Earth Day was yesterday, and hopefully you were inspired to find ways to incorporate recycling and upcycling into your crafting. As a frugal crafter, I’m always looking for ways to turn my unwanted items into something useful. Here’s an idea for turning grocery store plastic containers into fun, functional drawer organizers!
- Plastic produce or take out containers, on hand
- Newspaper, on hand
- Glue, on hand
- Paint, on hand
To make your own recycled drawer organizers:
Step one: Cut to separate the lid from the body of the plastic container. You can use both pieces if they fit your needs.
Step two: Tear newspaper into small strips. I used some Japanese newspaper that came with a package I had received.
Step three: Apply glue to the bottom of the container, lay a strip of newspaper on top, and cover the strip with more glue. I used DecouPage for my project, but you could use any glue on hand, or make a paper mache paste.
Step four: Continue to cover the container with layers of glue and newspaper until the plastic is covered. Let it dry.
Step five: Paint the inside of the container, just to give it some color and make it look more hip.
I plan to make several of these in different sizes to fill my kitchen drawers with. No more digging around for pens, scissors, and other supplies. I can get organized, craft, AND recycle, all at the same time. Win!