Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cereal Box Organizer

This is my take on something I saw on Pinterest. I wish I could visit the site so I can give credit to the person who posted this originally, but it comes from an invite-only blog. Thank you

Inspiration from

I wanted something to sit on my desk that was a little bigger so I used two cereal boxes; a 14oz. Cheerios and a 12oz. Honey Oats...

I started by flattening them out to make it easier to cut using a cutter as opposed to scissors. I wanted a nice straight edge.

I cut off the lid and about a 1/4 inch more on the larger cereal box.

 Cut the smaller box into two smaller boxes by cutting a 4inch section. This will give you about 7 inches for the second box. 
In this picture you can see that I cut off the lid, but don't do that. I wasn't sure where I was going when I did that.

Re-glue the bottom of your two larger boxes and the top of your smaller box. The top of the smallest box will be the bottom from now on. 

Tape the bottoms for reinforcement using a strong tape. I used painter's tape because it holds up really well, and if you need to lift it up, it doesn't ruin what you're working on.

Use hot glue between the boxes and again reinforce using tape. I taped the bottom...

And the top of the smallest box. Now you're done with the box.
 Decorating is a personal preference. I used 12x12 scrapbook paper, scraps that were left over from another project and some ribbon for the dollar bin at Joann's. However, I think If I do this again, I might use wrapping paper, or craft paper, because I ran out of the 12x12 really quick.

I did cut a 1/4 in. off the tallest box in the front with a little angle. It was an after thought, and I added the ribbon to hide the imperfections in my new design.

I'm not sure if you can tell, but I ran out of the zebra print, so I just started patchng up the holes with other scraps here and there.

Have fun with this project.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Turn old t-shirts into shopping bags in four steps!

I was on a website called Instructables and found a tutorial for upcycled t-shirts that I had to share. Take your old t-shirts that you can't get rid of for sentimental reasons and turn it into a shopping bag. Of course I tried it and it was another easy project.

The tutorial is self explanatory. But I did make a few changes to suit my needs. First, my t-shirt already had cap sleeves, so i didn't follow the instruction to cut off the sleeves. I cut the neck hole wider and less deep than the pic in the tutorial so that my picture didn't get cut off. And I added bias tape to make the mouth a little sturdier.

I couldn't throw away this t-shirt because it was given to me by a student.

To make it a little stronger, I added bias tape to the mouth of my new bag.

Extra wide double fold worked with the overall look of my tshirt.

All done and ready for shopping!