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Guest project — $5 DIY Organization Bins!!

 Hi! I’m Jessie from
 I’d like to share my DIY Organization Bins with you. 

I wanted to buy some organization baskets for our new built-in desk area but instead of forking over the cash, I decided I would make my own.  Well, I decided Mike would make some for me.  We have some scrap wood in our garage that Mike cut to size (10 inches long) and nailed together for me.  He nailed 1×4 pieces of wood for the front and 2×2 pieces of wood for the sides and bottom.  Here is what it looked like:

I then covered them with this cute polka dot fabric.  I didn’t really have any scientific method to covering it, I basically tried to wrap it like a present.  Folding and stapling  and cutting in a few places until it was covered to my liking.

Next, we added some little hangy things (is there a name for these?) and put some nails in the wall to hang them from.

Then we made sure they were level and hung them.  I left 5 inch gaps between the boxes when I hung them to leave room for the mail/papers we will store there.

The last thing we did was put a nail on the front and hang little chalkboards for bin labels.  Ya know that cute little dog I talk about all the time?  Well sometimes he does things that aren’t that cute.  One of those things?  We blame him for being one chalkboard short.  The culprit has been known to eat things and since I had 3 chalkboards laying on the desk yesterday and can only find 2 today…yep, we’re blamin him.  So my middle box is missing it’s label but it’s fine for now.  I can always get another one for $1.00 next time I’m at Joann’s.

Anyway, here’s the final product:

Cute, huh?
Total cost for the project: $5.   
I had a coupon for Joann’s and got this fabric for $3.50 and then found the chalkboards there too for $1.50.
 Cheap, easy, and functional.
Thanks Jessie!! I love this idea.

You can make the holders any size and use different fabrics to match any decor!! 
Jessie has great DIY ideas.
I love her entryway.She made these projects and the bench she made from boards!
I love her DIY built-in desk space. She also made the stool cover and has a helpful tutorial on how to do it:
Her Kitchen Island is another great project. She painted it, added beadboard and a new top. So pretty!
Be sure to stop by imperfectlypolished.com for some DIY inspiration!!!

PS — It’s Round 3 of Amercian Crafter — come vote for YOUR favorites!!!
The theme this round is — Vintage!! 

PPS It’s Friday. My favorite day of the week!!! I hope you will stop by tonight for a little fun at The Weekend Wrap Up Party. I am excited to see what YOU are working on!!! The party starts at 6pm {MST}.


  1. I { L O V E } your files, I adore polka dots!

  2. I love this cute project. Thanks for sharing. I love all of her others projects also. Can't wait to visit her blog.


  3. OOH i love the fabric! What a neat filing system! I need to get my office space more organized too!

  4. Those are adorable! My hubs has some left over wood and a staple gun. Now I'm wondering where I would hang them *goes off to ponder*

    Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    I really love this project. I'm going to see if my hubby can make me some…even I can use a staple gun and fabric!

  6. Very cute!

  7. OOOOH! Love everything. Definitely checking out her blog!!

  8. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Those bins are so cute! I love the fabric!

  9. CUTE! Going to check out the blog!