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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recycled Magnetic Organizers

One of the things that drives me nuts is having piles of paper scattered around the kitchen counter and tables. We have a small apartment, so I try my hardest to keep things put away and uncluttered. (No comments from those of you who have seen my house at it's not-so-great moments!) I would love the ability to set up a whole functional (and pretty) station or desk to keep myself organized. I just don't have the space for that, so I came up with this instead.

Want to know what I used?

That's right! A Pringles container and a couple of empty boxes!!! I had everything on hand, so this project was completely free. Free is awesome!

This project is pretty self-explanatory. Pick a couple of boxes. I used some fruit snack boxes because they were big enough to fit full-sized piece of paper. I contemplated using a couple of smaller boxes, but just stuck with 2 fruit snack boxes and the Pringles can.

The Pringles can cuts down easily with just a serrated kitchen knife.

Pick some paper and mod podge it onto your boxes.

Attach some magnets. Initially I used hot glue, but the magnets kept falling off, so I pulled out my trusty E600 which worked like a charm. I used 2 magnets on the can and 4 on each of the boxes. I didn't want them sliding around on the fridge.

I also used my Silhouette to cut out some vinyl labels. You could easily print labels or use stickers. One box is for things that I need to file and the other is for things that need my attention or that I don't want to lose. I think they might have looked a little better if I had put the vinyl on a solid piece of paper then glued it onto the boxes, but this will work for now!

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  1. Oh My Goodness!! What a Fantastic Idea!! I LOVE IT!! LOVE IT, LOVE IT!! Totally Going to do this as well!! Like TODAY!!! I'm all about Crafting Green to Save Green!! Thanks for the ideas!!

    Many Blessings,

  2. Very creative. My refrigerator is not magnetic, but I am inspired to find a way to make this work.

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking...

    This week, "When Life Hands You Lemons..."

  3. I LOVE this! I have so much clutter and so many fruit snack boxes. it's the perfect marriage! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  4. Very cute idea! I love that it was free to make too! I really need to do something like this for all of my kids school papers that seem to get spread everywhere.

  5. Great idea and fantastic tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing
    Lowri :-)

  6. That is such a clever idea. Space is at a premium at my house too so I will use this.

  7. Cute! Great idea! I love free too!

  8. This is such a fab idea, they look great!

  9. What a great idea! I am definitely going to try these! Found you on TT&J!

  10. This is such a great idea! My fridge is a MESS and this would keep it so organized. Thanks for sharing. Please stop by anytime and show off what you've got

    Corie @ Design DNA

  11. I love this idea. I just pinned it on pinterest!

  12. really good idea! all my stuff gos in a pile on the kitchen table during the week then a sort out. at least your idea keeps its stylish and tidy ... and you are recycling!!! Lesley - The Bathtime Team

  13. What a great idea! I love that they are made from something you would normally throw away...LOVE IT! Thanks for linking up to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} linky party! We loved your post so much that we'll be featuring you tomorrow...don't forget to stop by and grab a featured button! =)


  14. I love that you used things you had around the house. They look great!

  15. I need to make me some of these! And what a thrift project. I love them!

    I just wanted to let you know this will be featured at the link party this weekend. Come by and grab a featured button, if you want. Thanks so much for sharing it! I hope you'll share some more of your great posts this weekend!

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  16. HOLY COW ladies!! Thank you so much for awesome response to these organizers. I had no idea that some scrapbook paper, mod podge, and some empty snack boxes would be such a big hit!!! If you end up making your own, I'd love to see them! Feel free to link in a comment or even email them to me. You could do so many fun and creative things with them!

  17. This is great! I keep saying I need to buy something to organize my bills/mail. Now I'll make something for free!

  18. Love this idea. I have been wanting to find something like these, but NOT $10 each! I am off to raid the pantry. Thanks for the share. Really like your blog.

  19. Very creative. My refrigerator is not magnetic, but I am inspired to find a way to make this work. By this way you can save spaces also.
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