Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all clutter with:

 ||| PAINT DIPPED BASKETS |||

Wicker baskets continue to stay in style and are such practical storage solutions. It can add an extra layer of color and texture to a room while keeping things tidy.

I wanted to update my basket with a dipped effect, but was hesitant to use the real dipping process (filling up a tub with paint and dipping the basket inside). I saw disaster written all over that. So instead I took a different approach and got the same look …..

Supplies

Instructions

I masked off areas of the baskets with masking tape and painted them with a small paint brush, working simultaneously between the inside and outside to avoid drips collecting between the wicker. Once I had finished painting the baskets I removed the masking tape before the paint had chance to dry to avoid the paint chipping off.

Using the painting tape, cover around the basket at the point where you want the paint to end. I tucked the tape in to the ribs of the basket a little to prevent paint dripping on to the lower parts. (Note that I painted the top half of my basket, as opposed to the bottom half)

For the first coat, I used a standard cut in tip paint brush. Starting at the top of the basket, I worked my way down with the paint.

Since we’re not painting a flat surface, the first coat is likely not going to completely cover all the basket. That’s OK!

Once the first coat dries (a couple hours), I used my small acrylic paint brush to get in to the nooks with a second coat.

As you can see the second coat really did the trick!

Once you’re satisfied with the paint coverage, slowly and carefully remove the painting tape BEFORE the paint dries. Removing painting tape over dry paint can sometimes pull the paint off as well!

I took a chance and didn’t use a protective clear top coat and haven’t had any issues with chipping yet. If you’re not as much of a dare devil as I am, I really like xxx protective coat. Just give it a quick spray in a well-ventilated area.

I used this basket in our guest room to store an extra blanket and magazines for our guests. But the uses for decorative baskets are really endless. And remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune on these if you’re willing to invest in a little DIYing!

 

 

 

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with 19 extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

Meet the Bloggers

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day    Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Jennifer | Smart Fun DIY   Lindsay | Crazy Organized    Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main    Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty    Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

Follow along on our Pinterest board for more upcycled inspiration!

Take a look at all these bloggers’ amazing thrift store projects:


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The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

At the end of each year, I organize all my Christmas decorations in to perfectly labeled bins, while my stacks of Christmas lights are a disaster. After spending hours putting away the rest of our decorations, inevitably I get too frustrated with the lights and just throw the tangled mess of lights in the bin claiming to deal with it ‘next year’.

Fast forward to next year when I’m putting up the Christmas lights. Not only do I NOT know which lights are which type (colored, white, icicle), it takes hours to untangle all the strands. And this is all before I even hang up a single light! For those of you who love to have Christmas lights hung around your home, you know that hanging them up is no easy feat.

So to make things easier for the NEXT YEAR, create these simple Christmas Light Storage Organizers.

Easy to Store Christmas Light Organizers

Supplies

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

Instructions

Since all my Christmas light organizers will go into a large plastic bin, my first step was to measure the bin. I can then determine the appropriate size organizers.

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

My bin measured 22 by 17 inches, so I opted to have two rows of cardboard organizers (each individually measuring at 19 by 7 inches).

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

With my measurements, I’m able to get 4 Christmas light organizers out of each piece of cardboard. Since the cardboard is really thick, I used my cutting machine to cut the pieces, but a strong scissor will also work.

Once your pieces are cut, you’ll want to make small grooves along one side of the cardboard strips to hold the lights. I prefer to use scissors, as opposed to my rotary tools, to cut the grooves.

I made 9 grooves in each cardboard piece, 2 inches deep and spaced out 2 inches apart. Depending on your cardboard size, the number of grooves you opt to have may different. Don’t worry about exact measurements on this part. It doesn’t need to be perfect, as I just eyeballed mine. For each groove, I cut out a tiny silver of the cardboard so that the lights have enough room to loop around it.

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

I counted and sorted all my strands of lights based on color (white or multi-colored) and type (icicle or regular) so that I knew how to label the organizers.

Then I was ready to label each organizer appropriately. I used a thick black marker to write on the top of the cardboard on both sides, but you could use labels as well. (I got a little lazy 🙂 .)

You’ll definitely appreciate having your Christmas lights labeled each year when you go to hang them up!

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

Pro tip: label the cardboard BEFORE you wrap the lights around it.

I wrapped my lights around each groove twice before moving on to the next groove, but yours will depend on the length of your lights and cardboard.

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!
The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

Now just toss these in your storage bin for next year. I was amazing how much extra space I now had in my bins. (Right in time to stock up on all those left over Christmas decorations on clearance 🙂 .)

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

You’ll  have no excuse next year not to put up all our Christmas lights!


The BEST way to store and organize Christmas lights!

 

 

 

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Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I’m here to prove that organizing doesn’t always have to be expensive. All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all those indivdiual batteries with a

 ||| Battery Storage |||

It’s gets better …. I’m not alone in this challenge! Pairing up with 19 other talented ladies, we’re bringing you our monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge 2

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Sherry | Savvy Apron

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled inspiration!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Supplies

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Instructions

I was on the hunt for the perfect silverware holder at Goodwill last weekend and believe it or not THIS was it! Although it’s not quite a looker right now, it will be getting quite the makeover. This silverware holder was DISGUSTING! I mean completely gross. So the first step for me was to give it a really good scrub. Soap and water worked wonders.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

There were some pretty gross velvet coverings both in the inside of each tray AND on the back. Obviously that had to go. It just took a fork and a little tug for the mess to be GONE! I then did one more scrub with a damp rag just to get all the dirt out. And then I thoroughly washed my hands 🙂 .

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Once dry, I did a quick and light sanding all around. No need to go crazy with the sand paper. One quick sanding is enough to give the spray paint something to grip on to. After sanding make sure to wipe down the silverware holder to ensure all the dust is out BEFORE moving on to the spray paint.

Now I’m a HUGE fan of spray paint. It’s without a doubt my favorite DIY home decor supply. The transformation it can do on a less-than-stunning item is amazing. If you’ve never spray painted home items before, take a look at my top 10 tips to spray paint success before moving on. You’ll be a pro in no time!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

If you notice in the photo above, there’s some remnants of that ugly velvet lining. That small part just wouldn’t come off so I left it on. I didn’t panick because although you can still see it now even after we spray painted, once the scrapbook paper lining goes down it will disappear!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Using my colorful scrapbook paper, I cut out lining for each of the trays. There’s no magic formula that will make this easy (unfortunately!), but my paper cutter seriously came in handy. Through trial and error I slowly cut thin strips off my lining to get the absolute perfect fit.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

I attached scrapbooking tape to the corners of each paper liner. Regular tape will probably work great as well. I really just wanted to ensure the corners are taped down so that they don’t fray once inside the silverware holder.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Now on to my favorite part …. labeling. I’ve never seen an item that couldn’t use a label. For this project, I whipped out my Epson portable label maker. Best. Organizing. Tool. EVER. For me it’s been totally worth the investment as it incorporates two of my favorite things: labels & my iphone. I can create the labels directly through an app on my iphone. GENIUS. Just last week I shared TWO organizing projects that both needed labels: 5 minute decorative binder clips & a portable medical binder.

Regardless of what label making tool you use, you’ll want a black ink with clear labels for each of your battery types. I created labels for my most common types of batteries AND a “Misc” for those one offs (aka – a watch battery).

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Make sure to place your label at the top of each tray so when you fill the tray full of batteries your label is still visible.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Now all your have to do is fill up the trays with all your batteries!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!
Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

May you NEVER have to search for a battery again!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!

 

 

 

 

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Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

Right when I thought I had officially lost my mind for holding on to a couple Pringles cans in hope of a DIY inspiration for so long, it came to me (after months of sitting in my craft closet)! Thank goodness because that closet was slowly turning in to one of those rooms in the house that you pretend doesn’t exist when friends come over because it’s so embarrassingly messy.  Fortunately this DIY pen holder was serving three purposes: 1) getting rid of those Pringles cans that I insisted on holding on to, 2) making an quick way to find my craft pens, pencils and scissors & 3) the first step in my complete craft closet clean up (hey, pens have to be organized too). More to come on #3 in future posts!

Supplies:

  • Mini Pringles can(s)
  • Colorful card stock paper
  • Scissor & measuring tape OR a paper cutter (this one is my FAV!)
  • Tape (either scrap-booking tape or even regular scotch tape will work!)

This DIY is so simple, yet totally handy, you’ll be eating up your Pringles as quickly as possible. Once the cans are empty, wash them out with a damp rag to ensure all the grease is gone before jumping in to the DIY.

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

My mini Pringles cans are 3.5 inches tall. So I cut my card stock just a little shorter at 3.25 inches by 11 inches.

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

I placed scrap-booking tape on the back of both ends and middle of the card stock. Then I simply wrapped the paper around the can, making sure the paper stayed below the silver lip on top.

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

And … well that’s it! A completely simple, yet totally practical DIY storage solution. There’s not much that I love more than a FREE easy organizing solution!

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can! Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

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Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

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Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

Since getting our new puppy in December, it seems like we’re going through a lot more dirty towels & washcloths to clean up all spills that a crazy little puppy will cause! Living in a 3 story townhouse, I was definitely getting my exercise walking up all the flights of stairs to put just one dirty towel in the laundry basket. That’s when the piles started building up in the kitchen.

Disgusting dirty towel piles.

