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DIY Over the Counter Dish Rack - over the sink rack

DIY Over the Counter Dish RackI was looking online to purchase an over the sink dish rack and to my surprise they could get kind of expensive. The one I had my eyes was nearly $173 so I decided to construct one myself.

 

A desk shelf made from recycled cans.

Major Shelf Over Desk Using CansRecently, I rearragned my bedroom/office/craft room. The scanner was a bone of contention as it was right next to the keyboard. I needed a shelf to keep things from being cluttered on the desk top.

 

different sized bag footballs

Storing Plastic Bags Using Football FoldDid you ever make paper napkin footballs when you were a kid? Well that childhood activity has a fabulous adulthood use too. Folding your plastic grocery bags using the football fold will reduce the space you need to store them.

 

DIY Lazy Susan Organizer - finished and stocked lazy Susan

DIY Lazy Susan OrganizerYou know when your intentions are pure and your start out with the best of them? I put a pretty basket on a lazy susan and put napkins, spices, and salt and pepper. Then, a cup for pens. Then paper. Then cards...

 

Hanger, Clips, and Rings for Craft Storage - wreath rings and embroidery hoops hanging from a hanger

Hanger, Clips, and Rings for Craft StorageHangers and clips and rings, OH MY! No, I have not channeled my inner Dorothy. But when a 16 by 16 room is your bedroom, office, and craft room, it's very important to utilize every inch.

 

DIY Cup Cup Sleeve Tea Organizer - reorganized drawer

DIY Hot Cup Sleeve Tea OrganizerDon't use hot cup sleeves? Or do you save hot cup sleeves? You can use them for a tea organizer! Or, apply the same concept using sturdy paper or thin cardboard, cut long strips and fold into a square to make this tea organizer.

 

Hanging Necklaces Using Re-purposed Item - wall covered in hanging necklaces and other crafts

Hanging Necklaces Using Re-purposed ItemsI have to hope things will be normal someday. So to that extent, I am making a place for my jewelry making and reselling.

 

DIY Bead and Small Item Storage - second drawer of small containers

DIY Bead and Small Item StorageThis might not pertain to you, but if even one of you out there needs help fitting all your "bits and pieces" into containers, I have done my job! This will let you stay home in style. Result of cabin fever!

 

Budget Organizer - finished organizer

Budget OrganizerMoving out is not that simple. It means freedom for me and at the same time being independent. So I set up a file case where I can put my receipts and monthly bill payments. Never forget the savings where it should always be first priority in the household.

 

Recipe Book for ThriftyFun Recipes - three ring binder displaying two recipe pages

Recipe Book for ThriftyFun RecipesAbout 25 years ago, my aunt made me a photocopy of the photo album of family pictures that were taken in the early 1900s. Photographs back then were black and white; therefore, color was not needed. I made an album by inserting the pictures into heavyweight sheet protectors that are made to put into a notebook. I used the same approach for this recipe book.

 

Customizing a Wicker Nightstand - new tabletop with bedside light on

Customizing a Wicker NightstandI have a wonderful 5 drawer night stand. It's perfect except for the top has way too little area for a lamp, cell charger, etc. So I customized the top.

 

Tin Can Craft Supply Organizer - finished organizer with lids to tilt it back a bit

Tin Can Craft Supply OrganizerI have been washing and saving veggie and fruit cans for about a week. The time came last night to finally do something with them. This was what came of it.

 

Securing the End of Packaging Tape - Popsicle stick marking the end of a roll of packing tape.

Securing the End of Packaging TapeIt's so frustrating to lose the end of packaging tape and have to spend a lot of time picking at the roll until you find it.

 

DIY Shirt Folding Board - folded t-shirt

DIY Shirt Folding BoardMy mum was recently poking at me because as I was folding laundry, all the shirts had slightly different widths and fold variations. What can I say? I did not inherit her folding perfectionist gene (jokes aside, she is an origami professional).

 

Scrapbook Paper Key Cover - finished key

Scrapbook Paper Key CoverI have a lot of keys and get confused on what key is what. One way you can change your keys up is by using a little bit of Mod Podge and some left over scrapbook paper!

 

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An organized kitchen utility crock.

Organized Kitchen Utility CrockUtility crocks are great, but sometimes when you want to pull something out of them, everything goes with it because they get tangled up. I just have a few things I constantly use and I want to be able to grab them quickly without pulling everything out of the crock at once, like my little different colored knives and shears that get used all the time.

 

Bridge Table with Cedar Boards - ready to work

Bridge Table with Cedar BoardsI recently had a small fold-up table between the two longer ones I have in my workroom. I kept hitting my knee on the leg, it would shake, coffee would slop, etc. Plus, I lost work space. I fixed this today.

 

Plastic Food Containers to the Rescue! - before

Plastic Food Containers to the Rescue!My cupboards were a hot mess. It's never that I have too much food, but never enough space. I have shelves that fall down (I have one held up with food containers), or they are too high up.

 

Handmade Labels for Storage Containers and Drawers  - labeled three drawer storage unit

Handmade Labels for Storage Containers and DrawersI love to organize and I love to label everything! Usually, I print all of my labels, but sometimes I like to hand make them. They stand out more this way, I save on ribbon, and I get to be more creative. Making your own is very simple and fun.

 

Craft Project Tickler Box - completed box

Craft Project Tickler BoxI used to have my craft projects in a binder. It was nice, but not easy to see and get inspired by. Today I made a sort of a tickler box that I can see when I want to, is custom made, and only cost me about 1.00.

 

Labeling Nail Clippers and Tweezers

Labeling Nail Clippers and TweezersI am so sick of my nail clippers and tweezers going missing! I feel like I am constantly buying new ones and even when everyone has their own pair they seem to take each others too. So my trusty labeler and I went to work, labeling all of them with each person's name. Now it will be obvious whose it is.

 

photo and date string on wall

Photo or Date String for Your WallThis can be a great centerpiece for your wall. Not only is it colorful, but it also showcases who you are through pictures of what and who you love! It doesn't take long to make and the results are absolutely stunning! Another great idea for using this same idea is to create a date string, included in this post.

 

kayak hanging

DIY Kayak HangerI needed a solution to store my kayaks off the ground and came up with this. This project uses ratchet tie downs, which I had an abundance of, to hang kayaks off the ground.

 

DIY Plastic Bag Dispenser

DIY Plastic Bag DispenserI love reusing my plastic bags, but I got tired of folding them up into neat little triangles to keep from having a messy plastic bag storage area. Upcycle your old wipes container into a plastic bag dispenser. The bags will pop out beautifully the way the wipes did, just like a fresh box of tissues.

 

peek through door into closet nook conversion

Converting a Closet into a Private NookI promised myself I would write more this year and so far, only one thing has made it to paper. I have a small apartment cluttered with craft supplies and distractions. So, I created this space. I call it my reading, writing, thinking, and hiding room.

 

Wire Hanging Shelf

Wire Hanging ShelfDo you have glasses, chargers, and other items you use frequently, but have no place to put them? If you do then this idea might help you.

 

mugs hanging under cabinets

Under Cabinet Mug DisplayI have a nice assortment of souvenir mugs that I have collected over the years, but all the different sizes and shapes did not fit well in my cabinets. One day it occurred to me to hang the mugs underneath my kitchen cabinets.

 

Middle School Locker Kit

Middle School Locker KitThis locker kit was assembled with a girl in mind, however it could easily be customized for a boy. Send your child off to school this fall with all of the essentials that they might need.

 

TV Dinner Trays As Drawer Organizers

TV Dinner Trays As Drawer OrganizersI always thought that the trays your TV dinner comes in could be useful for something. Then it came to me, drawer organizers! We all have messy drawers, in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc.

 

A row of hats displayed over a window.

Homemade Hat RackThis is an inexpensive way to display or store hats. The cost: hanger $1.29, cap 30¢, bolt/nut 30¢, jug of white vinegar $1.99, but you use the vinegar so the jug is free.

 

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Utensil Holder mounted on wall

Canning Jar Utensil HolderThis wall mounted utensil holder is great to use in small kitchens or if you need to free up some drawer space.

 

A completed magazine holder from a recycled box.

Magazine Holder from Bottled Beer BoxBottled beer comes in very sturdy boxes. I used this one as a magazine holder.

 

Homemade Car Locator

Homemade Car LocatorTired of losing your car in that crowded parking lot? I know I was, so I came up with the homemade, plastic canvas, car locator sign. This attaches to your car antenna and proudly stands out in any crowded lot.

 

hair clip organizer

Hair Clip OrganizerTake apart a wire hanger. Bend it with pliers into the shape of a head making loops on the side for eyes. Tie the wire together with a few pieces of yarn. Now unravel some yarn. You can wrap yarn around two chairs or someones hands.

 

Recycled Jewelry Hanger

Snazzy Jewelry DisplayI needed a way to hang my jewelry up instead of having it all getting in a jumbled mess. I came up with the concoction with just a few simple things I had laying around the house.

 

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