etc, which my vanity happens to be overflowing with at the moment. What a great time to repurpose those containers.

They’re super cute and cost almost nothing. You buy the oatmeal for $2-$3 at the grocery store and stop at the hobby shop on your way home for some craft rope (or jute). That won’t cost more than $6, and you won’t even use the whole thing.

materials needed for DIY dresser organizer

Oatmeal storage container materials

  • Jute
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Oatmeal container
  • Scissors/utility knife
  • Rubber band (optional)

 

oatmeal-container-craft

Oatmeal container cut in half

Step 1: cut the container in half

A rubber band will be handy for this step, but it’s not necessary if you think you can eyeball it.

Wrap the rubber band around the container and situate it in the center the whole way around. Use the rubber band as a guide and make a cut right below it around the container to ensure the top is even.

It doesn’t have to be perfect because no one is going to see it.

 

half of the oatmeal container

Step 2: glue the lid on

Glue the lid to the container. You don’t want anything falling out of it when you start organizing!

 

glue rope to oatmeal container

rope-wrapped-oatmeal-container

Step 3: wrap the container with jute

Glue the end of your rope to the bottom of the container and glue every inch or two as your wrap it around.

Continue this process until you get to the top. When you’ve gone as far as you can go, cut the rope at an angle and glue it down.

 

rope coiled organizer

When you’re finished, you should have something that looks the this.

 

DIY roped dresser organizer

Now you can load it full of your dresser or vanity items and never have to organize them again. That’s pretty exciting for me!

As always, I’d love to hear what you think.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Desk Organizer From A Cereal Box

DIY desk organizer from a cereal box

I’m not a hoarder of all things; I don’t like to have a lot of possessions, but I do tend to hoard notebooks and sketchbooks like a madwoman. I know I’ll use them, so if I find good ones on sale I’ll buy them. Before I know it, I have stacks of them all over my desk. No one hates piles of stuff more than I do. That’s when I decided I needed a desk organizer.

I thought about buying one, or ten, but thought, I can make that myself. If I can upcycle something to make it, that’s even better!

I started digging for cereal boxes and found one that would fit (size wise) most of my notebooks. Perfect.

If you want to make one, you can follow along with my tutorial below. You don’t need much and it doesn’t take long.

DIY desk organizer materials

DIY Desk Organizer Materials

  • scissors
  • weights*
  • cereal box
  • Duck Tape
  • Hot melt glue and gun

*Weights are optional.

 

cut cereal box

Step 1: cut the cereal box

Cut the cereal box at an angle like in the image above. This is going to serve as the base for your organizer.

 

Weights for organizer

Step 2 (optional): add weight

You don’t have to add weights if you don’t want to. I was worried about the notebooks being too heavy and causing the organizer to tip over.

I used small tiles, but you can use whatever you want.

 

Duct Taped cereal box

Desk organizer with Duct Tape

Step 3: Duck Tape

Layer the Duck Tape onto the cereal box. Start with the solid color and then add the designer tape. Keep going until the box is covered.

I added tape around the rim as well to polish it off.

 

DIY desk organizer from a cereal box

When you’re finished, you’re notebooks and papers will have a home and your desk will be organized! For me, that’s a huge sigh of relief.

I’m thinking about making a few more. What do you think? Do you have a favorite Duck Tape design that you might use for this?

I was considering the woodgrain or black and white flower design.

 

DIY Upcycled Storage Box

cardboard box paint storage

This week, I got out my acrylic paints and the plastic bucket I keep them in broke right down the side. Paint tubes spilled out all over the floor. That was my inspiration for this week’s Make Something Monday’s craft project.  There’s a little bit of good in every situation, right?

Since I try to work on a lot of upcycled crafts, I had kept some cardboard shipping boxes from Christmas to reuse. I found one that would hold all of my paint and decided to turn it into a storage box. Now, I have to make a concerted effort to not buy any more paint because, as you can see, the box is pretty full (and I probably don’t need any more paint).

I’ve been trying to throw away less and reuse more and this is a great way to do it. I’m sure you have boxes stacked by the garbage to take out on trash day. Don’t do it! Get some decorative Duct Tape and turn them into pretty storage boxes.

upcycled storage box materials

DIY Storage Box Materials

  • Scissors
  • Duct Tape
  • Cardboard box

This might be the shortest materials list I’ve ever had for a craft.

Duct Tape decorated storage box

Step 1

Begin to layer the Duct Tape around the box in even strips.

Repeat until your box is covered OR move onto step 2.

decorative storage box

Step 2 (optional)

If you want, you can add a solid strip of Duct Tape to break up the design a bit.

upcycled box paint storage

Step 3

Pile in your stuff!

cardboard box paint storage

And you’re done!

I like this idea much more than throwing the boxes away. Do you know how much money people spend on storage boxes? Neither do I, but it’s too much. In my mind, the less crap I have the better. But I still have stuff that needs to be organized so I can find it. For that stuff, I use shoe boxes, shipping boxes, old jars and tins. That stuff is especially useful for storing my craft and art supplies.

So, next time you think about throwing away a cardboard box, take it to your closet instead, get some Duct Tape next time you’re out and beautify it. The tape is so great because there are so many designs, so many places to buy it and it lasts forever. I like to get my from hobby shops like Michael’s or Pat Catan’s, but you can get it at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon, or somewhere else online. I believe they have a generic version at the Dollar Store, too.

Hope you all enjoyed! Happy crafting!