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.