Decor Storage – 12 Days of Christmas – Days 3

Today, we’re talking organization and Christmas Decoration Storage at the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Blog Hop with a group of fantastic bloggers. You are going to love all of the Christmas goodness that is headed your way over the next several days. Don’t miss a single day — they are all different and promise tons of holiday cheer and inspiration! Enjoy…

Join us for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series along with eleven other talented bloggers. We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas ideas to make your holiday season more festive and fun.

Every day December 1-12th we will be sharing a new collection of Christmas Ideas rounded up from our best blogging friends around the web. That’s a total of 144 awesome Christmas Ideas to make your holiday season easier and more fun! Some of our topics include Decor, DIY, Organization, Food, Games and so much more. We don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much. We want you to be surprised! Now is the perfect time to subscribe so you’ll be the first to know!

Meet The Hostesses

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications ~ Erlene of My Pinterventures ~ Lindsay of Crazy Organized

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom ~ Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy ~ Lorelai of Life With Lorelai

Katie of The Organized Dream ~ Amanda of The Kolb Corner ~ Marie of DIY Adulation

Megan of C’mon Get Crafty ~ Sara of Twelve On Main ~ Kim of Made in a Day

 

12 Days of Christmas Ideas

Creative Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas

Welcome, Lindsay from The Crazy Organized Blog.

It’s day three of the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series and it’s my turn to share! Since I’m a sucker for a great organizing solution, I’m sharing the 12 Most Creative Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas on the web!

1 Christmas Lights

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2 Fragile Glass Ornaments

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3 Christmas Tree

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4 Labels

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5 Garland

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6 Christmas Cards

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7 Wreaths

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8 Wrapping Paper

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9 Cardboard Dividers for Ornaments

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10 Gift Wrap Station

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11 Egg Cartons for Ornaments

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12 Clear Containers

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Make A DIY Custom Wire Basket

Learn how to make your own wire basket from regular contributor, Michelle James.

 

DIY Custom Wire Basket

Have you ever been searching and searching for a basket to fit a particular space in your home, or organizing and you just cannot find the right size?  It happens to me all of the time.  So, I decided to learn how to make my own custom wire baskets.

DIY Custom Wire Basket:

If you would like to make your own wire baskets, here is what you will need.

Supplies needed:

  • Hardware Cloth – you could use chicken wire too
  • Tin Snips
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Gloves
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Straight Edge – I used a piece of wood

 

First, decide the length and the width of your basket.  Mine needed to be 17 inches X 15 inches.  Then, decide how tall it will be.  I could only go 3.5 inches because the hardware cloth we purchased (for a different project) was only 24 inches wide.  The 17 inches plus 7 inches equals the 24 inches.  So, that was how tall I would make it.

Use the tin snips, and cut out a piece that is big enough for the sides and the bottom of the basket.  My piece was 24 x 22 inches.  This was the 17 x 15 bottom and the 3.5 inches on each side.  (total of 7 inches for the sides)

I know…I don’t like math either but this is how we use it in real life.  Good thing it isn’t any harder than that.

Then, you need to cut out the corners of this piece to form the sides that will be bent up to a vertical position.

Start by using a sharpie and marking the corner point.  My sides will be 3.5 inches; so, I measured 3.5 inches from the sides to find the corner point.

It is important to cut one side of each corner close to the cross wire and the other side away from the cross wire, so the little wires are hanging out.  You will be using these little wires to wrap and attach the side corners together.

Bend up the sides using a straight edge of some sort to help keep it folding in a straight line.

Now, get the needle nose pliers to wrap the small wires onto the cross wire of the opposite side.  You will end up with this.

Nice, right?

Mind ended up with a twist in it.

I tried and tried to get it to straighten out.  I think a lot had to do with the size of the basket.  A smaller one may not be so bad.  I was able to fix it most of the way, but I knew it would be holding either fabric scraps or magazines. So, I knew it would not show when it was on the shelf.  And, it doesn’t.  Here is the final result in the organizer cabinet I made from the old 70’s cassette, cd and vhs holders.  I love these and look for them now.

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will try to make your own wire baskets.  They are pretty easy, but be sure to wear your gloves.

I may still make a liner for this basket.  I think it would look really nice.

 

Have a great day,

~Michelle

 

 

 

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Kitchen Cabinets – DIY Upscale

Kitchen Cabinets – DIY Upscale

A Great Tip for Kitchen Improvement!

 

Do your kitchen cabinets need help? Don’t have the money to redo them? Here is a fabulous tip to improve your cabinets — make them more functional and more spacious!

You know that old cabinet design with the 90 degree angles and the closed wall shelving. Well, that’s what we have in both corners of our kitchen. It is such a waste of space. One side of the cabinet is long, going all the way back behind the wall of its partner cabinet. When you place something back there…you’d best forget about, because it is near impossible to get it out again. You cannot even see what you have stored back in the darkness–certainly NOT a place for anything you use often, or plan on using ever.

As I tried to combine two kitchens worth of stuff into one, these cabinets became a real issue. Thank goodness for Luke, his trusty tools, his ingenious mind, and his willingness to make me happy.

Luke and his Oscillating Dremel went to work cutting out the cabinet walls. If you choose to remove the walls, be sure a border of the wall remains for structural support. With this in mind, Luke cut out the walls on the top and bottom shelves.

 

The photo on the left is the top shelf. As you can see, Luke was able to cut the wall flush with the two shelves. I can see what I have on the shelf all the way to the back corner! I can also slide and maneuver things around with ease.

On the right, is the bottom shelf. More of a window cut was made in this wall to not weaken the cabinet. I can still see to the back corner, and I can reach things easily. Having this opening, even though it is smaller, allows me to store larger things (like my bowls) in the cabinet that would not fit there before. The opening gives the bowls space to hang over into the other cabinet.

I was able to get about 2 1/2 times the stuff stored on these shelves. The items are stored neatly and efficiently. I can see what I have, and I can reach everything for easy use. I am thrilled!

Thank you, Luke!!!

How do you like this Kitchen Cabinet Tip?

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