First, you need to make a template. Here's how I made mine:
|I didn't take pics of this the first time around, so I'm showing you how I did it by |
using a piece of paper. I made my actual template from a piece of corrugated
cardboard. Trace around the canister of nuts.
|Add straight lines down the side. I wanted a rounded top with a squared-off|
bottom. You definitely want the bottom part to be heavier than the top
part so it will hang correctly. Draw a line across the bottom edge.
|Cut out your template. Use an object with a smaller circumference to|
draw a circle in the middle. Make sure it's large enough to go around a
closet rack. Trace around this smaller circle.
|Cut a line up the center of your divider from the bottom edge to the|
inner circle, then cut out the inner circle. On the right is the
cardboard template I made the first time around.
|Start with some (empty!) paperboard packaging.|
|Using your template as a guide (clearly my template was made from |
a Capri Sun box!), cut six pieces of paperboard that are a little
larger than your template.
|I cut each of three 12"x12" scrapbooking papers in half to|
end up with six 6"x12" pieces of paper.
|Before you move on to this step - make sure the glue has dried.|
You will be much happier with the result. Ask me how I know ;-)
Now trace around your template LIGHTLY with a pencil.
|Cut along your pencil line. Start adding your labels. If I had cool|
handwriting, I would do these by hand. Since I don't have cool
handwriting, I used stickers. I make a set of six dividers: 0-3mos,
3-6mos, 6-9mos, 9-12mos, 12-18mos and 18-24mos.
|I used numbers and letters from 2 packs of these stickers.|
I have a lot of stickers left for another project.
Once I got the stickers on the dividers, I decided to go
around them with a red marker to make them stand out a little more.
3 sheets of scrapbook paper @ $0.59/ea = $1.77
2 packs of stickers @ $1.39/ea = $2.78
Total: $4.55 + about an hour of my time (includes making the template)
These look really cute packaged up in a cello bag with lots of curling ribbon. For my friend at MOPS, this was enough. I don't know her very well, but still wanted to give her something to express my congratulations. For the friend who will get these car-themed cuties, I will probably still pack them in cello, but then use them to decorate a box or bag containing an additional gift. We're practically family, so I want to do something extra special for her. Anyway, I don't think you can beat a custom handmade gift for under $5. Enjoy!
And now for today's spring cleaning assignment: to tackle two of my kitchen drawers - my silverware drawer and my junk drawer. I'm only allowing myself 20 minutes to do both of them. Here's the before pics:
|The organization's not too bad in this drawer. But - EWWW! - |
how do those weird crumbs even get in there?!
|As you can see, my junk drawer is full of junk. Needs some|
organization, this one.
I'll show you the "after" shots tomorrow! Ooooh! I almost forgot! Look what I discovered this morning: