Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer

Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer

Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer is perfect for the office and back to school.  Use colorful Multi-Surface paints and wrapping paper to transform a plain drawer into a fun and functional organizer.

Hello there!  Can you believe that school will be starting in just one month?  Where did this summer go?  I am definitley getting into back to school mode.  Today, I am sharing how to create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies.  All you need are a few colorful multi-surface paints and wrapping paper.

Supplies (affiliate links):

  • Americana Multi-Surface 2oz – Turquoise Waters
  • Americana Multi-Surface 2oz – Flamingo
  • Americana Multi-Surface 2oz – Poppy
  • Americana Multi-Surface 2oz – Purple Sunset
  • Drawer
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Decou-Page Matte 16oz
  • Paint Brushes

Instructions:

I found this white drawer desk organizer at T.J Maxx and thought it would be great for my daughter to use for her school supplies at home.  Next to the drawer was a roll of colorful floral wrapping paper that I wanted to line the inside of the drawer with.  I picked some coordinating multi-surface paints and got started.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

First, I painted the inside of the three smaller compartments with two coats of Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint in Poppy, Turquoise Water, and Flamingo.  Allow the first coat of paint to dry completely before applying a second coat.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

Next, I cut a piece of the wrapping paper to fit suggly inside the large compartment of the drawer.  I used a foam paint brush to apply a thin layer of Decou-Page to the drawer and gently placed the paper down on top.  Use your fingers to smooth out any air bubbles in the paper.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

I removed the hardware from the outside of the drawer.  Then, I applied two coats of Purple Sunset to the outside and inside of the drawer.  Once the paint was dried, I screwed the hardware back on.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

I love the different size compartments of this drawer.  They are great for storing paper clips, twine, pencils, notepads, and all of your office and back to school supplies.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

My daughter loves this Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer.  She will be all set for kindergarten to start next month.

DIY Rattan Pencil Case

DIY Rattan Pencil Case

INSIDE : Learn how to make the perfect Back to School DIY Rattan Pencil Case. It is perfect to hold and store all your pens, pencils and erasers!

My daughter starts her first year of Kindergarten in exactly one month!  (whaaaaat?!)  School season is nearing and one of my favorite ways to start preparing is shopping for school supplies.  I love looking at all the new pencils, crayons, notebooks and scissors.  It never fails, I get giddy in the store every time.

Today, I am sharing my nineth back to school project, a DIY Rattan Pencil Case!  You might also like this Kiddo Personalized Pencil Case.

I think I’m going to send my daughter off to Kindergarten with the coral + pink case and my son off to Preschool with the mint green case!

Rattan Pencil Case DIY

 

WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED TO MAKE A PAINTED RATTAN PENCIL CASE?

Rattan Case (similar + similar)
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Painter’s Tape

Also now available – Paint Palette No. 1 Photography Print of my paint palette pictured below!!

DIY Rattan Pencil Case supplies

My rattan cases were purchased at IKEA.  They come in black and natural colors and are available in two sizes, both which are used in this project.

HOW TO PAINT A RATTAN PENCIL CASE :

My first step was to tape off the rattan case in preparation of my coral paint color.  Note: the first line of paint was the only place I used tape and to be honest, when I transitioned to other colors, I just freehanded it.  Those freehand lines actually turned out better than when I taped it, just an FYI.

After completing the coral stripe, I free handed the soft pink stripe.  I also inserted the top and bottom portions as I went along, so that each paint stripe would align perfectly.  The last color added was the hot pink to finish off the remainder of the rattan case bottom.

Using mint green paint, I also painted a squared off dot pattern on the longer rattan.

Remove all painter’s tape you may have used and allow adequate time for the paint to fully dry.

DIY Rattan Pencil Case steps

I was so pleased with the final products!  I’m really loving a monotone palette these days, so the coral, soft pink and hot pink combination are my jam!

DIY Pencil Case

RATTAN PENCIL CASE

DIY Rattan Pencil Case

The larger sized mint rattan case is perfect for storing pencils and pens.

