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    Storage Cabinets for Linens and Things

    After yesterday’s post about linen closet organization ideas, I got inspired to hunt for some freestanding cabinets that would work well for linens, bathroom storage, and so much more. Enjoy!
    Gray Cabinet
    Rustic Wood Linen Cabinet
    White Wash Wood Linen Cabinet
    Classic Linen Closet
    Shutter Door Armoire
    Two Door Accent Cabinet
    Natural Wood Curved Armoire
    Reclaimed Wood Accent Cabinet
    White Armoire
    Farmhouse Armoire
    White Wood Linen Tower
    Reclaimed Wood Floor Storage
    Cane Wood Two Door Armoire
    Glass Door Floor Storage Cabinet
    Freestanding Bathroom Linen Cabinet with Shutter Doors
    Tall Wood Linen Cabinet Shelf
    Get inspired by linen cabinet organization inspiration here!
    Click the thumbnails below for more cabinets I love:

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    Linen Closet Organization Ideas

    House & Home / Designer Sam Sacks
    We have a very small linen closet. Actually, it’s a tiny linen cabinet! It’s really too small for our needs so I have to get creative by utilizing storage in other areas of our home, too.
    Today let’s get inspired by these wonderful ideas for linen storage and organization!

    Organized linen closet – BHG

    Simply Beautiful By Angela

    Linens in wood antique armoire – Ella Claire

    Linen closet with wallpaper – Sincerely Marie Designs

    Wallpaper linen closet – Home and Fabulous

    White Linen Cabinet Source

    Blesser House

    Bathroom Linen Armoire – Click here to tour this dreamy shingled beach house (above)

    Liz Marie Blog

    Wood Linen Cabinet Armoire – Julie Blanner

    Sarah Joy Blog
    Update: Looking for sources for freestanding cabinets? Click HERE for a roundup!

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    Kitchen Canisters + Sources

    Kitchen canisters are not only handy for storing everyday items, they bring a streamlined look and personality to your counters, shelves and pantry!
    People often ask me where I get my black and white ceramic canisters. I love them! Sadly my exact pattern has been out of stock for awhile, but I found lots of similar sources for you today.
    Things we keep in our kitchen canisters: our vitamin D and C powder, tea bags, coffee beans and pods, snacks, nuts, sugar, flour, etc.
    Don’t limit yourself to using canisters only in the kitchen, they are equally handy in the bathroom for hair ties, bobby pins, cotton swabs, etc!
    Enjoy the inspiration below and find lots of sources at the end!

    Black and white 3 pieces canister set
    Blue and white bamboo lid ceramic canister
    Stoneware coffee canister
    Patterned stoneware canister with wood lid
    6 piece patterned canister set
    Textured kitchen canister
    Black kitchen canister
    White textured ceramic canister with wood lid – set of 2
    Small matte white canister with cork lid
    Small glass canister with cork top set of 2
    Gray white and wood kitchen canister
    Blue and white 3 piece kitchen canister set
    Green kitchen canister set 3 piece
    Gray textured canister set

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    Find lots of organizing inspiration in my book Simple Organizing, and in my book Make Room for What You Love!

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    Working From Home: Creative File Storage Idea


    Work from home idea for creative file storage and desk organization made by repurposing two unrelated items to make a mobile hanging file folder organizer.

    I have been working from home for the last 11 years and have tried and used many pieces of furniture, office supples, file storage and desk accessories to make my work from home life productive while in a decorative style.

    I am lucky to have a room in my home that I made into a work place just for me. I call it my studioffice where I can do both the messy creative and crafty projects using paints as well as a pretty desk where I can take care of running my own business from the comfort of my home.

    When we moved to the lake I noticed that when I wasn’t creating projects in my studioffice and was using my computer, I would head out to the kitchen table where the view of the lake is better.

