DIY Sewing Box from a Cigar Box

diy sewing box made from a cigar box

My current excuse for a sewing box is a mini mason jar and it’s overflowing. I’m definitely in need of a bigger one so I was on the lookout for a way to make one.

My husband occasionally smokes cigars and has accumulated a few cigar boxes over the years. I won’t let him throw them away because I know I can upcycle them when I think of the right project. These boxes are perfect for sewing boxes because they’re spacious and sturdy (since they’re usually made of wood).

Grab the materials below and we’ll get started!

supplies for making diy sewing box

Supplies to make your own sewing box

  • nails
  • scissors
  • cigar box
  • Mod Podge
  • super glue
  • sponge brush

 

scrapbook paper cutouts

Step 1: measure and cut scrapbook paper to decorate the cigar box

Measure your box, or trace the edges, onto the scrapbook paper and cut out the pieces.

 

cigar box upcycled craft

Step 2: glue the scrapbook paper to the cigar box

Using the Mod Podge, glue the scrapbook paper to your cigar box.

Let it dry.

To protect the paper, add another layer of Mod Podge on top (after the glue dries).

 

sewing box craft Step 3: glue in the nails

Using the super glue, adhere the flat top of the nail to the bottom of the cigar box.  Make sure you space them out appropriately for your thread.  I tend to buy mini sewing kits so I left space for some big spools and some small ones.

Let it dry.

Slide your thread spools over the nails.

diy sewing box made from a cigar box

When you’re done, you’ll have a nicely organized thread box! Now I have to figure out what to do with the needles. As you can see, they’re just strewn about. Any ideas?

Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Kitchen Roll Organizer From A Cereal Box

diy kitchen roll organizer

Those kitchen rolls, like plastic wrap and aluminum foil, drive me crazy because I can’t close my drawers without mangling the boxes. Recently, I finished a family-sized box of Cheerios and realized I could fit the rolls inside, so I wanted to find a way to upcycle it for kitchen storage.

Turns out, I had some plastic holds that I could use to hang it. The cupboard door seamed like a good location since it’s convenient, but out of the way. Now my drawer space is free for other things.

Want to make your own? Keep reading!

 

diy kitchen roll organizer materials

Kitchen organizer supplies

  • scissors
  • Duck Tape
  • family-sized cereal box
  • plastic stick-on hangers

 

cereal box kitchen organizer

Step 1: cut down the front of the cereal box

Following the creases, cut about 2 inches down the front of of the cereal box.

To ensure the cuts are even, fold it down and line it up with the edges. Then fold across and cut on that line.

 

upcycled cereal box

Step 1: cut diagonally upward from the front

Now, from the corners of the cut you just made, cut diagonally upward toward the top corner of the box.

Repeat for the other side.

 

cereal box upcycled crafts

Step 3: remove the back flap of the box

Cut across the top of the cereal box to remove the back flap.

 

Step 4: Duck Tape the box

Use the Duck Tape to decorate the box. You’ll want to cover the whole thing starting with the bottom and working your way up.

 

kitchen organizer duck tape

When you get to the top, just fold the Duck Tape inside.

 

kitchen organizer hangers

Step 5: place the stick-on hangers

Cut a small hole on the left and right corners of the backside of the cereal box.

Push the hangers through so the flat side is facing the outward.

Apply the sticky tape to the back of the hangers.

 

kitchen organizer plastic wrap aluminum foil

Step 6: hang the kitchen organizer

Stick your organizer wherever seems convenient. I choose the inside of my sink cupboard.

 

diy kitchen roll organizer

Fill it with plastic wrap, aluminum foil, plastic baggies or whatever else you want.

Hope you enjoyed this one. Happy crafting (and upcycling)!

 

 

DIY Window Photo Frame

diy window photo frame

As many of you know, my husband owns a brewery that opened this past year (yay!). Prior to the opening, he and his 3 partners spent about a year doing renovations to the space. Fortunately, we have a ton of pictures of the process, so one of his partners gave me an old window frame and asked me to turn it into a picture frame. What a great idea, Ben. I will do that. 🙂

Most of the photos were taken on a phone, so the quality wasn’t good enough to blow to fit the entire frame. I printed 4×6 photos and centered the images in each frame. That seemed to work out well.

Want to make your own? Keep reading!

 

window frame diy

window photo frame supplies

  • photos
  • window frame
  • Photo corners (self adhesive)

You can find the corner adhesives for your photos in the scrapbooking section of any craft store.

If you’re looking for an old window frame, check out upcycle shops, consignment shops or junk yards.

 

photo on window frame

Step 1: adhere your photos

Adhere the photo corners to one of your printed photos and center it in the window frame. Press down gently.

Repeat until all of the windows are filled.

 

diy window photo frame

I left the top left frame open because I want to put a brewery sticker or some other form of branding in there (which I don’t have at the moment). I’ll be sure to add another photo when it’s totally finished.

Depending on where you want to display your window, you might want to get some frame hangers.

Hope you like this one. Please leave your thoughts 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 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!