Being Crafty

My closet needs an overhaul!!

We just moved back home on the last day of Oct 2012 and we didn’t really build anything in the closet until mid November. Less than a week after Nick hung his shirts in the closet he was on the road to Indiana to be with his family when his step father had a massive stroke.  I bragged on the closet and loved the fact we could hang items in there. I thanked him over and over again. Recently though, we have been storing many things in that small space and it has become unmanageable.

I wanted a closet organizer badly, but was budget conscience and did not mention it. These boxes cost an average of $20.00 each (or more) for the small size 10″ X 8″ if you buy them in a retail store!! I knew I would need several boxes and several sizes, costing over $100.00. Yesterday, after reading through many DIY projects on Pinterest, I decided I could make one. After all, once upon a blue moon, I use to be crafty!

Here is what I came up with – home-made jute twine boxes! I love them!! I knew that I didn’t have any wire I could use, but I did have  a lot of boxes! I thought it over and weighed my options. The wire would be costly for as many boxes as I wanted to make, so this is what I came up with:

Decorative Jute Organization Boxes 🙂

If you want to try this, you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue – Cost: $4.99 for 20 sticks 4″ ( I only used 5 sticks on this project.)
  • Hot Glue gun  (I used the high heat gun) – Cost: $6.99
  • Jute twine (buy the largest roll you can find. Trust me, you’ll find a thousand uses for it!) – Cost $18.99
  • A box (sturdy reinforced construction) – Cost: FREE! Just use boxes that everyday items are packaged in!

Total project cost per box – Glue $1.25, Twine (roughly) $4.00 = $5.25 per box!!!
Time: 1 hour

1st step- find a suitable box that’s sturdy with reinforced sides & bottom. I chose a Ramen Noodle box measuring 10 1/2″ X 8″ X 4 1/2″ deep.

2nd set – set up
3rd step – begin by gluing the twine to a corner of the box. After it dried 10 seconds later, I laid a thin line of glue along the bottom of the box and pressed the twine into the glue. Basicly, I wrapped the twine around the box one side at a time (gluing it as I went).
For the project to be a success, each row of twine deserves a row of glue – no skimping. Keep wrapping the box until there’s about a half inch lip left at the top.

4th step – choose a fabric. Since I couldn’t sew if I had to, don’t have a sewing machine, nor knowledge of sewing – I used an old t-shirt to upcycle.

5th step – I cut the t-shirt piece so that I had a long skinny piece of fabric and laid it in the box to eye measure.

6th step was to trim the excess off.
7th step – I began gluing the fabric to the 1/2″ lip I left at the top of the box.

I glued both long sides first.

8th step was to access the damage… I mean, progress!

9th step was to fashion the remaining two short sides to the box.

All in all, I’m pleased with my little decorative box for organization.
After I complete more of these, I’ll post a before/after picture of the closet 🙂

Here’s the second larger box measuring 16″ X 12″ X 8″ deep.
This one required 12 1/2 glue sticks & a lot more twine. (I’m not crafty enough to determine how many yards.)
Not knowing how to sew is the hardest part 🙂

Here are before/after pics of the closet:


    • I’m on my second box now that measures about 2 1/2 times the size of the first box. It’s looking good, but with the kids home from school – it’s going much slower 🙂

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