If you're like me and need a little help getting organized, then I think you're gonna love this post. You see, I'm on an organizing kick lately. Today I'm sharing How to Make an EASY DIY Mail Organizer from a Box. Yep, a box. A cracker box, actually. We'll talk about it more in a minute.
First, if you want a little more organizing inspiration, check out another organizing idea: my Easy DIY Labels, click here in case you missed it.
One thing I like about the New Year is that it's a fresh start, a good time to look at the “systems” you're using (or not as the case may be). Normally I'm so busy in daily life that I don't often take time to really stop and consider what's working and what needs a bit of improvement.
My pantry is in progress and coming along nicely thanks to the labels I made. Another area that needed an overhaul though was my mail. Walking in and just throwing it on the counter or table or wherever wasn't really working… I needed a drop zone where I can dump it and then come back to it. And I finally found an idea that works, and is pretty too!
SUPPLIES TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY MAIL ORGANIZER
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- Cardboard box (Cereal, cracker, or another product box)
- Secret Rose Garden printables (available in my Free Resource Library)
- Cricut cutting machine (or another cutting machine)
- Cricut Design Space (if using a cutting machine)
- Duct Tape
- Spray Adhesive
- Glue Stick
- Glue Dots
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY MAIL ORGANIZER OUT OF A BOX
[dropcaps]1[/dropcaps] Gather Your Supplies
Most of us have lots of boxes like these hanging around that clutter up our pantries and our trash bins. While organizing my pantry, I generated a bunch of these and realized, there had to be some projects I could do with them.
And boy, did I come up with some ideas – stay tuned for more! Today I'm sharing the first one with this How to Make an EASY DIY Mail Organizer from a Box project.
[dropcaps]2[/dropcaps] Download the Floral Files
In addition to the boxes, you also need the Secret Rose Garden printables that I designed especially for this project. You can get the file from my blog’s Free Resource Library.
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Log in to my Free Resource Library, navigate to the file called Secret Rose Garden DIY Mailbox Organizer, and click to download. This is a zipped file. Unzip and open it up.
Print 3 copies of the Secret Rose Garden floral PDF. If you want to line the inside of the box you will need to print more copies.
[dropcaps]3[/dropcaps] Upload to Cricut Design Space
The remaining files in the download folder are PNG files that you need to upload to Cricut Design Space software. If you are unfamiliar with how to do that, please watch this video to watch me download and upload files into Design Space.
You need to upload 3 files: the label, the floral accent, and the scalloped corner trim.
Once you upload those three files, add them to your canvas in Cricut Design Space. You will then need to resize them.
Here are the sizes I used:
Label: it is 5″ wide
Floral Accent: 4″ wide
Scalloped Corner Trim: 9″ tall; make sure you copy this so that you have 4 of them on your canvas.
To make assembly easier I added a SCORE line down the center of each piece of scalloped corner trim. If you do this, make sure you ATTACH one score line and one piece of scalloped trim to each other.
You can see my canvas here:
Once you have the pieces laid out on the canvas correctly, click the MAKE IT button in the top right-hand corner.
Set your settings and PRINT then CUT the pieces. I PRINTED mine on cardstock.
Note: You will need a scoring stylus if you decide to score the trim within the software. Make sure your tools are loaded and ready to go. Once they're ready, load your machine and your off!
2nd Note: When you print the file you won't see the scalloped trim on the sheet but trust me, it's there. 🙂
Here's what you will end up with:
Once you have the decorative papers cut, now you're ready to prepare your box.
[dropcaps]4[/dropcaps] Prepare the Box
For my project, I used a Cheezit box. I liked the dimensions of it, but any box you have on hand will likely work.
- Cut off ONE end of the box.
- Determine how tall you want your box to be. I wanted mine to be 8.75″. Cut your box to the length you wish for.
- Next cut a notch out of the front of the box. This will make access easy for you.
- Add some duct tape to the bottom of the box and around the rim of the top – this will give your box extra support.
- Measure and trim your pieces of the floral paper to cover the box.
- You will need one piece for the front, one for the back, and one piece provided the two pieces for the sides.
- Do you all your “dry” fitting and trimming.
- With the front piece, you will have little wings. Try to cut-off as much extra paper as you can to make everything fit more easily and keep it all tidy. In the photo above you can see how I was able to trim off a nice chunk of paper from the right that would otherwise hang and be in the way on the left-hand side.
Once your pieces are measured and trimmed, you're ready to attach them.
[dropcaps]5[/dropcaps] Cover the Box
Note: For this next step, you need a well-ventilated area.
Spray adhesive on one side of the box and attach the paper. You can spray a bit on the paper too. Just be careful you don't get the surface too wet.
Attach all your base, blue floral pieces with the spray adhesive.
Now you're ready to add the trim pieces. I used a glue stick to attach mine. I used a paper towel as a base to keep my work surface clean.
The last step is to attach the label.
I didn't have dimensional dots so I balled up some flat dots to give it some height.
First, I place the dots on the back of the floral accent and then attach that to the label.
Then add dots to the back of the label and attach it to the box.
Ta-da! And there you have it!
A pretty and functional way to corral mail and have a more organized life. Hooray!!
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