    When I did this I also took along a few files of posts I was working on as well as other things related to running a blog.
    By dinnertime on many days, the table was filled with all my paperwork that I would pile up when it was time to serve dinner.
    This was not a good thing as the papers became disorganized and not good for my production.
    To keep myself better organized when I worked at the kitchen table, I outfitted a basket file with all that I needed and placed it on a chair. This was better, but still not ideal.
    I had to come up with a better solution to keep me organized when I worked from the kitchen.

    Fast forward to cleaning out my craft room – studioffice last week. It was quite a mess after all the holiday projects I worked on in December. I took a hard look at everything in the room and realized I never sit on this white leather office chair.
    I love the styling of this chair, it is very chic and feminine, but whenever I sit on it, my lower back goes out on me. 🙁 Does this happen to anyone else when sitting in certain chairs?

    I have another office chair that I made over a few years ago using pink and white cowhide fabric that I use that is fine for my back.

    When I was taking the chair to the garage, I noticed that the wheel base was screwed on with large metal screws and easy to take apart.
    You know how much I like adding wheels to furniture. Seeing the wheels gave me an idea that I figured would not be hard to try out. I did just that I started experimenting with ways to make the basket file I use in my kitchen easily moveable around the table and out of the way when I wasn’t using it.
    I realize that many of you will never need something like what I created with an office chair and a hanging file folder organizer basket, but I decided to post about it to inspire you to ask yourself when looking at any item in your home…. ” What if?…”
    What if?… I did this or What if?… I removed that. Keeping your mind open allows you to give everything, especially stuff you are getting rid of a second look and hidden potential for a new use.
    Don’t look at the item as a whole though. Look at each separate part of the item by itself. Envision it combined with something else that may not be related to it at all.

    See if you can use parts of one item and add it to another unrelated item to come up with something new that can make your life easier, more organized or just for something decorative.
    Creative File Storage Idea

    Keeping an open mind to the possibilities and my needs allowed me to create a mobile file organizer that I can roll right up to the kitchen table when needed and then roll away at the end of the day.

    To give my mobile file holder more function, I placed a flatware caddy basket from the thrift store inside so I would have a place for pens, note pads, a stapler, scissors and other misc desk supplies that I use every day.
    For the flatware caddy basket, I used a small box to create a lift in the back of the file folder basket so the flatware caddy sat up flush with the top of the file folder basket.
    How to Repurpose an Office Chair To a Mobile Hanging File Folder Organizer

    Time needed: 2 hours.
    Creative File Folder Organizer to Use When Working From Home
    Remove Seat
    Remove the seat from the office chair. I used an Allen Wrench to remove mine.

    Measure Base
    Figure out the size you will need to make a wood box (or find a pre-made wood crate that will fit) that will go over the wheeled chair base. My base was 13″ x 19″. I made the box slightly larger than this so I could easily place in over the metal base and attach it.

    Make a Box
    I made the wood box from scrap lumber. I needed a top piece and 4 side pieces.I cut each to the size needed and used small finishing nails to make a simple, rustic looking box.

    Attach Box to Base
    Once the wood box was finished, I placed it top side face down and then centered the top of the office chair into it. I used wood screws to attach.

    Flip It Over
    Turn the whole thing over and place a file folder organizer box on top.Options: You can paint the wood or cover it with fabric to coordinate with your decor.Depending on the size of your chair base you may be able to buy a pre-made wood crate or box to use from the craft store.

    My new rolling file folder organizer may not be perfect, but it is exactly what I needed. The best part, I didn’t have to buy anything new to create it.

    For more work from home tips to help you stay organized and productive, head over to my post where I share how I store everything in my craft room/studioffice.
    If you have been working from home over the last year, you’re probably noticing that you’re inadvertently collecting supplies, and might not have a way to contain all of those random odds and ends. Whatever your home office set up is, avoiding a cluttered workspace is just as important as ever to stay productive.
    I bought the hanging file folder basket many years ago at Target. I looked for something similar to share with you. Here are a few I found:
    Chic & Stylish Hanging File Folder Organizers

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    Clever DIY Home Organization Ideas That Work For Me


    Clever and affordable home organizing ideas that will help you to keep “Your Stuff” organized once and for all.

