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Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's amazing what you can make from cardboard and an old sheet

I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but I can't.  I adapted the pattern and tutorial from Choose to Thrive of her Ballard knock-off.
This is what I LOVE about the crafty/DIY blogging world.  The generous sharing of ideas.  I would never have thought of doing this!  I was planning on building a wood file holder to hang on my wall, but not only would it have been incredibly challenging to build, it wouldn't have been big enough to suit my needs.  I needed a lot of pockets to hide my clutter, and one day it came to me.  I could use the idea I saw on another blog, double the size and hang it on the inside of one of my pantry doors (yes, I have two pantries.  Don't hate me.), where no one would see it.  PERFECT.  I hadn't pinned the tutorial, so it took multiple tries Googling to find the post, but I did!  Thanks to Nike for sharing her awesome project.
In addition to adding another column of pockets, I adjusted the spacing to fit my door.  The flaps in the middle share a hole in the cardboard back, so they are RIGHT next to each other (necessary to fit the width of my door).  I DID run into a problem when I went to put it up.  It's called a doorknob.  So I took off the inside knob, gouged out a small hole in the backside (without going all the way through) to accommodate the metal prong sticking out about a half inch.  Then I cut a disc out of an old sour cream lid to put over the knob opening and screwed it into place, to then hold the outside knob on.  Then screwed my cardboard masterpiece to the door.  Cut out labels on my Cricut for the finishing touch.

I love it.  Total cost was $2 for the old sheet I got at the thrift store.  Cardboard, duct tape, spray adhesive and hot glue I already had.  And now my countertops and table are clutter free.  Hip hip hooray!

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