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
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.
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.
Then, work your way down the box, smoothing the layers as you go.
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:
I know, it’s rough. I’m ashamed of myself. That junk needed concealed somehow.
Enter: the Trader Joe’s coffee container.
Materials needed for homemade grocery bag storage
Step 1: measure and cut
Measure your container and cut your scrapbook paper to comfortably wrap around it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DIY Storage Box Materials
This might be the shortest materials list I’ve ever had for a craft.
Begin to layer the Duct Tape around the box in even strips.
Repeat until your box is covered OR move onto step 2.
Step 2 (optional)
If you want, you can add a solid strip of Duct Tape to break up the design a bit.
Pile in your stuff!
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.
I don’t know about you, but I try to recycle or upcycle as much as possible. I keep 6-pack carriers, pasta jars and disposable tupperware because I know I can use them for other things, like storage.
A few months ago I made a travel case for my sketchbook, and I love it, but I can’t carry a ton of pens in it. Sometimes, I like to work on colorful drawings that require a variety of pens or pencils, so I decided to make an organizer from an old 6-pack carrier. I don’t plan take it outside of my house, but it will be nice to have all of my tools in one place and not strewn across the table as I work.
It should only take about an hour to make. All of the instructions are below if you want to construct your own.
Upcycled Artist Organizer Materials
Duct tape the edges of your carrier to keep the it from folding flat.
Measure (or trace) the sides of the box and cut out scrapbook paper pieces to match those dimensions.
Brush some Mod Podge onto the carrier and firmly press the paper down. Repeat this process for the rest of the carrier.
Then, brush thin layer over the scrapbook paper to seal it. Don’t forget the edges!
Step 4 (optional)
Cut out the top left segment so that a sketchbook can fit in your new organizer.
When you’re done, drop in your drawing tools and enjoy!
I was excited to make a recycled cardboard wreath! My candy-cane wreath is getting old so it is time for a new one. I never really cared much for wreaths until I made that one, but now I kind of enjoy seeing something colorful on my door when I come home. I am easily amused.
So, for this craft you will need a bunch of cardboard rolls. I think I used 12? I’ve been planning to make this wreath for a few weeks now, so I have been saving.
Things You Will Need:
Hot glue gun
Maybe some paper towels
Cut your toilet paper rolls so the cuts are about 1/2″ wide. You should get about 5 pieces per roll.
Paint the inside of the cardboard roll. Let it dry.
Paint the outside of the cardboard roll. Let it dry.
Glue the cardboard petals together to look like a flower. Similar to the above photo.
Glue the flowers together and possibly add on a few extra petals to make everything look a bit more even.
Add some ribbon for show!
This wreath is great for summer 🙂 I know it isn’t quite summer yet but I’m hopeful.