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 Beer Magnets

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

I don’t know about you, but I like beer. Craft beer in particular. I also like upcycling so, I save my beer caps to use for DIY crafts. This time around, I’m making beer cap magnets.

It doesn’t have to beer caps though. It can be any bottle cap. I’m sure you drink soda, flavored water or specialty beverages that come in glass bottles, right? You can save those and make your own! It’s really easy. Seriously, it takes longer for the glue to dry than it takes to finish the magnets.

Want to try it? Keep reading.

 

beer magnet materials

Beer cap magnet materials

  • magnets
  • beer caps
  • super glue

You can find all of these items at the craft store. You can even buy blank beer caps there.

Super glued magnets and beer bottle cap

Step 1 (and only): Glue the magnets to the bottle cap

Glue one magnet to the back of the bottle cap and glue the second magnet on top of the first one.

Let it dry. My super glue requires 24 hours.

 

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

It’s a quick and fun craft. These make the best quirky gifts too. If there’s a beer (or soda) lover in your life, collect the caps from their favorite brands and get to work. They’ll love it, I promise.

Let me know what you think! Which brands would you choose?

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 Upcycled Artist Organizer

DIY upcycled artist travel case

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.

 

artist travel case materials

Upcycled Artist Organizer Materials

Pencil
Scissors
Duct tape
Mod Podge
6-pack carrier
Sponge brush
Scrapbook paper

 

artist case edges

Step 1

Duct tape the edges of your carrier to keep the it from folding flat.

 

artist case cut outs

Step 2

Measure (or trace) the sides of the box and cut out scrapbook paper pieces to match those dimensions.

 

artist case siding

Step 3

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!

 

sketchbook slot

Step 4 (optional)

Cut out the top left segment so that a sketchbook can fit in your new organizer.

 

upcycled travel 6 pack

When you’re done, drop in your drawing tools and enjoy!

 

DIY upcycled artist travel case

Hope you enjoyed my artist organizer.

Happy crafting!