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10 Inexpensive DIY Organization Ideas

Trend: 10 Inexpensive DIY Organization Ideas

You don’t have to break the bank to organize your home. It’s almost the New Year so it’s the perfect time to get creative and clean up the house. Check out these 10 Inexpensive DIY Organization Ideas to update your home.

1. With the big holiday season coming to an end I bet you have a ton of wrapping paper to organize. Check out this cool wrapping paper and ribbon station, from Centsational Girl.

With the big holiday season coming to an end I bet you have a ton of wrapping paper to organize. Check out this cool wrapping paper and ribbon station, from Centsational Girl.

2. Transform some old metal locker baskets into wall shelves to organize some books or other items, on Rain on a Tin Roof

Transform some old metal locker baskets into wall shelves, on Rain on a Tin Roof

3. I love this easy accessories’ organizer made from some IKEA caddies. This is great for the bathroom, but I can also see it organizing some kitchen gadgets, from Glamour.

I love this easy accessories organizer made from some IKEA caddies, from Glamour.

4. This laundry organization idea is amazing. She put names on each basket to organize the clothes, from Polka Dot Chair.

This laundry organization idea is amazing, from Polka Dot Chair.

5. Create this wall mounted lint bin to help keep your laundry room clean, on Polished Habitat.

Create this wall mounted lint bin to help organize your laundry room, on Polished Habitat.

6. A new year means it’s time for a new calendar. Create this cool desktop calendar for your office, on the DIY Diary.

A new year means it's time for a new calendar. Create this cool desktop calendar for your office, on the DIY Diary.

7. Spend less than $9 to organize the space under your sink. You better believe this is on my to do list. It can get so messy under there, on How To Nest For Less.

Spend less than $9 to organize the space under your sink, on How To Nest For Less.

8. Stop throwing your mail in a pile on the counter. Check out this DIY to make this mail basket. If the thought of using power tools is intimidating, you can use a paper towel holder instead, from Design Sponge.

Stop throwing your mail in a pile on the counter. Check out this DIY to make this mail basket, from Design Sponge.

9. Find some old wooden crates from a thrift shop to create some shoe storage in your entry, on A Beautiful Mess.

Use old wooden crates to create shoe storage in your entry, on A Beautiful Mess.

10. Craft these cork board pencil holders to organize your desk, on Paper n Stitch.

Craft these cork board pencil holders to organize your desk, on Paper n Stitch.

Do you have any organization ideas for the new year?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: Homemade Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Trend: Homemade Secret Santa Gift Ideas

It’s time for all of those fun holiday parties and that means it’s probably time for Secret Santa gift exchanges. Skip the store bought present and make your gift unique and craft something for your gift recipient. I’ve gathered some great ideas for you.

1) Customize this No Sew Apron with the name of your Secret Santa. It’s the perfect gift for any cook, on Sugar and Cloth.

Customize this No Sew Apron with the name of your Secret Santa. It's the perfect gift for any cook, on Sugar and Cloth.

2) Homemade vanilla extract would also make a great gift for the cook in your life, on The Paper Mama.

Homemade vanilla extract would also make a great gift for the cook in your life, on The Paper Mama.

3) I love making gift bags out of paper bags. Wrap up a nice bottle of wine in a customized printed paper bag and you’re done, on The Gold Jellybean.

3) I love making gift bags out of paper bags. Wrap up a nice bottle of wine in a customized printed paper bag and you're done, on The Gold Jellybean.

4) Hide your secret Santa gift in a big jar of fun confetti, on Studio DIY.

Hide your secret Santa gift in a big jar of fun confetti, from Studio DIY.

5) This Sewing Kit in a Jar is so handy to have around the house and would make a great gift, on The Paper Mama.

This Sewing Kit in a Jar is so handy to have around the house and would make a great gift, on The Paper Mama.

6) For the garden lover, makeover some plain pots with bright paint and add a succulent, on Miss Renaissance.

For the garden lover, makeover some plain pots with bright paint and add a succulent, from Miss Renaissance.

7) Create these relaxing peppermint bath bombs for your gift, on A Pumpkin and a Princess.

Create these relaxing peppermint bath bombs for your gift, from A Pumpkin and a Princess.

8) A gift for your tech friend: Leather Laptop Cover DIY, on Oh Happy Day.

A gift for your tech friend: Leather Laptop Cover DIY, on Oh Happy Day.

9) For the coffee person, create this Peppermint Mocha Java Jar, on The Gunny Sack.

For the coffee person, create this Peppermint Mocha Java Jar, from The Gunny Sack.

10) I would LOVE homemade bread and jam as a tasty gift for the holidays, on Project Wedding.

I would LOVE homemade bread and jam as a tasty gift for the holidays, on Project Wedding.

11) I always love a candle gift and I should definitely be making this tea cup candle DIY, from Hey Gorgeous Events.

I always love a candle gift and I should definitely be making this tea cup candle DIY, from Hey Gorgeous Events.

12) This color block serving tray would be a great secret Santa gift and a great hostess gift, on Better Homes and Gardens.

This color block serving tray would be a great secret Santa gift and a great hostess gift, on Better Homes and Gardens.

13) Find some favorite photos to create these Homemade Polaroid Coasters, on Darkroom & Dearly.

Find some favorite photos to create these Homemade Polaroid Coasters, on Darkroom & Dearly.

14) Easily paint a snowy scene on a plain glass bulb ornament with this DIY, on Better Homes and Gardens.

Easily paint a snowy scene on a plain glass bulb ornament with this DIY, from Better Homes and Gardens.

15) Here’s a great gift for the sport-loving wine drinker: DIY Trophy Wine Stoppers, on Inspired by Heather.

Here's a great gift for the sport-loving wine drinker: DIY Trophy Wine Stoppers, on Inspired by Heather.

16) Another great DIY gift for the gardener: A DIY Terrarium Kit (with printable label), on Wit and Whistle.

Another great DIY gift for the gardener: A DIY Terrarium Kit (with printable label), on Wit and Whistle.

17) For those friends that are ALWAYS cold, these DIY hand warmers are so cute, on Rae Ann Kelly.

For those friends that are ALWAYS cold, these DIY hand warmers are so cute, from Rae Ann Kelly.

18) Are you buying for a beer lover? Stick with the beer, but make those bottles more festive with some antlers and googly eyes, on House of Hawthornes.

Are you buying for a beer lover? Stick with the beer, but make those bottles more festive with some antlers and googly eyes, from House of Hawthornes.

19) I LOVE peppermint bark. Whip up a batch of these tasty treats, put them in a little jar, and add a tag. You’re ready to gift this to your Secret Santa, on Sprightliest.

I LOVE peppermint bark. Whip up a batch of these tasty treats, put them in a little jar, and add a tag. You're ready to gift this to your Secret Santa, on Sprightliest.

20) You can download and print some free stencils to create these DIY Stenciled Kitchen Towels, from Lulu the Baker for The Paper Mama.

You can download and print some free stencils to create these DIY Stenciled Kitchen Towels, from Lulu the Baker for The Paper Mama.

Happy crafting!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: Honeycomb Berry Wreath DIY

Trend: Honeycomb Berry Wreath DIY

It’s time to decorate for the holidays and I’m so excited. I’ve been making so many Christmas crafts and this one is a new favorite! My honeycomb berry wreath looks so lovely hanging in my house and it’s easy to craft. Check out the tutorial below to make this for your holiday home.

Supplies needed:


Directions:

Honeycomb Berry Wreath DIY

Step 1: Secure one end of the crepe paper to the back of the foam wreath with a t-pin. Continue to wrap the crepe paper around the whole wreath. When you’ve reached the end, secure the end piece with another t-pin.

