In the mean time, I am making these organizers for my new room. I have figured out that our household uses certain things all the time. The girls drink bottled water by the case, so I save the card board box it comes in. My husband likes the 4 C drink mix, so I save the tube shaped container that it comes in and we also eat a lot of cereal (but ironically not for breakfast). They eat it for an after school snack, for a quick snack before a dance class or a treat at night. We all have our favorites...Frosted Flakes is hubby's. So this week's TTT is to recycle these cereal boxes. I think these are probably out there in some tutorial, but thought I would share anyway.
This is what the magazine holder/organizer looks like before you decorate it, but wouldn't this be cute in a child's room for all their books in an organizer with their favorite cereal on it.
Here are the directions to get that shape from a box.
Holding the box with the front facing you, place a ruler on the lower right corner and place a mark 5 inches from the bottom.
Draw a line across the short side. My mark is the lower one, not the one towards the top...that was already printed there.
Here's the line 5 inches up.
Now take your ruler and draw a line from the top left corner down to the mark you just made.
Here's the line.
Now turn the box over and draw another line from the upper right corner down to the other mark that is 5 inches up from the bottom. Cut along these lines to reveal the shape of the magazine organizer as seen in picture #2. Now you are ready to decorate it.
I used some scrapbook paper that I already had, but you could use fabric, gift wrap paper, paint it to match your room, even pages from an old book or sheet music. If I can't find the right shade of robin's egg blue for my sewing room boxes, I might use the old pages from a book. You can decoupage or use spray adhesive.
Just add a name plate, a printed label or a cute little hang tag to remind you what magazines or patterns are in the box.
These are great for separating your different quilt magazines, patterns and templates. They're also great to keep all those pages that you have cut out of magazines. Just slip the page into one of those plastic protector sheets and then keep them in their own organizer. You can have one for inspirations for your quilting, favorite kitchens, Christmas, decorating etc...
These boxes are cute, help you stay organized and are FREE. That last part is my favorite!! Take a look around your house or in the kitchen and see what item you use all the time and could save for a project.
I am going to be honest with you about this box...I ran out of paper. The other side isn't even covered. Now if I had more I would have folded over the paper and lined the inside of the box that the magazine doesn't cover. Oh well, it's almost midnight and that one side I did cover is cute.
There's been a plant in the background of some of the pictures. Isn't that pot too cute? It's a giant tea cup. That's a coffee mug to show how big the planter is.
Before I go, I want to let all the I Spy Swappers know that we are almost there. I have 2 more packages on their way this week. Once they come in, I will start separating them and send them out. I have received a lot of packages the past 2 weeks, but haven't had the chance to snap a picture. I should have a chance to get to it this week.
I am also going to do a post about some extra special people out there in blog land. The kindness in this world never ceases to amaze me.
Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone,