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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Paper Organizer

Vintage, Paint and more... paper organizer made from cereal boxes and scrapbook paper


I was in definite need of a paper organizer for my desk.  I am constantly putting papers that need to be attended to in small little piles all over my desk - thus they get in the way.  When I went in search of one they were so expensive I decided I could live life without a paper organizer or find a way to make one myself.  Then one morning Miss A left an empty cereal box on the kitchen counter for me and the wheels in my head started turning.  


Vintage, Paint and more... cereal box paper organizer


I saved several cereal boxes thinking I could just make my own and save a lot of money.

Vintage, Paint and more... cereal boxes repurposed into paper organizer

I cut each one on a diagonal slightly smaller than the previous one.  You can see how I did it above.  I did mine so they were standing vertically but if you need wider slots you could turn them horizontally to accommodate your papers.  I taped them together with some masking tape to make sure they were secure.

Vintage, Paint and more.. paper organizer made from cereal boxes and scrapbook paper

I then covered them with some scrapbook paper I had on hand that coordinated with the other things on my desk.

Vintage, Paint and more... cereal box paper organizer

I glued a little buttonhole trim around the edge of the boxes and added label holders to label each compartment.

Vintage, Paint and more... paper organizer made with cereal boxes and scrapbook papers

Here it is.  I love it.  It goes with my decor in my craft space and almost matches the ribbon on the bulletin board.  I love that I can now place all those little piles of papers in an organized place and up off my desk.

Vintage, Paint and more... vintage paper organizer made from cereal box and scrapbook paper

Another view of it's place on my desk amongst all the vintage pieces there.  I think it's so cute and it cost me nothing at all because everything I used I had on hand.  Those are the projects I love most.    

What have you done made lately to that solves a big problem you had?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below.  I answer all comments with email.


Until next time have fun creating something you love.
Hugs,


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31 comments:

  1. Very cute! I did a stacking tray one like that a couple of years ago, but the weight of the papers was always too much and it just never looked right. This one looks like it would hold up MUCH better!

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  2. This is super cute! I always say I'm going to do something like this and I never seem to get around to it, or I'm just not creative enough. But I like the idea a lot!

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  3. Cute! I like vertical paper organization, too...esp for magazines and papers.

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  4. Nice tray! I need to make my daughter one of these for her drawings because she's a bit of an artist.

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  5. Oh wow that looks so cute. I love the ya you customized it. Goes so well with your decor. I can't wait to give this DIY a shot soon . Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Brilliant! One of the projects that has me slapping my forehead thinking why didn't I think of that!

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  7. Oh yes!!!! My weekend do for sure thank you for great share xo!!!

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  8. I love how made these paper organizers look so pretty!
    Julie

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  9. looks great. I love DIY projects. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

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  10. Super cute Cathy! Very creative idea. Love the paper you used and the trim!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. I Love this idea for my new room! I would love for you to share a post on my Meet Up Monday Blog Party!

    http://jennymaire.blogspot.com/

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  12. What a great idea for organizing. And pretty to boot. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  13. So clever. I couldn't tell it was cereal boxes until the demo.

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  14. Such a great idea. I love the fabric selection and embellishments. Looks very professional. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  15. You got my mind going. I've seen magazine holders made from laundry detergent boxes. Could mix and match, if you can find detergent boxes!

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  16. A video on how to cover the box with the paper would be so helpful for us klutzy ones.
    Thx for considering.

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  17. Hi Cathy, just popping back in to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. Wow! What a wonderful idea. These turned out great.

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  19. GET OUT! I would never have guessed this was cereal boxes! Amazing & great job!

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  20. Awesomely clever, Cathy! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  21. You're kidding me! That is such a great idea!

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  22. such an awesome idea! Who doesn't need organizers around and this would be fun project and usable in any room of the house! thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  23. I LOVE this organizer....especially because it utilized those cereal boxes I would either throw away or recycle! :)

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  24. This turned out great! I also love the painted cans you use for pencils and scissors.

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  25. Well if that isn't the cutest, most clever idea I've seen in a long time. Terrific job, Cathy. Thanks so much for linking up to the Craft Challenge Link Party :)

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  26. Hi Cathy! I'm going to be featuring your paper organizer on my blog tomorrow :)

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  27. This is so cute, Cathy!! We don't eat cereals but I'll be asking some friend for the boxes to do something like that, I just love it.
    Hugs,
    Pili

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  28. I copied your idea, it's awesome, beautiful and really practical.

    Thank you very much!

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  29. Stacy koontz-WestwoodJune 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    This is exactly the tutorial I've been looking for, for my son and I to make for dad for fathers day!! We are going to make him a paper and remote caddy for everything on his table in the mancave! Thank u so much! This made my job so much easier!! Truly Amazing! Maybe I can get back to this comment thread when we are done and post pics of the finished product! Thanx again!

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