Honeycomb Berry Wreath DIY

Step 2: Grab the pipe cleaner and secure a loop around the wreath (so you can hang the wreath). Secure the pipe cleaner with a t-pin to keep it from moving around.

Honeycomb Berry Wreath DIY

Step 3: Let’s start to add the “leaves”, a.k.a. the honeycombs. I suggest cutting some honeycombs in half, to add variety to the wreath. Push the t-pin through the cardboard portion of the honeycomb, then push the pin and honeycomb into the wreath. Tip: don’t open up all the honeycombs at once. Do it as you go along (you might want more cut in half).

Honeycomb Berry Wreath DIY

Step 4: Continue to add more honeycombs around the wreath until the whole this is covered. Tip: You don’t have to cover the sides and back of the wreath. Just the portion of the wreath you can see in the front.

DIY-ify: Honeycomb Berry Wreath DIY

Step 5: Glue the red pom poms randomly around the wreath.

You’re done! Hang this pretty wreath indoors (it won’t last outdoors) and enjoy the holiday! If you need some more wreath inspiration, check out my Unexpected Wreath DIY Ideas right here.

If you create this wreath, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


28 DIY Photobooth Ideas

Trend: 28 DIY Photobooth Ideas

These days most parties have some sort of photobooth set up because people love taking fun photos with friends! Since it’s party season I gathered up 28 (yup, a ton of ideas) to inspire you and your party planning. The skill level for these backdrops range from extremely easy to sort of hard. Enjoy!

1) These sewn paper circles are like fancy paper chains. The perfect backdrop, from Oh Happy Day.

These sewn paper circles are like fancy paper chains. The perfect backdrop, from Oh Happy Day.

2) Fabric and ribbon strips will work just fine for your photos, from Your Marketing BFF.

Fabric and ribbon strips will work just fine for your photos, from Your Marketing BFF.

3) This backdrop is so simple and wonderful, from The Glitter Guide.

This backdrop is so simple and wonderful, from The Glitter Guide.

4) I just want to decorate my whole wall with these bows for Christmas, from Studio DIY.

I just want to decorate my whole wall with these bows for Christmas, from Studio DIY.

5) This backdrop is easy to set up with a foil door curtain and paper stars, from A Beautiful Mess.

This backdrop is easy to set up with a foil door curtain and paper stars, from A Beautiful Mess.

6) Buy a few packs of gold and white doilies and you’re ready for this photobooth, from Sarah Hearts.

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7) This paper fan backdrop is great, from Evite.

This paper fan backdrop is great, from Evite.

8) I’m loving this fringe heart backdrop, from Oh Joy.

I'm loving this fringe heart backdrop, from Oh Joy.

9) I bet this backdrop takes a ton of time to put together, but it’s so pretty when finished, from Brit + Co.

I bet this backdrop takes a ton of time to put together, but it's so pretty when finished, from Brit + Co.

10) I’m loving this mini honeycomb ball photo backdrop, from Studio DIY.

I'm loving this mini honeycomb ball photo backdrop, from Studio DIY.

11) This photo backdrop is easy on the budget. A variety of colored crepe paper will make this cute backdrop, from Lovely Indeed.

This photo backdrop is easy on the budget. A variety of colored crepe paper make this cute backdrop, from Lovely Indeed.

12) A balloon wall is so colorful and fun! Found on Momtog.

A balloon wall is so colorful and fun! Found on Momtog.

13) A floating confetti wall would be perfect for any party, from Studio DIY.

A floating confetti wall would be perfect for any party, from Studio DIY.

14) This Popsicle backdrop is making this pregnant mama hungry, from You Are My Fave.

This Popsicle backdrop is making this pregnant mama hungry, from You Are My Fave.

15) Turn your crepe paper into fringe garlands to create this colorful set up, from Lovely Indeed.

Turn your crepe paper into fringe garlands to create this colorful set up, from Lovely Indeed.

16) For an outdoor photobooth, use some chalk on a fence for the background, from Whimsy and Hope.

