This week I have been working hard on my office and desk organization. The fun part (fun?) is that every project sparks an idea for a post, and that holds me accountable for getting it done faster. I set my own deadlines. And it’s working!
I am a crafter, but you probably know that by now! ;), and crafters use their imagination in all possible ways. That means that we
hoard save all kinds of things because…‘ they may be useful one day’. Yep, that’s me. I save anything with the hidden potential to ‘turn into things’ or anything that can ‘hold things’. I am obsessed. I might need an intervention.
With that said, please don’t wonder why I saved those toothpicks containers, because I turned them into these super cool paper clips and push-pin holders. And, I may buy another set of toothpicks just to up-cycle another box to hold staples.
Make Your Own Paper Clips Dispenser
First and foremost, this idea came to mind when we finished the toothpicks box and I didn’t want to throw the container away (I know. I am weird). But, don’t wait until you use up all the toothpicks, just empty out the box and put the picks in a small ziplock bag ;).
Here is what you will need*:
- Empty toothpicks container (find toothpicks in a similar container here)
- Chalkboard tape – 2″ wide (I got mine at the craft store, find a similar one here)
- Chalk marker
- Magnetic tape (not pictured)
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (not pictured)
- Scissors (not pictured)
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Let’s Make Them
First, peel label or sticker off. Since the chalkboard tape is 2″ wide, I didn’t bother in getting off the rest of the sticker. Sometimes (like this time), they can be a total pain to get off.
Measure the tape around the container’s ‘belly’ and cut with scissors. Lay the piece of tape flat on a table, peel the adhesive off, roll the container over the tape, wrap, and you’re done.
With the chalk marker, write directly on the tape. I was writing ‘Push Pins’ on this one. I wanted ‘perfection’ in this step, so when the letter ‘P’ didn’t come out as I wanted, I was able to wipe it off my tape with a baby wipe and start over. I am not sure if it would be the same for other chalkboard tape brands.
Next, cut a piece of magnetic tape the size of the inside perimeter of the container.
Put a small line of hot glue (the same thickness as it pours out of the gun) in the 4 inner sides of the container and immediately set the tape. I put mine 1″ from the top.
Ta-da! No spilling.
I don’t think I have bought paper clips in years. I use the same ones over and over. I guess they never leave my office. But, it is always good to have them handy, just not scattered on the desk.
Well, you can scatter them (and the push-pins) if you want to shoot a pretty picture 🙂
I keep them inside a drawer, inside another container… Just kidding. I keep them inside little open baskets. I mentioned in my last post, how I love those mini-baskets from the dollar store to help me keep my drawers neatly organized.[AdSense-C]
My ‘right hand’ drawer holds: cables (usb, ethernet, chargers), a few envelopes, checkbook, stamps, rubber stamps, clips, push pins, staples, post-it notes, and those itsy-bitsy cute clothespins markers (bottom right) that I found at Michael’s in one of my many trips.
So, what do you think? Easy peasy right? I know you want to pin it now and save it for later! Show me some love and pin the image below!
There, thank you!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
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