Saturday, August 17, 2013

"Grab a Bag" - A Way to Organize those Bags of Chips.....


Our school year doesn't start until the first week in September and I am trying to get in gear and get everything ready so I am not cramming everything in to the last weekend before we head off to school.  I am in the process of re-organizing my pantry and the first thing I have done is created a fun and space saving way to store all of those "lunch size" chips.  Let me show you a creative, cheap and easy way to display the chips that won't take up any space in your pantry.


It all started with the picture below.  I was getting so tired of walking into my pantry and seeing this mess of chip bags in the box on the floor.  The chips are always so nice and neat when you get them home from the store, but then the family ransacks it finding which chips they want and it ends up looking like a tornado went through it.  


Supplies Needed

Strip of wood - I purchased mine at Michaels in the craft area
Scrapbook paper - The amount is small, use your scraps
Clothespins - Medium size
Velcro strips for hanging
Mod Podge
Spray paint
Glue Gun
Vinyl for labeling

Start by spray painting the piece of wood.  Here is a picture of the before and after.  You will only need one piece. I chose white because I already had the can of white spray paint.


Next step is for the clothespins......

I laid out the 18 clothespins after they dried on the board to get the perfect distance between each before I secured them to the board...


I chose to stagger them so I could fit all of the bags onto the piece of wood....


After I had the distance between each I wanted, I secured the clothespins by using hot glue.....


Here is the board after all of the clothespins have been glued.  I left room at the top of the board for a cute vinyl label.....


Closer look......


I used my scrap vinyl to make the label......




Use the velcro picture hanging strips (I used a total of 4) to secure the piece of wood to the pantry wall....


It is now time to clean that box of chips out and clip them on the board....






Fits perfectly on an unused wall in the pantry....


Thanks for stopping by....

Have a great weekend!!!!

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By Stephanie Lynn
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Turn a Shadowbox into a Charging Station


Several months ago, I had an "AHA" moment when I came across a shadowbox in Michaels on clearance for $9.00 (original price was $60).  I snatched it up quickly but at the time I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it until I got home and discovered it would be a perfect charging station if I just flipped it upside down...Let me show you what I did....


I started with a shadowbox just like this from Michaels, except mine was a burgundy color that I painted grey.....



Below are the steps I took to transform a simple shadowbox into a charging station....

{The pictures below were taken after everything was finished.  I lost my camera card with all of the before pictures...sorry}

Step 1 - Take the back off of the shadowbox and flip it over (glass is facing down)


Step 2 - Drill a "pretty" hole in the back for the power strip cord to fit...


Step 3 - Install a power strip through the "pretty" hole you have drilled.....


Step 4 - I used 3M Command Velcro picture hanger strips to the back of the power strip.  Now the power strip can be securely placed on the back of the shadowbox.....




Step 5 - Plug in all of your electronics...


Step 6 -  I replaced the back of the shadowbox with a flat wood platform to hold the cell phones, etc that my Dad built.  He cut 5 notches so the cords could fit in but now slip down and he even built a stand to place the iPad on.....

BEFORE
Here is the ONLY picture I have of it before it was painted....


AFTER
Here is the picture after it was painted and simple labels added.  I got the labels in the scrap booking department at Michaels.


Closer picture of labels.....




Picture of the back of the shadowbox (not the prettiest)..


More pictures......







I even had room to add a decorative little bowl to hold my car keys and loose change.....




I am so happy that I had an "AHA" moment and could not be more thrilled with this project.  The charging station sits on a small kitchen counter and doesn't take up any working space in the kitchen.

Hope you have a great week...thanks for stopping by....

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