Rattan Pencil Case

While the coral + pink case, holds chalk, erasers, and even glasses just perfectly.

 

DIY ‘Work It’ Back to School Clipboard

DIY ‘Work It’ Back to School Clipboard

Ever since realizing that a colorful labeled container is as simple as a flat surface and oversized alphabet stickers, I’ve had a blast imagining new and unique ways to pepper the project throughout our house. In case you missed it, I first tried the method out to label a cat food container, and today I’m sharing how I customized the concept for everybody’s favorite back-to-school season.

Scroll on to see how I made my DIY ‘Work It’ Back-To-School Clipboard in less than five minutes using inexpensive supplies from Target’s in-store Dollar Spot.

Here’ What You’ll Need:

  • Clipboard
  • Alphabet stickers (grab a few packs since you might need extra letters)

Simply put, this project hardly warrants a tutorial because all you have to do is peel and stick your letters. It’s really as easy as that, although, of course, you’ll first need to choose your saying.

In case you’re a details person like me, I’ll explain! I started by grabbing my sheets of alphabet letters and then held them up to the clipboard to get a general idea of how many letters I could fit. Since I wanted to stick with an office theme, I ultimately chose “Work it” as my clipboard quote. You, on the other hand, can run with anything you can think of—as long as it fits within the allotted space, that is.

From there, I simply stuck my alphabet letters to the surface of the board, starting at the end so that I could make sure all my letters fit. Once all of my stickers were in place, I used my fingertips to smooth the letters against the clipboard.

Have your kids gone back to school yet? Or are you a student facing a brand new semester yourself? Maybe you’re like me and just heading into the office with renewed energy this month. Either way, I bet you’ve raided the Dollar Spot at Target to take advantage of all the deals. If you haven’t though I’d suggest stocking up on the colorful goodies now before they’re gone for good! Oh, and by the way, this post isn’t sponsored in any way, shape, or form—I’m just Target’s biggest back-to-school fan.

Back-to-School Crafts for Kids

Back-to-School Crafts for Kids

I can’t believe it is almost time for the kids to go back-to-school!

Summer just flies by, doesn’t it? Help to build excitement and get kids in the right mindset with these adorable school-themed crafts.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL! 25+ School themed crafts & activities for kids!  These are adorable! #backtoschool #backtoschoolcrafts #backtoschoolcraftsforpreschoolers #craftsforkids
Back-to-School Crafts for Kids
  • Make a school bus from a paper plate.
  • Make a paper plate apple.
  • Craft a pencil from shapes.
  • Use tissue paper to craft an apple; the kids can give it to their teacher on the first day of school!
25 BACK-TO-SCHOOL CRAFTS FOR KIDS ( the DIY backpack is SO COOL!)
  • Make a handprint apple.
  • Use their little feet to make this adorable school bus.
  • Have kids craft their own back-to-school photo prop; it can be used year after year!
  • Make a wormy apple.
  • Make back-to-school cereal bars together.
  • Use craft sticks to make a giant pencil.
  • Paint a newspaper school bus.
  • Make a school bus photo frame.
  • Print & play Back-to-School BINGO!
  • Have kids make a back-to-school wreath for their new teacher.
  • Use duct tape to make these cool pencil holders.
  • Make a Lego pencil holder.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL! 25+ School themed crafts & activities for kids!  These are adorable! #backtoschool #backtoschoolcrafts #backtoschoolcraftsforpreschoolers #craftsforkids
  • Show your artsy side with this denim covered supply can.
  • Make your own back-to-school photo booth.
  • Make these ADORABLE mason jar pencil holders.
  • Let kids decorate their own book bag!
BACK-TO-SCHOOL! 25+ School themed crafts & activities for kids!  These are adorable! #backtoschool #backtoschoolcrafts #backtoschoolcraftsforpreschoolers #craftsforkids
  • Let kids make & decorate their own apple donuts on the first day of school.
  • Transform a cardboard tube into a toy school bus.
  • Make chalk board rice krispies treats together.
  • Make emoji supply holders.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL! 25+ School themed crafts & activities for kids!  These are adorable! #backtoschool #backtoschoolcrafts #backtoschoolcraftsforpreschoolers #craftsforkids
DIY Gold Vinyl Pencil Pouches

DIY Gold Vinyl Pencil Pouches

 

One of my favorite things about the end of summer was always the back to school shopping. Even though I was never excited about actually going back to school choosing just the right patterned folders, sparkly pens, and the perfect backpack were my favorite. I’m actually starting to miss school just thinking about it!

