Monday, April 30, 2012

Homemade Organizer

     When I find a unique cup or bowl for a good price, I pick it up. I usually just wash them and place them in a cabinet until I have a use for them. I finally figured out what to do with them! Take a look:

     One day, I got all my containers out of the cabinet and noticed that they matched. So I got to thinking about how I could use them. How about to organize my craft supplies?! And if I put them on a platter with a lazy susan, they'll all be convenient and easy to use. Voila! My plan was born.
     So I found this platter and had my hubby attach a lazy susan contraption to the bottom of it.
     I was so excited about it that I had to make a second one for a friend.

     I had already found this tea cup with green flowers above. That got me looking for other green containers. I also got some clear ones- I loved this ice cream sunday glass (on the left), the Mason jar with measurements on it, and this small clear pitcher (on the right).
     I bought a gold tray that I primed and spray painted white to be the base.

     Here's a picture from the back. I wanted to raise the small clear pitcher up, so I took this small plastic green bowl, turned it upside down, then placed the pitcher on top. Since the back three containers were clear, I added a little green trim to the mouth of the Mason jar.

     If you'd like to make on of your own, you need
7-8 different size containers (cups, jars, bowls, or small pitchers)
a tray
E-6000 glue
a lazy susan contraption (bought mine at Home Depot for $5)
a wooden base to put at the bottom of the lazy susan  (For my base, I picked up a cheap rectangle wooden plaque-can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)

Decide which piece you want to be the main one. It will go in the center. I chose this blue pitcher, but it wasn't very tall, so I raised it up by sitting it on this upside down dish.

Now you'll start placing the rest of the pieces. My next 2 were matching blue cups, so I placed them on opposite sides of the platter. I suggest laying everything out before gluing to get the spacing correct.

My next 2 pieces matched as well, so they were placed opposite one another.
(I loved these handmade bowls- they look like they were made by a child then glazed.)
Now just add the rest of the pieces.

This is a view from the back.
I love this white cup- it says Lake City, Iowa and I was born in Iowa. This piece has been sitting in my cabinet for a couple of years! So glad I found a place for it!

Ta-da! A unique organizer for office supplies or craft supplies! All these pieces were found at the thrift store. This is going on a table in my craft room- as soon as I clean, I'll post photos!
     Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
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we three dogs and me said...

You will get more comments if you took off the verification. I never can read them. Thanks for commenting. I love what I do. the thrift shop is near the 1000 island bridge about 5 miles from my house.I wouldn't have thought to use a lazy susan. I do use them in my cuboards and fridge.

dragondreamer said...

coming over from tip junkie and I LOVE This idea! I have a few bowls/dishes my kids made me and this would be a perfect way to display and use them!

Michele said...

Very clever way to use cute things accumulated over time. It turned out great.

Jackie said...

Now I want to make one for my desk at work ! Great idea !! I found you at Show & Tell Saturday and am happy you shared. I LOVE this !!!!