Stuff In My Kitchen: Upcycled Pantry Organizers
We all long for that beautiful and organized kitchen. The stuff that magazine pictures are made of! Sigh.
Those beautiful containers add up, I know. I own 2-3 of them and I couldn’t bring myself to buy more than what I have now.
Thank god for my husband’s love for chocolate milk. His addiction has provided me with containers for my pantry items.
- Nesquik Containers – Empty, washed and dried.
- Ruler, Scissors, Glue, Tape – whatever you have on hand. Use what is most comfortable for you. My preference is X-acto knife and ruler.
- Paper of your choice. Colored, construction, gift wrap! Ribbons if you have them! The pattern I used is something I made on Adobe Illustrator, so if you want this, send me an email. Go ahead and print Hello Kitty if you want. Superhero motif? Sure!
- Measure the canister. The one I used is 21.8 oz size. from the bottom of the lid it measures 5.75 inches. Cut that from the long side of your paper. Using thick paper (like construction paper / kraft paper / some gift wrap) covers the printed label better. Cover it all over. I used regular sized construction paper (8.5x11in) so there was a bit left over. Dont worry, just cover it up. I didn’t glue it on the canister because I prefer it to be easily removed once I change my label along with its contents.
- At this point, you can just label it with your own handwriting. But why stop now? I decided to make a printed trim on my jar. Making a “continuous-looking” ribbon is easy. Place a piece of tape at the edge of your paper with half of the width of the tape sticking out. With the sticky side up, place the other piece of paper as close to the first piece of paper. It should look like this:
- I did the same thing with my printed piece, but I cut it narrower than the blue piece.
- Wrap the trimming tightly around the canister and tape it/glue it. As I said earlier, I didn’t glue it because I will eventually change the label and use the container for a different ingredient. Make sure that you have two sides that don’t have seams (ends that join) because that’s where you want your label to appear.
- I’m sure you can do better than this! 😀
- When you are done, label away!
I hope that this helps in organizing all your ingredients that come in plastic bags and boxes! If you ever made this, please show me a photo – I would love to put it on the Fanmeal section of my blog. Even if it’s not a meal, it will be part of a meal! 😉
I have organized my bathroom in a previous blog. Please click on the photos to see the procedure!