Turn your crepe paper into fringe garlands to create this colorful set up, from Lovely Indeed. For an outdoor photobooth, use some chalk on a fence for the background, from Whimsy and Hope.

17) This is a photobooth I set up for my sister’s bridal shower. It’s just a sheet hanging on a fence, from The Paper Mama.

This is a photobooth I set up for my sister's bridal shower. It's just a sheet hanging on a fence, from The Paper Mama.

18) There’s a full tutorial on how to build this parasol backdrop, from A Subtle Revelry.

There's a full tutorial on how to build this parasol backdrop, from A Subtle Revelry.

19) I love this blue yarn backdrop against the white brick wall, from Ruffled.

I love this blue yarn backdrop against a white wall, from Ruffled.

20) Use what you can find in your backyard. This leaf backdrop is perfect, from Almost Makes Perfect.

Use what you can find in your backyard. This leaf backdrop is perfect, from Almost Makes Perfect.

21) Be careful, this backdrop will make you hungry. I found this marshmallow backdrop on Wedding Sparrow.

Be careful, this backdrop will make you hungry. This marshmallow backdrop found on Wedding Sparrow.

22) This gold sequin backdrop would be great for New Years Eve, from Oh Happy Day.

This gold sequin backdrop would be great for New Years Eve, from Oh Happy Day.

23) Tape some vibrant gift wrap to a wall for your backdrop, from Binita Patel Blog.

Tape some vibrant gift wrap to a wall for your backdrop, from Binita Patel Blog.

24) This may be my favorite backdrop. A giant baby photo for a birthday photobooth backdrop, from Oh Happy Day.

This may be my favorite backdrop. A giant baby photo for a birthday photobooth backdrop, from Oh Happy Day.

25) What do you need for this photobooth? Tape and a variety of colorful paper, from Julep.

What do you need for this photobooth? Tape and a variety of colorful paper, from Julep.

26) This no-sew triangle canvas backdrop needs to be at my next party, from A Practical Wedding.

This no-sew triangle canvas backdrop needs to be at my next party, from A Practical Wedding.

27) I love love love this crepe paper flower backdrop, from A Beautiful Mess.

I love love love this crepe paper flower backdrop, from A Beautiful Mess.

28) Hang up some favorite fabric to create this backdrop, from Design Love Fest.

Hang up some favorite fabric to create this backdrop, from Design Love Fest.

Are you planning any parties?

If you create any photobooth backdrops, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


16 Coffee Mug DIY Ideas

Trend: 16 Coffee Mug DIY Ideas

Mugs are a popular gift and customizing them can be fun to do and the perfect project for a craft night with your friends. Pair your custom mug with a small bag of coffee, or a some special tea, and add a bow to create a perfect gift for just about anyone.

If you’ve been on Pinterest then you’ve probably seen the hundreds of mug DIY ideas out there. It can be a bit overwhelming skimming through all of those posts, so I gathered some favorites for you. If you do head out to search for some mug DIY’s in the big internet world, just keep a few things in mind: Don’t use paint where your mouth will touch the mug (the paint is not food safe). You need to use dishwasher safe Mod Podge for a glued mug project to be successful (other Mod Podge could wash away). Plain ‘ol Sharpie pens will not last on a mug, there are special Sharpie Paint Pens to use for these projects.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge:

1) Using colorful and graphic tissue paper will brighten up any mug, via I Spy DIY.

Using colorful and graphic tissue paper will brighten up any mug, via I Spy DIY.

2) This gold confetti dipped mugged is perfect for some holiday tea, via Lines Across.

This gold confetti dipped mugged is perfect for some holiday tea, via Lines Across.

3) I made this DIY for BHG and it comes with free printables so you can make your own Floral Coffee Mug, via Better Homes and Gardens blog.

This DIY I made for BHG comes with free printables so you can make your own Floral Coffee Mug DIY, via Better Homes and Gardens blog.

