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 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


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!



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