Don’t you just love when you can get the luxe for less? I’m all for splurging on certain things, but other times it is fun to do a little DIY and save my dollars for more important purchases…like the new living room chairs I keep dreaming about.
My fave dollar store is Dollar Tree, and I headed there a week or so ago for this project series hosted by This Is Our Bliss. I went in with the mentality that I had to make something I truly needed and not just something to post about. I’ve been annoyed at my lack of small stuff storage in my office and in my bathroom. You know, the kind where you want to store some paper clips, cotton balls, q-tips, bandaids, etc.
I found some acrylic/plastic/lucite containers that were perfect for the small stuff. And though they’re perfectly fine as is, I wanted to fix my main issue with this type of storage…the lids! Given they only cost a whole dollar, the lids seemingly always crack from repeated daily use. So I wandered the aisles, and came upon some cute Command Hooks that look like little crystal knobs. And at home I knew I had some (affiliate links) gold mylar tape and gold washi tape, so I was set. I paid my $4 plus tax for my two acrylic boxes and two knobs and was on my way home.
If you don’t have gold foil tape at home, Dollar Tree did have some metallic/glittery type tape in their crafts section.
This project is so easy, and besides office or bathroom storage, this would be darling in a little girls room for her jewelry, or on a nightstand or vanity area. Lots of options!
Here are the supplies needed:
- Acrylic storage/organization boxes
- Command Hook Crystal Knobs with clear mounting strip (if you can’t find these at Dollar Tree, they do sell the adhesive crystal knobs here for cheap)
- Gold mylar tape or gold washi tape
- Optional: clear plastic bumpers to place on bottom corners to protect your counters/surfaces from scratches
1.) Start by carefully removing the plastic from the acrylic storage/organizer container. Place the clear bumpers, if you’re using them, under each corner to protect your surfaces and counters.
2.) Remove the lid and do a dry fit of where you want the crystal knob to go. Once you’re ready for permanent placement, cut the semi-circle end of the clear command strip that would be used to pull it off the wall (you don’t need it nor want it to show).
3.) Then mount the strip onto the knob and put the knob on the lid.
4.) Using your gold tape, place a continous strip around the bottom part of the container or organizer. I used some really thin mylar tape because I wanted the three stripes to look “real”. If the tape goes on crooked, gently peel it back and try again. Pick one side to be the “back” and have all the seams start and end on that side. You can do as many, or as few, stripes as you’d like. I did three and tried to space them equidistant.
5.) Place the lid back on and marvel at your glamorous organization and storage creation.
The simplicity of the design doesn’t scream “dollar store”, and given that it’s mostly clear, it blends into any space.
And you can’t beat the function. I love having these little compartments to work with.
Or one larger one for odd shaped items.
Ultimately, these beauties will likely end up near my sink in the master bathroom. You’ll get to see a lot more of that space in March when I finally dedicate some time to adding some personality to it.
There’s plenty more inspiration to be had for just a few dollars by clicking over to the other organization projects linked below! Another trip to Dollar Tree may be in order soon!