How Drinking Coffee Gave Me Coordinated Organizers

I love organizational “stuff”. Nooks and crannies. Secret compartments in my car. Boxes and containers. But the cost of all the “cute” organizational items can add up. I realized that I had the perfect organizational “bin” for my pantry but they just weren’t cute.

My husband thought I was crazy for wanting to cover them with Contact paper. But I didn’t want them to go to waste, and I wanted to start getting the pantry more organized.  I mean they’re cute enough while they’re holding the KCups for my Keurig, but once they’re empty and I want to re-use them, not so much. But I love the bin style of these boxes. Lined up they don’t take up a whole lot of space, but it’s easy to reach in and grab what’s inside.

My first attempt at wrapping these in Contact paper was…painful. For some reason I thought I needed to get it all in one piece (like wrapping a present) but with the hole, and the sticky nature of the Contact paper…let’s just say I ended up with two pieces and a whole lot of waste.

So I made a second one, and this time decided to do it with two strips instead. The first strip covered the “skinny” part of the box on the front, bottom and back.

Then a second piece went across the “wider” part of the box, including the two sides and the top. I did wrap that piece just over the edges to the bottom so that I had one less seam.  That was SO MUCH easier and I had very little waste (only some of the pieces I trimmed away for the opening, although I cut slits and wrapped it into the inside for a smooth edge).

I wanted to be able to easily label and re-label the box, so I added a piece of chalkboard Contact paper (most brilliant invention) and used chalk markers (second most brilliant invention) to add a label.

Here it is all finished (before I labeled it).

Cuter, right?

Here are a couple in the pantry. (Yeah, the inside edges are a little rough. I’ll tape them down eventually.)

If your shelves are tall enough and the contents aren’t too heavy, you can stack these on each other to save more space. Unfortunately, my shelves are too short, but I am able to stack other containers on them, so that helps with shelf space.

I figure cute bins in this style from a big-box container store would be $10-$15 each. And of course you can do this with just about any box. I just happen to have a steady supply of KCup boxes to eventually convert my entire pantry to these coordinated organizers.

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  1. Wendy says:

    What if you very carefully “un-assemble” the box, contact paper both sides (using a bone folder to reestablish the folds), and then reassemble the box? Then both the inside and outside would be covered!

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Oh that’s an interesting idea! I was trying to think of ways to get the inside covered without resorting to spray paint. LOL I have plenty of boxes – may give that a try! I’ll let you know how that turns out. :-)

  2. Kristine says:

    Great idea! Thank you so much.

  3. Roxie says:

    I do this kind of thing a lot. I don’t use contact paper very often as I find it hard to work with. I use fabric. I often buy clothes at the thrift store for about a quarter. (25 cents) I take the item apart, press flat, and use the fabric to cover the box. I mix plain old white school glue with water till it is thin…then wet the fabric in the glue. Place on the box and cut with an exacto knife.
    I have also done what the other person said, (Wendy) take the box apart very carefully and cover with the wet fabric. I have done soda boxes to hold soup cans, a tissue box to hold plastic bags, and cereal boxes cut to be like a magazine holder.

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Roxie that is brilliant! I never work with fabric so wouldn’t have even thought about that. Yes, Contact paper is a challenge to work with for sure. And I think the fabric and glue (once dry) would help it be pretty strong. Ooohhh now I’ll have to try this with fabric. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Oh wow! I love this idea! I recently tried to find some storage boxes for my pantry at Walmart and the Dollar Store. Nothing seemed to work right. We have an open pantry and it looks disaterous most of the time! Thanks for this great idea! I think I know where to start now! :)

    Rebecca
    http://www.abeautifulruckus.com

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