    It’s cold, wintery and January. It is also the time many of us like to declutter and organize so we can start the new year with a well-organized home.
    Well-organized living and work spaces truly can make our lives easier every day. When we have clearly labeled containers and learn to edit what we no longer want or need and remove it from the house, it adds up to less time looking for things and more time to enjoy life.
    I like to make my own storage, organizers and labels when I can’t find a ready-made solution for my organizing needs.

    For instance when I couldn’t find a ready made scrapbook paper organizer to fit the cabinet in my studioffice, I custom made one to fit perfectly using cardboard boxes.
    If you are a long time reader you may remember it. I have made quite a few DIY organizers and thought I would share a few of them that really made a difference.

    How To Store & Organize Tablecloths
    I don’t have a dining room anymore, but when I did, this is how I stored and kept my tablecloths wrinkle-free.  

    I hung them in a closet where I had some extra rod space.
    When organizing the tablecloths, I folded them long-ways and then hung them over men’s suit hangers that I equipped with cardboard tubes from gift wrap. The round tube addition lessens creases from forming.
    How to Add Cardboard Tubes to Clothes Hangers

    1. Simply cut a gift wrap tube to the same width as the rod on the hanger. Open the rod and slide the tube on. Close the rod.

    Option: If you don’t have a wood rod pants type of hanger, you can use plastic hangers.
    You just need to cut the cardboard tube lengthwise. Once it is cut, place it over the rod.

    When I make this type of tablecloth storage hanger, I duct tape over the cut to close the tube.

    2. I roll very large or oilcloth tablecloths on the long cardboard tubes that fabric yardage comes on. I make sure to always ask for these tubes when I am at the fabric store.
    Repurposing Furniture Into Hard Working Organizing Stations for Small Items

    My go-to for small storage containers/baskets is the dollar store. They have the best plastic baskets. I bought all 18 of these baskets for the same amount I would have paid for one or two at other stores like Target or The Container Store.
    When the baskets were labeled and placed in a trashed dresser with no drawers that I DIY’ed into a decorative organizer there is no question as to where like items should go. Which then makes them easy to find when needed again.

    If you like to be little crafty… you can add a lot of style to shoeboxes. If you keep the lids on, they make great stackable storage.
    For this mudroom organizer, I covered the bottoms of 3 shoeboxes using maps and stick-on metal framed label holders.
    How to Organize Misc Items in Kitchen & Desk Drawers

    I like to line my drawers with decorative paper; usually I use gift wrap or wallpaper. For this drawer I used pages from a graphic arts book.

    Then I use small baskets that I find at thrift stores to organize smaller items. This drawer acts as my kitchen desk drawer.

    I add the square or rectangular baskets in all my drawers that hold small items. So far this drawer only has two small baskets. I am always on the look out for more and will fit the baskets in the drawer to fit like puzzle pieces as I find them at the thrift store.
    You can also organize drawer like this using low-sided boxes, but I like the style of the baskets better so I will continue to search for more.
    Make Cabinet Doors Into a Message Center
    There are many organizing ideas on how to use the inside of cabinet doors to hold and organize items, but here is one to do on the outside.

    This fabric memo board got lots of use in the kitchen of my previous house. I made it with fabric and a dollar store foam board.
    These DIY home organizing ideas are only a few that I have shared here on my blog. To find more, head over to see all my Organizing posts and archives of Free Printable Labels.
    Ready-Made Storage Organizers That I Use
    As you can see I like to make most of my home organizers, but if you don’t have the time to make your own organizing containers, here are a few of the purchased organizers that I use around my house that have helped me to stay organized.

