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Thursday, September 8, 2011

{back 2 basics} the crafting chicks

Seriously, how lucky are we to have The Crafting Chicks here today! I have loved their blog for such a long time, and it's so fun for me to have them here. 

Hi, I'm Brooke and I am one of The Crafting Chicks! I LOVE Brown Paper Packages and am thrilled to be here sharing a project with you today--and to be a part of Kierste's Back to Basics month along with some of my favorite super creative bloggers. I can't wait to see what everyone shares the rest of this month! Over at The Crafting Chicks we share a wide variety of projects, including trash-to-treasure makeovers, recipes, home decor, gift ideas, tips and tutorials, free printables, kids crafts and all sorts of things to inspire you have a creative life. All 5 of us Chicks are moms and like to use creativity as a form of therapy in the midst of our hectic lives raising children! ;) We'd love to have you join us!

Today I am sharing with you a sweet little way to get organized for the new school year--a beadboard caddy for school supplies! I am using this on the little desk in our kitchen, but you could use it in your kids' rooms or even make it as a useful (and adorable) gift for a favorite teacher. It was a quick and simple project, using mostly items I already had on hand, and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Supplies I used for my school supplies caddy:
  • pre-made beadboard box---you can use anything you want for this project, thrift store finds, inexpensive spice racks, etc. I found this unfinished beadboard box at a local Utah wood shop that sells all sorts of awesome unfinished wood projects: The Wood Connection (on Facebook--I'm not affiliated with them in any way but I like their stuff!)
  • Spray Paint---I used KILZ spray primer first, then I used Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze
  • Sanding block
  • containers to hold your supplies---I had some empty spaghetti jars I'd been saving to use for something like this! :)
  • decorative paper or wrapping paper---to make the jars cuter
  • supplies you want to organize (pens, pencils, crayons, glue, etc.)
  • Banner---string and patterned paper, scissors

First I sanded and cleaned the unfinished box and gave it several light coats of the KILZ primer. Once completely dry I sanded it again, then followed with several light coats of the Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint.

I lightly sanded inside the beadboard grooves to add character after the paint was dry, even thought it's tough to see in the photos.

Meanwhile, I took the clean, empty spaghetti jars and wrapped them with a strip of polka dot wrapping paper that I love.

There, much cuter. :)

The jars fit perfectly! I loaded up the jars and the caddy with a bunch of supplies we use a lot at our house---including pens, pencils, glue, crayons, tape, even a hole puncher. It's all corralled in one cute place now! No more searching in bottomless junk drawers!! :)

Now, this part is merely for decorative purposes only---the pennant banner! I adore banners of any kind and especially love making mini ones. :) I created this mini pennant banner to add a touch of whimsy and more color to the caddy. I used old book pages and some patterned scrapbook paper.

I cut a basic triangle from some old book pages and used it as a template. Then I folded the patterned paper into about a 1.5 inch fold and cut out some folded triangles.

I hung the folded paper triangles on some string and hung the whole thing onto the caddy.

So there you have it---my beadboard school supply caddy! I like that it is a very functional project but I also LOVE the pop of color and design it adds to the kitchen desk. Now maybe I'll be inspired to get the rest of that desk organized. ;)

Happy September! Thanks for letting me be a part of your amazing blog, Kierste! :)

I love everything about this project--from the beadboard, to the paint color, to the darling banner.  The Crafting Chicks do it again!



Blogger Marcia (123 blog) said...

That is SUCH a cute idea - I'm inspired :)

September 8, 2011 at 5:13 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

THANK YOU so much for inviting us to be a part of this, Kierste! I have loved your blog for a long time so it was great to "meet" you and be here. :) Have a great day!

September 8, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Whitney & McKayla said...

Super cute! Way better than the little tool box I set up for my daughter that holds all her at home supplies to do homework.

September 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Shirley said...

This is super cute, I especially love the colors used!

September 8, 2011 at 7:46 PM  

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