Alter Art Cookie Tins, Art & Craft Ideas, Craft Room, D I Y, Makeovers, Recyling, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Reduce., Reuse, Storage, T U T O R I A L S

Tutorial – DIY desk organizer

Hello friends,

upcycle can stationery organizer 0

Two important aspects of any crafters life is inspiration and storage !!  And somehow both these two aspects seem to go hand in hand. Although I “think’ I breeze through, even in a cluttered chaos, I know, I would be much more productive  in a more organized set up, where all my tools and supplies are easily accessible.

I am a visual person – I need my tools to be seen, so as to be able to use them. A punch which is tucked away in one of my bins, generally does NOT get played with – AT ALL 😦

So these past weeks, i used up most of my “recyclable stock pile” and made a few desk organizers.

I hope you enjoy this pictorial and find some inspiration to use up those cans lying around in the kitchen.

upcycle can stationery organizer 1
Clean cans thoroughly and organize them in a rectangular or circular manner.
Upcycle Can Stationery Organizer 11
Although i have brush – painted two coats of acrylic colors on these cans, I would recommend spray paint cans

upcycle can stationery organizer 14

Decide in which order, you’d like to place the cans.

Upcycle Can Stationery Organizer 13
Gather the cans together and glue them together on the sides where they meet each other
Upcycle Can stationery Organizer 12
The 1 kg yoghurt bucket, comes with a white handle which fit in, snugly in the middle container, so that I could be lifted.
Upcycle Can Stationery Organizer 10
So as to enforce them together, I wrapped them with a large ribbon. You can use any fabric, ribbon or even jute or twine. I also adhered this lovely frill ribbon from Daiso, on the edge. 

 

Upcycle Can Stationery Organizer 5

upcycle can stationery organizer 8
I am using the lid of the cookie box as the base of the organizer.  I used STRONG STIK glue to stick the cans to the base. It is a remarkable glue, which I bought from Creative Minds. 
Upcycle Can stationery organizer 9
I was not quite satisfied with the ribbon, hence I added two thinner orange ribbons on the border to give it a more defined look.

Upcycle Can stationery organizer 4

upcycle can stationery organizer 6
This silver stand had not been used in decades, so it was more than happy with its new found job role !!  It provided a much needed height and was quite stable. We don’t want a stand that could topple all the contents. 

Upcycle can stationery organizer 2UPCYCLE CAN STATIONERY ORGANIZER 7upcycle can stationery organizer 3

 

And there you have it !

I love how all my promarkers, copics and paint markers are all now easily accessible. Its such a huge relief and joy.

I’m inspired to make a few more of these to house my scissors and paintbrushes etc.

Please drop in a line to tell me if and how, you liked this frugal creation.

Recycled objects :-

  • Food cans
  • lid from cookie tin.
  • Serving stand.

I am sharing this post with my lovely blog friends here.

Thank you for visiting me today.

Have a lovely day and please subscribe to my blog (top right column) and my instagram                                                Arrow-FPTFY-12

HTTPS://WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/ARTYCRAFTYNAUSH/

Alternatively you can ‘like’ or ‘join’ me on the various platforms below 🙂

                   Featured on Hometalk.com

DB Signature

Art & Craft Ideas, Arte Fair stall., Bulletin Board, Bulletin Boards, D I Y, Makeovers, Recyling, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Reuse, T U T O R I A L S, Trash to Treasure, Window display, WOODEN Projects

Upcycle A Broken Mirror

” Not only did I design the jewelry but I also designed the jewelry display stand !! “

Some of my favorite words are, create, creativity, craft, upcycle and repurpose !          What are yours ?

UPCYCLE THE MIRROR TO DISPLAY JEWELRY (1)

Like I explained in my previous post, I have been designing jewelry.   We held two trunk shows, and I found that we were short of display units for my leather jewelry collection.

Alittle scavenging into our shed, and my trusted wingman was back with a full size narrow mirror that we had dumped in there, a few years back !!  I bet your asking why I stored a broken mirror stand, right ?  My husband asks that ALL THE TIME !!!  I’ll give you the reply, I give him – We’ll find a use for it someday. (not that he ever believes me 🙂 )  But for once – THAT DAY, finally came !!

Obviously, the stand looked worn out but I decided, to keep the shabby chic distress look on the white border, but paint the cork board, within.

newestDSC_6774JPG

The diehard optimist in me, only noticed that the wood was sturdy and the size was perfect to hold as many as 40 pairs of earings !!

newDSC_6775JPG (1)

A couple of coats of paint should do the trick.

newDSC_6778JPG

I  mixed some white acrylic to a pastel shade of peach and pink to get this color.

newestDSC_6777JPGnewDSC_6782JPG (2)

A dozen or so nails on the side to hang the strings at and voila ! We have a display unit to hang our jewelry – from TRASH !!!

newDSC_6784JPG

Absolutely in love with this  piece !! Not only did I design the jewelry but I also designed the jewelry display stand !!!! 🙂

newDSC_6799newDSC_6902newestDSC_6901

I’m delighted to share this post at the following parties here.

