DIY desk organizing

diy desk organizer

I already bought the desk organizers but I found that something was lacking. I decorated the acrylic one with scrapbook paper and I thought that would be enough to meld into my office decor; but it wasn’t. I needed just a bit more style and finesse.

Since I couldn’t add decorative feet to the actual desk organizers; acrylic splits, paper tears; I decided to put each one up on a pedestal. I bought a primed plank of wood at Rona’s (or any hardware store) and cut it to fit my desktop organizers with a handsaw. I painted each piece to match the blue/brown/pink palette of my office, then added 4 acrylic drawer knobs to the bottom of each one, purchased from China, off Ebay, for $1.99 + $1.50 shipping.diy desk organizer (2)

cut, paint and drill holes in plank of wood

cut, paint and drill holes in plank of wood

diy desk organizer (1)

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Organize To-Do list

It’s all well and good to make a to-do list, but where do you put the list until you do the to-do? I have a little laptop stand right beside the office door and all I want (or have room for) on the narrow shelf are my chocolate covered almonds and my coffee coaster. No space for a to-do list.

Since I’m by the door I simply stuck a 3M Command hook in arms’ reach and used a hole punch on the to-do list to hang it up. Voilà, to do list off the laptop table but still visible.

organize to do list (and jewellery made by children)

organize to do list (and jewellery made by children)

DIY drawer dividers

My bathroom is a bit teeny so I added a plastic, three-drawer unit as storage for my time-of-the-month lady supplies. In order to divide the supplies into their relevant scheduled time during that-time-of-the-month I needed some drawer dividers. I was not about to buy anything so all I did was measure the width of the drawer (10 inches EXACTLY) and cut the same width pieces out of an empty cardboard box. In my case I painted these cardboard dividers first then cut them to a smidge LESS than 10 inches before inserting them in the drawer.  They wedged in perfectly.

diy drawer dividers

diy drawer dividers

diy drawer dividers with scrapbook paper in drawer front to make it prettier than plastic

diy drawer dividers with scrapbook paper in drawer front to make it prettier than plastic

Decorate notepaper

I found a new way to decorate paper for letter writing. I used a circle hole punch in a piece of cardstock, leaving a 3/4 inch border around the circle. I dobbed ink with a sponge inside the hole and onto pieces of looseleaf that I had cut to 6×8.

decorate notepaper

decorate notepaper

Then I used a corner rounder to edge the looseleaf (not pictured).

DIY gymnastic ribbon

To encourage dance, play and general running around and burning energy amongst my children, I hole punched 2 holes on opposite sides of a cardboard tube, threaded a ribbon through it and tied a big knot to hold it in place. My daughter choreographed a gymnastic ribbon routine on the spot.

diy gymnastic ribbon

diy gymnastic ribbon

DIY notepad

As a scrapbooker I often have piles of leftover paper that is hard to find a project for. We also always seem to be scrambling for a piece of paper and I love a compact notepad so I decided to make small, portable notepads out of my scraps.

Pages
Cut ~10 pages, preferably from lined paper or plain white paper (it’s easier to staple together later) that are 2 1/2 in square.

For the cover, cut a piece of scrapbook paper or card stock to 6 1/4 and 3 in.

Fold cover at the bottom over a ruler at 3/4 in and down from the top over a ruler at 2 1/2 in.

Line up all the pages and tuck them in the 3/4 in pocket. Staple in place near the bottom.

Tuck top flap into bottom flap, just above staple.

Decorate if you want.diy notepad (2)

diy notepad (1)

diy notepad

diy notepad

diy notepad (3)

Laundry room decor

Here’s what we moved in to:

laundry room before (washer)

laundry room before (washer)

laundry room before

laundry room before

laundry room before (dryer)

laundry room before (dryer)

Basically a giant closet with the washer and dryer in it. Not a bad deal really but it lacked, shall we say, charm and any sort of class. Now we’ve moved in, we have shelving in the basement storage room so it was time to make the laundry room a decent place to frequent. I put all the extra traveling bags I had hung up inside a suitcase and on a basement shelf.

all the bags in here

all the bags in here

Then all the hangers into a garment bag, also onto a basement storage shelf.

all hangers into a garment bag, to the basement

all hangers into a garment bag, to the basement

I removed the hanging bar, which wasn’t even screwed into a stud to reveal the shelf behind.laundry room after (4)To fill in the white wall without painting it I hung a large, blue-themed painting we had that was just hanging in the basement toy room. laundry room after (5)I got Hubby to push the washer ever so slightly further from the dryer so that I could wedge in a milk crate to store some of the laundry cleaning products.

a milk crate in between units

a milk crate in between units

I put two 3M Command hooks on the side of the dryer, one for the black bag of missing socks, the other for the delicates washing bag.

dryer

dryer

I added plants, a diy scrapbook calendar I had made, and a lazy suzan that Hubby hated in the kitchen and voilà, a decent looking laundry room.

dryer

dryer

diy birthday calendar

diy birthday calendar

laundry room decor

laundry room decor

Reuse kitchen sponge do dye envelopes

I got sick and tired of the 4 sponges Hubby bought me for cleaning that I never use because I’m a microfiber girl. They’ve been sitting under the kitchen sink for 3 years. Most of the sponges got cut up and put in giant planting pots to help hold water and cut down on the amount of dirt I’ll need.

I cut one sponge into 2 kid size pieces, set the kids up at a plank outside, gave them a bucket of very watered down purple paint and had them dob a dozen or so white envelopes and turn them purple. They spread the envelopes around the yard to dry, which took 15 minutes and everyone had fun. I didn’t do any work and I got beautiful envelopes.dye paper

put squirt of paint in empty yogurt container.  ANY type of paint will work.

put squirt of paint in empty yogurt container. ANY type of paint will work.

cut to kid size

cut to kid size

squirt of paint  covered in water.  You're trying to make a colour between muddy and transparent.

squirt of paint covered in water. You’re trying to make a colour between muddy and transparent.

Reuse toilet paper tubes to hold pencils

With four bathrooms in this house and 2 kids, I can collect tp tubes in a hurry. I needed to organize all my scrapbooking pencils and computer cords so I took my tp tube collection, covered it in paper, taped it together and voilà.

If you’re going to cover your tube you will need a piece of paper 5 3/4 inch by 3 7/8 inch, Mod Podge and 2 paper clips. Paint the back of the paper with the Mod Podge, wrap around the tube (there will be a slight overlap) and hold in place with a paper clip.

Let dry for an hour and tape the tubes together for greater stability and space saving. Or don’t, it doesn’t matter that much.tp roll pencil holder (1)

reuse toilet paper tubes as pencil holders

reuse toilet paper tubes as pencil holders

into my bamboo bucket with other supplies

into my bamboo bucket with other supplies

tp roll pencil holder (2)

DIY wax seal

I took a wine bottle cork, pushed a finishing nail into it, leaving about 1/4 inch hanging out the bottom which I coated in hot glue then pushed a 2×2 Lego brick onto the hot glue.

I formed a “pot” out of aluminum foil to protect the burner from any wax spills and melted a blue crayon and a 1 in square piece of parowax in an empty, small metal candle container which I put inside the aluminum foil “pot”.

Once melted I poured a bit of wax on my envelope and let it cool considerably before pressing my Lego seal into the wax.

diy wax seal

diy wax seal