While I was picking up a few office supplies last week I stumbled upon these clear vinyl pencil pouches for $1 each. And even though I’m not going back to school next month I thought they would be perfect for storing all sorts of supplies. I grabbed some gold adhesive vinyl and cut out a scalloped rectangle using my Silhouette. Ever since creating the little scalloped storage jars I’ve wanted to put scalloped decals on everything! I added polka dots to the other case because you can’t go wrong with gold polka dots (you know I do have them all over our guest bathroom), right?

Download the template to create your own gold vinyl pencil pouches:
– SVG template for use with a Silhouette or Cricut Explore
– printable PDF template

Spruce up a cheap vinyl pencil case with some gold vinyl polka dots! Click through for pattern.w

Head back to school in style with this simple DIY gold polka dot pencil case.

 

If you’re like me and you’re not heading back to school this fall you can always use these pouches for other things, like a makeup bag when you’re traveling or even a business card holder when you’re heading to a conference.

4 Ways To Keep Your Spine in Good Shape

4 Ways To Keep Your Spine in Good Shape

As we get older, we often try to find ways to keep ourselves healthy. However, we often miss important parts of our body in favor of others that we feel are more important. For instance, our weight, heart, and sugar levels are seen as more important than other parts of our body, such as our joints, spine, and bones, until it’s too late. 

However, the spine is one of the main factors in maintaining our health. Our spines are made up of at least 33 vertebrae, and they are responsible for moving all parts of our bodies, including the head, neck, back, arms, and legs. Due to this responsibility, it is important that we maintain good spine health so that the body can continue functioning properly. So here are four ways to keep your spine in good shape: 

Get a good night’s sleep.

A good night’s sleep helps one’s brain recover from the day’s activities and keeps one’s spine healthy by reversing any damage that may have occurred while sleeping. A good night’s sleep on a good mattress and pillow that supports your spine is very important if you want to minimize the risk of developing back pain or another type of musculoskeletal discomfort. The more your sleep posture aligns with the natural curve of your spine, the less likely it is that you will experience pain. 

Do exercises that focus on strengthening your core.

Core exercises are an integral part of any fitness routine. They strengthen your spine by engaging your deep muscles. As a result, you will feel better about yourself and have more energy to do what needs to be done. However, it’s important that you don’t over-extend yourself during these exercises. If you want to try out core strengthening exercises, practicing yoga can be a good option as it strengthens the core muscles as well as provides lots of muscle flexibility. You can also check the online blog article by Steel to learn more about effective exercises that can help you strengthen your core. 

Get a good chair, but don’t sit too long.

You are sitting in your office chair for 8 hours a day. Your spine is being compressed, which is hard on the body. Research has shown that sitting in an office chair can cause back pain, scoliosis, and other spine-related issues. If you have any of these problems or just want to have a healthier back, you should try to find a good chair that won’t cause any harm. An ergonomic chair can help improve your posture, and it’s also recommended that you get up and walk around every 30 minutes to use the muscles in your legs and hips to keep your spine aligned properly. 

Learn as much as you can about spine health.

Your spine is one of the most important body parts that you need to keep healthy and function properly. The more you learn about your spine, the more you’ll know how to keep your spine healthy. You should read up on the spine, including how it works and what functions it performs. Some physicians state that you should learn about your spine’s anatomy, function, and physiology so you can take care of yourself and in the end it can help your maintain and healthy spine.