Upcycled Organizers

 With a new year we get a fresh start to get our lives more organized. And if your organizers are free (and cute) it’s even better! This project uses castaways from your recycle bin and things you already have in your home.

Ideas for Supplies: Empty oatmeal, coffee or nut containers. An old sweater, scrapbook paper, contact paper or wallpaper. Doubled sided tape or strong multipurpose glue. Random embellishments including buttons and stickers. Number stickers and punches to make tags. Ribbon or twine. A ruler, and paper trimmer or scissors.

1. Rummage threw your recycling bin for some usable containers and clean them up. Gather your supplies, including a ripped, torn or too-small sweater

2. To wrap a tin in sweater material, measure the length you need to cover it and cut the cuff etc off one arm of the sweater using glue to secure. Embellish.

 3. To cover a container in scrapbook paper, measure the length of the space you need to cover and trim your paper to that size. Attach using double-sided tape or glue. Add thinner strips of coordinating paper or other embellishments.

4. To cover a small coffee tin, use contact paper or fabRips. Trim to size and gently stick on container, going slowly to prevent air bubbles

 5. Use paper punches to create tags and affix number stickers. Punch hole in tags and use twine to secure on container

 6. Fill your cute containers with stuff you need to keep handy

7. Congratulate yourself on a completing a fast, fun and free(!) project

Happy Organizing! Linking up here.



  1. says

    Oh, your storage containers are adorable!! I, too, like to restyle vessels that would otherwise be trashed – you can find some great FREE craft structures that way. Thanks for sharing and for your lovely blog! Happy 2011!

  2. says

    I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time… I even have a collection of empty containers just waiting for me! Thanks for the inspiration (a sweater?! Awesome!)

  3. says

    I drink so many International Coffees each week and felt guilty about throwing the empty containers out. But not anymore – thanks for sharing your creative ideas!

  4. http://sharon-infatuatedwithhomesandgardens.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-difference-3-years-makes.html says

    how cute I popped over from Metamorphis Monday ,and will definitley take a better look around it seems their is a lot to see.

  5. says

    These are SO. CUTE!! I am in serious need of some new organizing containers for my sewing room too. So, thanks for the awesome idea!
    Thanks so much for linking up last week! I hope you’ll stop by again today! :) I’ll be posting features soon…

  6. says

    That’s a cute idea. I’ve had the big Nestle Quik plastic container sitting around, because I know it would be good for something.
    Happy SITS Day!

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