    1. The Home Edit and 3. The Complete Book of Home Organizing – are two of my favorite organizing books.
    2. Self adhesive metal frame labels are one of my favorite and easiest way to add stylish labels to bins, boxes, baskets and more.
    4. I use Small baskets like these to organize the contents of desk and kitchen drawers.
    5. This 2 tier slide out organizer keeps the stuff under my bathroom sink in its place.
    6. These Expandable Drawer Dividers work great in large drawers to create sections.
    7. This Wire Door Shelf Rack has made my small pantry store a lot more.
    8. The style of Wooden Hangers that I used to store my tablecloths.
    9. I use these Clear Fridge Food Bins in my refrigerator and my pantry. I like how I can slide them out and grab what I need and slide back in.
    10. This is my newest organizer that I use for storing rolls of Christmas Gift wrap.
    11. I use these Under shelf baskets on the shelves in my garage. They give me extra space to hold all sorts of stuff.
    For more home organizing ideas, check out these ideas from a few of my blogging friends.

    Designthusiasm | The Complete Guide to Kitchen Organization
    StoneGable | Organizing Spices In Your Kitchen
    Shabbyfufu | How To Organize The Kitchen Junk Drawer – For Good!

    In My Own Style | Home Organizing Tips and Ideas
    Maison de Cinq | 5 Tips for Organizing China Cabinets

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    Making a 2 Tiered Kitchen Basket Stand


    How to take a 3 tiered metal stand and create a 2 tiered kitchen basket tray stand.

    I am going to show you what I semi-handmade over the weekend. My goal was to add a little bit of fall decor in the way of texture and organizing to my kitchen.
    I always enjoy tinkering with items such as the 3 tiered tray stand in the photo below. I like to see if I can come up with something new, using a part of it, then swapping another part out or even completely repurpose it. I would love to design a line of decor items someday that go with all the ideas in my head.

    This is exactly what I did with this white 3 tiered metal stand that I use when entertaining and for the holidays in my kitchen. It was a gift from a friend when we first moved to the lake – Thanks Gail. 🙂

    The stand comes apart easily, so playing around with it didn’t damage it one bit. I can always put it back together in a minute when Fall is over and it goes back into holiday mode.

    Using parts of the stand, I wanted to create a new Fall-inspired wicker basket stand to replace this silver wire stand I use to hold produce. I like this stand and will use it again, but my kitchen is small and I get bored seeing the same things. Changing it up, especially for the seasons, inspires me.

    I took the 3 tiered white metal stand apart to make a shorter 2 tiered kitchen basket stand so it would fit under my kitchen cabinets. I used a thrift store wicker basket as the second tier.
    I love baskets and get excited when I find a new way to use them around the house that not only looks nice but adds warm and cozy texture, while giving me the exact function I need. 🙂
    You may be thinking, “What’s that on the top – a finial?”
    The answer – yes, but not just any finial, but a custom-made one using a tiny detail from nature that I collect.
    How to Make a Tiered Kitchen Tray & Basket Stand
    I realize that you will not have the exact same items I used to make my 2 tiered fruit basket stand, but I wanted to show you what you can do with any tiered stand you may have.
    Do you have a tiered stand of any kind? Maybe one made with ceramic or china plates? These types of stands are easy to take apart and reassemble. They can be found at most thrift and antique stores. Even if you don’t like the design, color or pattern of the plates, the stand part can be repurposed to your needs.

    Time needed: 20 minutes.
    How to Make a 3 Tiered Stand into a Shorter 2 Tiered Kitchen Basket and Tray Standtools and supplies needed:Tiered stand or parts from a plate standMetal washersLarge screw and nutTwineTacky GlueHot Glue and glue gun
    Gather Your Parts and Supplies
    I took the stand apart. I only needed the pedestal, the rod, the rod covers and bottom round tray. I also used a round wicker basket into which I made a rod sized hole in the bottom with an awl.

    Create a Stopper to Secure Center Dowel
    I screwed the rod to the pedestal base and then added the largest round tray from the original stand, the larger rod cover, my wicker basket and the narrower rod cover.Doing this, the screw end of the rod was just short of the top of the second rod cover.To make the stand secure, I had to find a nut that fit the threads at the end of the rod. Then I was able to insert the screw into the top half of the nut.Once the nut was on the rod, the screw that I had on hand to fit into the nut was a little too long, even when tightened. I didn’t want to see the screw threads so I added washers to cover the threaded section of the screw. Once the screw on the top was tightened, the entire assembly was secure, creating a very stable stand.

