So…I organized my pantry with cute containers for less than $60. YUP.
Alright people, let’s get crafty.
In case I haven’t mentioned before, I am insane about DIY home improvement projects. They are my meditation. They bring me peace in a world of chaos. This one was relatively tame. (The craziest one thus far was turning my white mini-fridge into a treasure chest mini-fridge). 😉
Now let’s talk organization.
My pantry was a freaking mess. Parts of it still are, but this week I tackled the worst of it. Usually open shelving can be really cool, but in our case, it just looked like crap.
And as much as I’d love to buy a bunch of super pretty expensive containers and make it look all sleek and awesome, that’s just not in the budget right now. So I got crafty instead.
- 12 cardboard boxes from Ikea
- 3 rolls of burlap ribbon (3 yrds on each roll)
- 2 rolls of raffia (80 ft. each, 1 orange, 1 red)
- Pearls with flat sides that I had from a previous project (you could use beads, sequins, buttons, rhinestones, gems, whatever is small that can be hot glued).
- Roll of twine (from previous projects)
- Rope (from previous projects)
- Hot glue gun/glue
*For your own projects the amount of decorative schtuff you’ll need will depend on how many containers you’re decorating.
*Instead of twine, rope, or burlap you could also use fabric, ribbon, tape(?), artificial foliage…etc. depending on what aesthetic you’re looking for. I wanted them to look slightly rustic.
Here’s how I started. I knew I wanted to find inexpensive boxes or some sort of containers. Obviously I took the measurement of my shelves so I could figure out how large the boxes could be. Then I scoured Amazon and found nothing in my budget (although there are a ton of options if you don’t mind spending a bit more, or if you need less containers than I did). And THEN I went to Ikea.
The cardboard boxes I ended up using from Ikea were $5 for a 2-pack. SCORE. So the 12 boxes I needed only cost me $30. But I knew I wanted to decorate them to make them less cardboard box looking. So I went to Michael’s because I still had money left on a gift card, otherwise I probably would’ve scoured Amazon prime again.
I knew I wanted the burlap ribbon that I used on the tops, and I also knew that I had twine and rope at home if for some reason I didn’t have enough of the burlap (which I didn’t because I forgot to measure around the top of the boxes…because I’m a hot mess). And I also bought the raffia from Michael’s.
I had a balance of $20 on my gift card, so this was about a $10 purchase. We’re up to only $40 (or $60 without my gift card) on my 12 new pantry organization containers.
- Measure your shelves/open pantry and find containers that will work with your space/budget.
- Measure tops of container to know how much burlap/rope/twine etc you’ll need.
- If you get the IKEA boxes or something like them, you’ll need to assemble them. They were super easy to fold together, but I made my husband Kyle help me with them because reasons.
- Then I grabbed my hot glue gun and started by gluing the burlap around the top of six of them.
- When I ran out of burlap I decided to do three with the twine and three with the rope. I just wrapped each with twine or rope around the tops of the remaining boxes until it looked the way I wanted it to, gluing it down as I went.
- There were cardboard box-looking grooves on the sides under each type of top wrapping I had that I wanted to cover up, so I used the pearls with one flat side. And I only did it on the side I knew I wanted facing out.
- And finally, I cut pieces of the raffia and tied them in a bow on the same side as the pearls. And I made sure to glue the bow in place.
And then I transferred my pantry items to the boxes and put ‘em away!
I’m still waiting on some cute little chalkboard label stickers to to stick on all of them, but they’ll be here from Amazon prime by tomorrow. I’ll probably update the ‘after’ pic once I have them.
That’s it, guys! We’ll see what crazy craft I come up with next.