My quick solution was to put these in a reusable grocery bag to just get them out of sight. And THEN that’s when the light bulb went off…. I was going to make labeled “Clean” & “Dirty” bags for all our kitchen towels & rags.

I purchased a couple black medium size canvas tote bags. I chose for black bags to prevent the appearance of getting dirty, which really just means that I won’t have to wash them as much 🙂 . With a black tote bag, I opted for light colored fabric paint. My creative juices weren’t exactly flowing so I just grabbed a white & silver, but the color combos are endless. Literally!

The nice thing about these fabric paints is that you CAN put them in the laundry. So far I’ve only tested in on the delicate cycle, but they claim they’ll work fine on a regular wash cycle.

When possible I try to select the items on Amazon that are eligible for ‘Amazon Prime’ which means the item has two day shipping for FREE (the Amazon Prime items tend to be cheaper as well). If you’re not an Amazon member and want to try out prime, you can try out a 30 day trial here.

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

Once you’ve got your supplies your FIRST step should be to wash your canvas bags in the washer, skipping the fabric softener. Next iron them so that you’re starting with a nice even flat slate.

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

I truly wish I was one of those people who could create beautiful cursive writing naturally. It’s incredibly awkward watching me try to write anything on crafting material (so you definitely aren’t getting an ‘in action’ shots). A couple things I do to make it look better:

  • I used two pieces of paper to form the top and bottom line of my writing so that all letters are the same size and don’t start drifting outside the ‘lines’.
  • I type out my letters in a word document first. I then adjust the sizing according to the project I’m doing and print. When I’m ready to do my lettering, I have a really great example sitting right in front of me to follow.
  • I use Font Bundles fonts for a lot of the labeling throughout my house, but have found that I can also use these fun font styles in the word doc that I print out to mimic (I’ve never been in love with the standard Microsoft fonts).

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

I did a couple coats of fabric paint on each of my bags to write out clean and dirty, letting them dry for at least 1 hour in between. I strongly recommend doing this project somewhere away from anything or anyone that could nock it over. There were a couple accidents in my house 🙂 . If you were to look on the other side of the ‘dirty’ bag, you’d see what happens when a 4 month old doberman successfully grabs it from the kitchen counter.  Rookie hack? Just turn it over and write on the OTHER side.

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

The next morning after allowing these to fully dry overnight, I hung them up in our first floor storage closet right next to our kitchen.

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

I’ll let you guess which bag is more full at any given time at our house 🙂 .
Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

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Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

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Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

As many of you know Joe & I got a doberman puppy, Reagan, in December and although we are absolutely in love with her, I’m NOT in love with the mess a puppy can bring to a home. As someone who cleans her baseboards regularly, I’m adjusting to have ‘dog dirt’ (as I call it) in my house at all times. We’re also learning just how much energy puppies have and might be hitting a world record in time spent playing fetch. This all equates to lots and LOTS of toys! Walking in to our family room likely resembles a dog store at times as we toss anything to Reagan to keep her entertained.

toy storageMy dad sent us a huge container of Garretts popcorn for Christmas which brings back awesome memories as I used to live next door to a Garretts store in my Chicago days. You can’t tell from this picture, but our favorite flavor is the cheese! Reagan was trying to chew on the tin as I was taking it out to the garbage (Joe & I devoured it in less than a week), which made me realize that it would be a great toy storage container! Yes, she may like to chew on it, but because it’s metal, she can’t actually destroy it as she has other baskets. With a couple craft supplies and a cute label, this would be a sustainable storage solution for Reagan’s toys.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Supplies for Toy Storage Container:

When possible I try to select the items on Amazon that are eligible for ‘Amazon Prime’ which means the item has two day shipping for FREE (the Amazon Prime items tend to be cheaper as well). If you’re not an Amazon member and want to try out prime, you can try out a 30 day trial here.

Since I do a lot of arts and crafts, I had everything in my craft room (aka – tiny storage closet) minus the labels. Before I even started the project, I cleaned out the container really well. That popcorn smell can linger!

Now the Garretts popcorn tin design, although cute, definitely wasn’t the look I’m going for 🙂 . Enter spray paint. Using painters tape, I taped the top ring of the container to create a nice line where the spray paint would stop. The inside of the container is silver, a color that would go nicely, so I opted NOT to spray the inside.

I laid down a couple broken down cardboard boxes outside our front door to create a space to spray paint the tin. Two light coats were enough to cover it completely. I can’t emphasize LIGHT coats enough. There’s a couple spots that I was a little (a lot) too aggressive with the spray paint. When that happens, the paint clumps up and doesn’t dry flat. I’m obviously still learning the virtue of patience and less is more! I let the tin sit at least 1 hour in between coats. I probably don’t need that much time, but spray painting a second coat on top of wet spray paint can look REALLY bad.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

While I was letting the paint dry (literally), I started on the labels. I use Font Bundles to get these really cute font styles. Personally, I like these better than the standard ones that Microsoft has. I went a little overboard one weekend and relabeled my laundry detergent (and my blog). I opened up a Microsoft word document and typed out the wording I wanted to stick on the tin.

‘Reagan’s Toys’

I then enlarged the words to the biggest font size I could get. Now before you go crazy and make your font a size 500, take a moment to measure your container to ensure that you won’t run out of room with your labels. I should have taken my own advice because I didn’t have enough room for the s on toys, so my container reads “Reagan’s Toy”. Let’s just say that this dog definitely has more than ONE toy!

After printing out the labels, I cut out each of the letters. Since I used a cursive font, most of the letters connected to each other; sometimes I cut them apart (see the R in the photo below) to make it easier to cut out. The nice thing about using clear label paper is that no one will notice if you cut outside the lines.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Once you’ve got all your letters cut out, simply peal off the paper on the back of the label and stick away! I didn’t use a ruler or anything to keep my letters even around the container as the popcorn tin had a ridge on the top that I followed. If it hadn’t I would have likely used a ruler & a couple post-it notes to measure and mark where the labels should go. I like using post-it notes instead of a pencil mark so that I don’t have to try to erase it.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Once you’ve got the labels attached, it’s modge podge time! Modge Podge will act as a great sealer to the spray paint and labels. This is essential as Reagan’s nails would have completely scrapped the labels and paint off. With the modge podge acting as a protective cover, Reagan can attack the tin as much as she wants and nothing gets damaged. It’s been a while since I’ve used modge podge, so there was a moment of panic when I started applying it. It doesn’t look great at first. But DON’T freak out like I did. Remember, it’s a glue. It goes on white, but drys clear.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

From popcorn to puppy toys. Who would have thought??

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!I really liked that I could ‘customize’ this toy storage tin to the color scheme I wanted (white), but also had the cute font on it for a punch of DIY. I can easily tuck this tin away next to our couch. Reagan is slowly learning to accept this storage solution after spending the first two days aggressively barking at the tin.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Let’s just say that Reagan was not as excited about this new storage solution as I was. Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Now if I could just teach Reagan to PUT her toys in to the container 🙂 .

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Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

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After a couple months of Amazon Subscribe & Save, Joe & I realized that our eyes were a little bigger than our stomach when ordering 3 containers of Oatmeal per month. Although the unintended purpose, these make ideal storage containers. They just needed some sprucing up!

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What you need

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

Measure the height & width of your containers (mine measured to be xx inches high and xx inches wide). I cut the contact paper 1/4 inch less than the height of the container and 2 inches longer than the width, so mine came out to be xxx by xxx). I prefer to use my paper cutter but you can definitely just use a scissor!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

After cutting the paper to size, peel one edge of the backing. Line up the sticky edge to the container, leaving the 1 inch allowance. Slowly press the adhesive side of the contact paper down on to the container while slowly peeling back the paper backing. Go in smooth strokes, pushing out any air bubbles a small section at a time. If any air bubbles do get trapped, you can just pull the adhesive back to smooth it down again.

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

Now all you have to do is fill them!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

I opted to use three of mine for under the sink storage. These worked perfect to quickly grab a garbage bag and separating out my small & large ziplock bags. Plus it gave a little design to an otherwise unattractive cabinet space.

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

To decorative diy storage containers & years of oatmeal ahead of us!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

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Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

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Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!This is my story of the missing socks. Sure enough, after a load of laundry there’s always at least one random sock without it’s partner.

every. single. time.

I’m convinced the drain eats them up or they mysterious get in between the walls. I put the solo socks back in my dresser drawer assuring myself that once I find the matching sock I’ll remember to pair them. Enter a sock drawer of individual unpaired socks.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

The solution: only paired socksget put back into the bedroom dresser drawers. Until the sock has it’s pair, it gets stored in the laundry room in these cute labeled baskets.

SUPPLIES

  • Two decorative baskets **
  • Ribbon
  • Labels (I used these)
  • Hole punch

** I made a second basket for socks that were past their prime and ones that truly lost their partner AKA “cleaning rags”.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

INSTRUCTIONS

Either hand-write or type out your labels, trimming according to label holder size. I typed mine and just printed on plain printer paper. Slip the labels in to the clear label holders and make a hole punch on each side.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Next loop the ribbon through the label holes ensuring the ribbon runs in the back of the label. Pull the ribbon around the entire basket, tying in a knot tightly on the back of the basket.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Tada! You’ve got one basket for single socks and one for ‘socks turned rags’! Each time I do the laundry and find a single sock, I simply check my sock basket to either find it’s match or place the single sock in it.

Keep these out on top of your laundry machine or tuck them away in a nearby cabinet.

May your socks never be single again!

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

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Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

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