    Hiding the Washer to Create a Finial
    To hide the washers, I brushed tacky glue to the sides of the washers and wrapped twine around them. I placed the ends of the twine in the channel on the top of the screw.

    Secure Twine
    To secure this, I used a dot of hot glue. (Note: If you want to take the stand apart some day, don’t put glue where screw meets the washers.)

    Attach Top Section of an Acorn
    Using another dot of hot glue, I attached the top section of an acorn.

    All Done

    My Semi-Handmade Countertop Fruit Basket

    I love, love, love my DIY’ed tray and basket stand. It is exactly what I envisioned. Best of all, I did it in my own style and it didn’t cost me anything to make since I used items I already had.

    When making the finial top, I didn’t have twine. So I applied a retail display trick (where we had to be super resourceful when creating displays for the store). Did you know that removing strands from burlap, which I did have – gives you pieces of twine. 🙂
    Do you have a tiered stand in your home that you are not using? Can you redesign it to fit a new need or for the season? Maybe use two baskets if you have them. That is what is so nice about DIY’ing – you get to be a designer.
    On another note…. I know my bananas are spotty, but I let them get that way. I freeze the spotted bananas and use this Frozen Fruit and Banana Whip Maker to make Banana Berry Whips or Chocolate Nice Cream. It makes it easy to make a variety of plant-based alternatives to ice cream. So I always have bananas getting spotty in my countertop fruit basket.
    If you like to see baskets or tiered stands on your kitchen countertop, here are a few I found:
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    One Last Decorating Detail to Update


    When it comes to making your house truly your home – every little decorating detail matters.
    I have pretty much transformed every surface in my house over the 5 years since we moved to the lake. I still had one small detail to update though. It was not a big deal in the grand scheme of updating and decorating a house, but for me getting this last detail updated by adding my own style was a very big deal.
    It is the last part of the house where the previous owner’s tastes still exists and it has taken me 5 years to get it done…. talk about procrastination!!!
    Before gearing up to decorate the house for fall, I thought I would finally get this detail updated.

    I am 5’5″ tall and only see the bottom shelf when I open my kitchen cabinets above the stove where the previous owner had blue and white shell motif Contact Brand adhesive shelf liner. Shell motifs were a thing in the house – both bathrooms also had shells as a decorating theme. 🙂

    When I made over the kitchen, I tried ripping up the adhesive Contact shelf lining paper, but only got a small section removed as it was not going to budge. At the time, I figured I would cover it eventually. 5 years is a very long eventually. 🙂
    There is never a time like the present to get something done, especially now that I am spending more time at home.
    To get the cabinet’s bottom shelf covered in something more to my liking, I went to my gift wrap stash and found the black and white plaid that I used to line the drawers earlier this year. That gift wrap also seemed like the right solution to line the cabinets.

    It took all of 10 minutes. 🙂
    This gift wrap is not like ordinary paper gift wrap. It has a vinyl component to it which makes it wipeable.
    You can find wipeable gift wrap at HomeGoods, TJMaxx, and Marshalls in many different patterns and colors. In my previous house, I used it to make a runner for my kitchen table.

    So nice now to see color and pattern that fits my personal decorating style.
    How to Line Cabinet Shelves with Gift Wrap
    supplies needed:
    Wipeable gift wrap or any decorative paper – sold at HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx
    Iron-On vinyl or Clear Contact paper if using regular gift wrap or paper
    Tape measure
    Optional: glue stick

    Use a tape measure to figure out the depth and length of the cabinet interior.
    Cut the gift wrap to size with scissors.
    Place gift wrap into cabinet.
    If you want the gift wrap to stick, after placing it in the cabinet, lift the corners and add a few swipes of a glue stick on the underside of the paper.

