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).
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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