Thank you for visiting me today. Have a lovely day and be sure to subscribe to my blog (top right column) and my instagram here.

HTTPS://WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/ARTYCRAFTYNAUSH/

Alternatively you can ‘like’ or ‘join’ me on the various platforms below 🙂

                   Featured on Hometalk.com

DB Signature

 

D I Y, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure, WOODEN Projects

7 ways with pallets & organizing my backyard !!

Hello dearies !! How have you been ??

Me, I’m running in full gear organizing my garden, courtyard and backyard !! And that’s quite a lot.

A couple of facts :-

  • We live in Dubai
  • A  part of Dubai is still desert while the other part is a beautiful concrete jungle which includes the worlds tallest tower – Burj Khalifa !!
  • Wood is precious ! If you’d like to work on a wood project, you’d have to buy wood in places like Ace Hardware at the Festival City.  We have many hardware stores but only a handful would be able to provide wooden planks ~ some are located in Al Quoz industrial area.  So for the DIY enthusiasts like me, a pile of dumped pallets is like honey for the bears !!

Back to my courtyard improvement :-  I’ll just explain alitte about my house surroundings. My house is fenced and surrounded by a large patch of land on all four sides.

The front two sides  of  the courtyard are being prepared for the garden. ( will share in another post, once the grass starts grinning )

The third side of my backyard will house my kitchen garden. (hopefully)

And 4th side where my kitchen door opens has  :-

  • My “Recycle park ” (work much in progress)
  • My wood workshop ( a small open space with tools )
  • Two large sheds
  1. One of the shed carries all my exhibition stands, dozens of workshop chairs, frames and many other things related to my exhibitions.
  2. The other shed is for all our domestic storage.

My wood workshop is nothing great but just an open space with a couple of wooden stands for wood chopping, designing and sanding. A few tables to carry all my tool kits and a wire rack to hold some of my hardware stuff. Samie has provided excellent flood light just recently which makes working in the evening so much easier now. Below here is my little wood workshop.

Fotor1117111751

Much before all the grass, plants and flower beds get worked on, I wanted to organize all the stuff lying around in the backyard making it look terribly messy.

The dumped pallets, (which I mentioned in my previous post) served several purposes here.   We are expecting rains this season, so I did not bother painting them. Here are just a few ways in which the pallets helped in making the backyard presentable .

Image

I have wanted a picket fence for like forever !!! And now, I get to make one for my garden !! Once you get rid of the 3 edges, and cut the planks in a v shape, it gets this look. I will be digging the base, deeper into the soil so that it gets support. With every pallet, I can make 2 of these !! We never wanted the plastic ones that you get at Ace Hardware or Daiso, coz they really are too small and cannot withstand the desert heat or the sandstorms.  This turned out to be the perfect solution.

Image

The center log that gives support to the pallet is much thicker. I cut out these house like structures from them. I have nearly 5-6 of them. Although I love their natural color ~ I might alter them with some decoupage or paint, if I get tired of this look.

Image

The cycles are generally not used in the summer months so they get dumped in a corner, but this is the season, the boys get them out often for a ride. I found this idea on pinterest and I can tell you, its so much more easier to have them on these “Pallet stands” !!  You don’t even have to nail them coz they are so sturdy.

Image

What could be more fun than a ball pit in a sand pit !!!! The cats love it ~ the boys love it !! And believe me, it was super easy !!!

Image

I have plans of placing larger planks on the base of these two pallets inorder to give them some height, plus a mattress and we can make patio sofas out of them !! How cool is that ~ but right now, I am unsure if I would like to carry out this plan, since we already have large benches in the patio. So with this project, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Image

I have already made several garden signs and sign boards with these in various shapes. Ofcourse these single plaques are shaped in arrows but I have some which have been nailed together in formation of twos and threes ~ which are waiting to be painted.  But that’s for another post 🙂

Image

I really like, that the brooms, mops, shovel and other cleaning sticks have now a proper place with support to keep them together. This really makes organization so convenient.

Image

So that’s it. These pallets have benefitted us a lot. But there are many incomplete pallet projects still waiting for my attention. Hopefully, I will share those in another week or so.

I am linking this project with the following parties ~ It would be great if you could also join these fun parties.

I hope you found some of these ideas inspiring. Please share with me if you have made any use of pallets. I’m always looking for inspiration 🙂

Thank you for visiting me today. It would be great if you could join me on Bloglovin or subscribe to my blog to keep intouch with all my latest posts.
Follow on Bloglovin
329847D06DC776810690945E262E8BDA