Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Made It

Ahhhhh....finally Monday! {This makes me giggle - who would have thought I would ever look forward to a Monday!} It's that time - Monday Made It! I am suuuuuuper excited to share my craft(s) from this week! As you know - I'm working on organizing & decorating my craft/teacher/office room. Thanks to pinterest, I've been very inspired!

Operation Ribbon Organization! 

I love ribbon - it just makes me really happy! I used to just throw it in a box. It inevitably got all tangled up and I didn't know where one ribbon started and the other ended. Well I've seen all of those cute little jars that the scrapbooking stores sell to organize your tidbits, but there was no way I was going to spend all that $$$ on jars! While browsing Walmart, I came across their canning (jar) section. I knew these would be perfect for my ribbon! I just didn't like the metal tops! I knew what I had to do - SPRAY PAINT! I used a flat black and I love the way it turned out! I was inspired to make the tags from this pinterest pin. I made the little tags, using dark grey background with white letters {I wanted the chalkboard effect}. Then I put this on scrapbook paper. I tied the tag  onto a thin elastic band that fit at the bottom lip of the jar opening. {It hides just perfectly!} Love, love, love the way it turned out! {Total project cost: jars (qty 12) 7$, spray pain 4$, paper <1$ and I already had the ribbon/elastic - TOTAL <12$ & I still have spray paint left over}

I couldn't stop there! I have one of those awesome IKEA square bookshelves in my craft room. I love when these shelves look all nice and tidy {I don't want to see the books!} I had the inexpensive cardboard magazine holders that I picked up from IKEA. They were black with white/red designs on them. I got them when they were clearancing out this design {maybe 2 years ago} really, really cheap {I think they were 8 boxes for 1$ - you can't beat that!}

The black/red/white design wouldn't fit my color scheme. Even though I knew the sides weren't going to show, I covered the designs with black spray paint to make them look more uniformed {I didn't spray the whole box, just where the designs were} I decided to cover the fronts using scrapbook paper {I got an awesome scrapbook pad (on sale) that only had black/white paper}. I trimmed the edges so that there would be a slight black border {and the edges wouldn't get rubbed causing the paper to lift!} I sprayed adhesive on the front cover of the box and quickly laid down the paper {Eyeball it carefully because it's hard to readjust it once it's down} The adhesive worked wonderfully, but I would suggest using a thicker scrapbook paper!

The finishing touch! I saw these magazines holders, and I knew I had to add these hardware pieces. They were super cheap! I bought a package of 25 for under 3$ and I had to get short screws & nuts to match. I just drilled two holes directly into the cardboard and attached the bracket. Again, I'm ecstatic how these turned out! {Total cost scrapbook pad 10$ (still have tons left), boxes 2$, spray paint (left over) 0$, hardware 5$: TOTAL >17$ for 10 boxes and I still have left over supplies!}

I cannot wait to finish up my craft room so I can show it off! I am loving how it is turning out! Now it's your turn, show me what you made. Head on over to Fourth Grade Frolics and link up! 

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  1. Oh my word!!!! Your craft room is going to be AMAZING!!! Can't wait to see the finished product!! I don't think I would ever leave it!!! So sharp girl!!! Thanks for linking up:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. What a great idea to use canning jars to hold your ribbons! I never would have thought of that. I can't wait to see pictures of the finished craft room :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  3. I love the way you can make cheap look good :) (That sounded worse than I meant it to be...)

    Fun in Room 4B

  4. Thank you guys! I'm not going to lie - I LOVE it too! I cannot wait to show off the final room too...almost there!!! Maybe in the next few Made It Mondays!!

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  5. I LOVE what you've made! What a fantastic idea to add the hardware to the boxes. I would love to see your entire room as well. Thanks for sharing.

    My Different Worlds

  6. It looks so cute!! :) I need some magazine holders, too!

  7. I love the way you spruced up your book boxes. Very cute!

    The Teaching Thief

  8. Your craft room is going to be so awesome when it is all done. I'm a bit jealous. :)

    Little Treasures

  9. Love that way of organizing ribbon! I have a ton of ribbon too.

    I want a craft room!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilities!

  10. The boxes are fabulous. I think the hardware really adds a nice touch. I have a bunch of the Ikea plain white ones. It might be time to jazz them up.

  11. Man...I want a craft room! Jealous!

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

  12. Your craft area is going to be so pretty! I am staring into my craft closet as I write and am deciding that I need it to be pretty, too!


  13. Just found your website and I love your design! I think your ribbon jars look amazing, too :)
    Stories by Storie

  14. Wow, I love both projects!! I will have to make those ribbon jars!! All of my ribbon is jammed inot ziploc bags in my classroom:( Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Surfin' Through Second

  15. OK this is the second blog in a row where I've been inspired, but my "stuff" is locked up at school. I have a bunch of those magazine holders and they don't all match. Spray paint is the perfect solution!:) It all looks fantastic!

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  16. The ribbon storage is genius, what a great way to see what you have. The magazine boxes look great. I can't wait to see your whole room.


  17. I craft room. Sigh. I love those Ikea boxes. I have them all over my classroom. They're so handy! I'm a new follower and am so glad I found your blog through Monday Made It.

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  18. Your crafting room looks like it is going to be too stinkin' cute. Love your ideas! Found you over at the linky and I am now your newest follower. Looking forward to sharing ideas!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  19. Wow! I love your magazine holders. Those are beautiful!

    Fun is Found in Fourth

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