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CraftSanity on TV: Crafty DIY Organizing Tips Using Recycled Containers Part 1

One of the big mistakes I’ve made while trying to get my house in order is loading up on many unnecessary and/or unsuitable organizing supplies. I’m done with colored bins I can’t see into and I’m holding off on buying more of the clear kind until I weed out more of the stash. After many attempts at trying to organize chaos, I’m finally willing to accept the fact that less is soooo much more. And because I’m trying to be very cautious about what I bring into the house at this point, I’ve been using what I have to fashion DIY organizers on the cheap.

Working along these lines, I’m back with instructions to make the super easy oraganizing projects I showed on “Take Five” this morning on WZZM channel 13 here in West Michigan.

I’ll start with my favorite: the cashew can turned yarn covered caddy.

To start, peel the label off the container and spread a generous amount of Elmer’s School Glue round the bottom of the container. (I usually apply enough glue to wrap one inch of the container at a time.) Place the end of your yarn in the glue along the bottom edge of the container and slowly turn the container to wrap. Hold the starting end of the yarn in place with your finger for a few rows to make sure it stays in place. Keep gentle tension on the yarn as you wrap. When you reach the top of the container, cut the yarn and apply a little extra glue to secure the top end.

Now trace the bottom edge of the can onto a piece of craft felt. Cut out the circle and place it inside  the bottom of the can and load it up with crochet hooks, double pointed knitting needles, pens, pencils or other supplies. If you want to keep everything organized, dedicate one container to each craft you do.

Here are some examples of other coffee and bean cans that I’ve covered with crocheted cozies:

I whip stitched three granny squares together to make a decorative sleeve for the coffee can above.

If monotone is more your speed, you can stick with a single color and crochet a half double crochet cozy for a standard sized can of beans. (If there’s interest, I can post a basic pattern to make these over the weekend.)

I have to go pick up my daughter from school, so I will post the other two projects from today’s segment when I get back.

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Comment from Jane
Time: January 6, 2012, 1:59 pm

My brother made a lamp for my mother using this technique when he was in Vacation Bible School one summer. They placed a thinner coffee can on top of the shorter nut can and they used hay baling twine instead of yarn. The whole thing was finished off with a coat of shellac and topped with a western themed lamp shade. My brother is 64 now and our mother still uses that lamp!

Comment from jennifer
Time: January 6, 2012, 2:32 pm

Oh, I love it! What a great memory, Jane. Thanks for sharing!

Comment from DianeP
Time: January 7, 2012, 9:25 am

How pretty! Those can covers are great – perfect way to use up leftover yarn bits and still have a stylish and pretty container.

Lots prettier than the old coffee cups I’ve been using.

Comment from Susan
Time: January 7, 2012, 12:04 pm

Would love to see a basic pattern for your great can cozies!

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Comment from Sarah
Time: January 7, 2012, 12:32 pm

Jennifer – I love your ideas and would like a tutorial!

Comment from Allison Edrington
Time: January 7, 2012, 1:32 pm

Something I’ve done is taken the small pill bottles from my allergy medicine, then wrapped and glued scrapbooking paper around them. I labeled them all, too, so I wouldn’t have to open them all to find out what’s inside. I think I might take your suggestion for my pen and scissors jars …

Comment from Christene
Time: January 8, 2012, 10:34 am

Thank you for sharing! I’ve got a bunch of these types of containers saved for organizing my craft space– now they’ll look pretty!

Comment from Brandi
Time: January 8, 2012, 10:44 am

This would work for knitting needles too.

Comment from Maria
Time: January 11, 2012, 11:54 am

Love your granny square cozy! What a cute way to use them!

Comment from Abra
Time: January 12, 2012, 12:09 am

My mom made a lamp for me like this when I moved out to college. She bought an old lamp from Goodwill and covered it with yarn in different shades of brown and cream so it was striped. Each stripe was a different width. I remember being really impressed.

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