    When I painted the kitchen cabinets, I didn’t paint the insides or the inner lip where the cabinet doors sit when they are closed. Keeping the lip paint free allows the doors to close all the way, with ease.
    Don’t Have Wipeable Gift Wrap?
    If you can’t find wipeable gift wrap or a color or pattern you like to line your cabinets, then the next best thing to use is any gift wrap you like which can be covered with clear Contact paper or iron-on vinyl as I did when I lined my kitchen drawers.
    Or line your cabinets using the real thing – shelf-lining paper. Here are a few stylish options:
    Stylish Shelf Liner Options

    Black and White Plaid Gift Wrap (similar to mine)
    Gripping Shelf Liner Non-Adhesive
    Contact Brand Cork Self-Adhesive Liner
    Wood Grain Shelf Liner
    Clear Contact Brand Shelf Liner
    Lining cabinet shelves is a small detail that may not seem worth the time, but adding your own style to even the smallest detail in your home does contribute to making a cohesive look throughout a room and entire home, even when behind closed doors.

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    DIY Recipe Box Using a Wine Crate


    What can you put into a wooden wine crate after the wine is gone? You can repurpose it and make one chic DIY recipe box for your kitchen to hold and organize all your favorite recipes.

    I promised last week that I would show you one last item that I wanted to make for my kitchen cart island.
    A few posts ago I shared that I added a second shelf to the island. One of the reasons I added the second shelf to my rolling island kitchen cart was that I wanted a handy place for my recipe box.
    I have a small kitchen with no room to keep it handy. 5 years ago, I totally reorganized my recipe box. How I organized it has worked extremely well over the years so I didn’t change that aspect of the box. I did however want to give the box a new look so it would feel more “foodie chic” on my cart.

    I was inspired about a DIY wine crate idea when we were in France last year.
    I have always wanted a wine crate basket for my bike after seeing one like this when I was in NYC a few years ago for a blogging event. A very stylish woman was on her way to work on a black vintage bike with a wine crate on the back holding her tote. So chic…
    When I saw a few again in France, even though I knew I didn’t have a place to ride my bike, I was inspired to find a way to use a wine crate in my home somewhere.

    As you can see, I found a way.

    I custom made it to fit my needs and on the shelf on my kitchen cart island using wine crate fronts so there would be a winery logo on each side of the recipe box.
    I am thrilled with it as it adds a little more of the ” foodie chic” feel to my kitchen. I know it is just a recipe box, but I love it for the fact that I made something I envisioned and custom designed it for my needs.
    How to Make a DIY Recipe Card Box By Repurposing a Wooden Wine Crate

    I made my DIY recipe card box to fit large 5′ x 8″ index cards. I also only used wine crate front panels instead of just one wine crate. This way I could have a winery logo on each side of my box.
    Try to find front panels with the same thickness, but know it still can be made if they are not. One of my panels was thicker and one had grooves.

    supplies needed:
    I cut the panels down to size. If you have one wine crate, you will have enough wood to make the box, but will have only one winery logo, unless your crate has more than one logo on it – some do.
    Further down in the post is a list of where you can find wine crates.
    5 Wine crate front panels
    2 for Front and Back: Cut to size: 9-3/16″ (w) x 4-3/8″ (h)
    2 for Sides: Cut to size: 13″ (w) x 4-3/8″ (h)
    Optional: Wood Divider: Cut to size: 8-1/4″ (w) x 5″ (h)

    1/4″ plywood for bottom – Cut to size: 8-1/4″ (w) x 13″ (l) *If using one wine crate, no need for plywood – you can use bottom of wine crate.
    Clear acetate – saved from packaging or you can buy a few sheets at your local copy shop.
    Wood glue
    5/8″ long carpet tacks
    100 grit sandpaper
    Drill and thin drill bit
    For recipe cards and dividers:

    Time needed: 2 hours.
    How to Make a DIY Recipe Box Using a Wine Crate
    Take Wine Crate Apart
    If you are using an intact wine crate, you will need to take it apart. Use a small pry bar to carefully take it apart. If you are using wine crate front panels to make a box – proceed to next step.