4) Make that handle shine with a couple coats of glitter, via Mod Podge Rocks.

Make that handle shine with a couple coats of glitter, via Mod Podge Rocks.

Glass paint:

5) Use a free printable pattern to makeover a favorite coffee mug, via HP Create Blog.

Use a free printable pattern to makeover a favorite coffee mug, via HP Create Blog.

6) Check out this variety of mugs from a craft party night, via Flying House.

Check out this variety of mugs from a craft party night. via Flying House.

7) These colorful mugs need to be mine, via Curbly.

These colorful mugs need to be mine, via Curbly.

8) A mug DIY for the person that thinks they can’t create a pretty DIY mug. This is very simple and pretty, via Popcosmo.

A mug DIY for the person that thinks they can't create a pretty DIY mug. This is very simple and pretty, via Popcosmo.

Porcelain Paint pens:

9) Really customize that mug with a silhouette, via A Beautiful Mess.

Really customize that mug with a silhouette, via A Beautiful Mess.

10) This bear mug makes me smile, via Design Sponge.

This bear mug makes me smile, via Design Sponge.

11) How sweet are these little espresso sets? Via Small For Big.

How sweet are these little espresso sets? Via Small For Big.

12) A great stocking stuffer idea for the kids: Monster Mugs! Via Tuts +.

A great stocking stuffer ideas for the kids: Monster Mugs! Via Tuts +.

13) You just need a steady hand and a paint marker for this cute mug, via Wild Olive.

You just need a steady hand and a paint marker for this cute mug, via Wild Olive.

Other methods:

14) This water color coffee mug DIY is magical (made using nail polish), via Poppytalk.

These water color coffee mugs are magical, via Poppytalk.

15) This “gold-plated” spray painted mug is lovely, via The Winthrop Chronicles.

This "gold-plated" spray painted mug is lovely, via The Winthrop Chronicles.

16) I really want to try out this photo transfer paper to make my own kitty face mug, via Pudge the Cat.

I really want to try out this photo transfer paper to make my own kitty face mug, via Pudge the Cat.

If you create any of these mugs, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Trend: Floral Coffee Mug DIY

It’s really no secret that I love coffee mugs, and I might have too many… The thing is that I want my coffee to sit in a cute vessel, not something plain and boring. That’s why I makeover plain coffee mugs! You can easily find a plain white mug at most stores, or I suggest wandering to a local thrift shop to buy a mug for cheap (there’s always a ton of mugs that need some love). For these projects I typically use paint or a paint pen, but for this Coffee Mug DIY I tried something new. I have discovered that Mod Podge now makes a dishwasher safe gloss! That opens up my mug creativity to adding fabric, glitter, and even paper. For my first time using this gloss, I made 3 floral printables to dress up those plain mugs. I have shared them below so you can make your own!

Supplies:

Directions:

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

STEP 1:

Print out the flower printable you want to use on your mug. Cut out the flowers, leaving a small white border around the shape.

STEP 2:

In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors while wearing a mask and eye protection, spray a light layer of clear acrylic sealer spray onto the cut out flowers. Let dry completely. The spray will keep the ink from smearing when applying the Mod Podge.

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

STEP 3:

Wipe down the mug with the rubbing alcohol to clean it, then let dry.

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

STEP 4:

Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the paper flower, and apply a layer of Mod Podge on the mug. Attach the flower onto the mug. Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles under the paper. Repeat this step for all the flower pieces.

STEP 5:

Let the paper flowers dry for about an hour. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the paper flowers. Let that layer dry for 2 – 3 hours. Apply 1 – 2 more layers (allowing dry time in between each layer).

STEP 6:

This step is important. Before using this mug the glue needs to set for 28 days. I know this seems like forever… but the time will fly by. I promise. After the wait time is up, you can wash this cute mug on the top dishwasher rack!

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

You still have plenty of time to get these mugs made for Christmas gifts!

If you create any of these mugs, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Just a reminder: all of my free printables are for personal use only.


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