    Cut Each Panel To Size
    I used 4 wine crate panel fronts and cut them down to fit the width of 5″ x 8″ index cards. When the box is assembled it is 4-4/8″ high.I cut a piece of clear acetate to make a template. This makes it easy to see the logo as you center the template over it when marking each for the size. The sizes are listed in supplies list above.

    Find Center of Each Wine Crate Panel
    Lay clear template over logo, find center and lightly trace around it using a pencil. Repeat for each panel. Using a table saw or jigsaw, cut each out.Note: Front and back panels will be shorter. The side panels will be longer so choose longer winery logos for the sides so you won’t have to cut as much of them off.

    Cut Plywood For Bottom
    Since I used wine crate front panels to make my box, I needed a piece of plywood for the bottom of my box. If you are using a full wine crate, use the bottom of the crate for the bottom, no plywood needed.Use a straight edge to mark the plywood to 8-1/4″ (w) x 13″ (l). Cut on lines.Sand edges smooth.

    Glue Pieces Together
    Lay wine panels and bottom of box on worktable. Apply wood glue to attach the front, back and sides to the bottom. Let dry.Note: You want to make sure to glue the front, back and sides of the box to the side of the bottom. This is important as the inside bottom of the box needs to stay a little wider than 8″ to hold the index cards.

    Drill Holes for Tacks
    Use a small drill bit to make a tiny hole to hammer nails in. Drilling a hole will help keep the nails from splitting the wood.

    Hammer in Tacks
    Hammer in a nail/tack into each drilled hole.

    Add Nails
    Once the glue is dry, reinforce the assembly of the box using rug tacks or very flat head nails that resemble wine box nails. I placed two nails on each side of the box

    Optional: Make a Movable Wood Divider
    I made my recipe card box longer than I needed, not only for when my recipe card collection grows, but also to divide it into two sections. This give me a place to put magazine recipe clippings and recipes I printed out from blogs into the back that I want to try out. If we like them, then they will get a recipe card. If not, the clipping or printable goes into recycling.I used a 5th wine crate front to make this wood divider. I cut it to be very snug inside the box. This way I can move it when needed, but it is snug enough to keep the cards in the front of the box from falling down inside the box.

    Close Up of Divider

    Fill the Box With Recipe Cards
    I made my recipe cards using 5 x 8 index cards and followed the same recipe box organizing I shared in this post: Recipe Box ReDuxI used super thick plain white index cards and stick on insertable tabs to make the category dividers.I printed out the category names using MS Word and the font Century Schoolbook.

    How to Make a Stay-Clean Recipe Card Cover

    I am sure you are familiar with the acrylic cookbook stands that you place an open cookbook in so that you can see your cookbooks through it so it won’t get splattered as you prep and cook.
    I made something similar on a much smaller scale for my recipe cards.

    It is stored right in the recipe box where I can easily grab it when I remove a card to make a recipe.

    To make it I used a thick piece of acetate. I save acetate from packaging to use to cover drawer labels, make clear templates as I did to make sure I cut the winery logos so they were centered.

    I cut the acetate to 8″ wide x 6-1/2″ tall. I then scored a line 1-1/2″ down from the top using the tip of a pair if scissors. Scoring is not cutting, but making a groove in the acetate that you can then fold.
    When the cover sits on the counter, it is raised up a bit and the recipe card slides right in.
    Where to Find Wine Crates for Creative DIY Decor

    Wood wine crates, wine boxes or crate front panels to repurpose can be found:
    At thrift stores and yard sales. Many times they may be holding smaller items for sale so don’t overlook them.
    On Ebay and Etsy. Check the shipping price though, many of the listings are from the UK and shipping is way too much.
    Ask at your local liquor store. They may give them to you or charge a nominal fee.
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