I've been trying to keep my craft supplies organized so I bought tool boxes few weeks ago. But I found it a bit difficult because every time I need something I had to open a box, search for it, then forget to keep the box in place and at the end nothing is organized. I know it's difficult to keep things in places when you're a craft addict!
But then I thought of making this organizer. Using square boxes seemed boring hence the triangle baskets ( I'm obsessed with triangles!). The organizer includes 3 different sizes of baskets and it can be hanged near your craft table or space and you don't to stumble for finding the supplies.
This instructable will show how to make a fun yet useful organizer in few easy steps.
Step 1: Materials Needed
To make This organizer you will need:
- Ruler and pencil,
- X-acto knife,
- Hot glue gun,
- Acrylic paint and paint brush,
Step 2: Template
The template I used to make the triangle baskets is super simple. It includes only 3 equilateral triangles. You can print the template according to the required size or simply do free hand drawing on the cardboard with the help of ruler and pencil.
Step 3: Measuring and Preparing the Base
My craft place is quite small so didn't have much space for the organizer, only 2 feet beside my table. I wanted to use all the space there was (on the wall) for the width of the organizers' base. The length of the cardboard was 3 feet so didn't have much choice for the length.
Step 4: Drawing and Cutting Pattern for Basket
The strip of cardboard from the side of the base was handy for making the small baskets.
I simply drew equilateral triangles on a row and then used an x-acto knife to cut out 3 equilateral triangles together according to the template.
Step 5: Making the Triangle Baskets
The triangle in the middle will be the front side of the basket and the triangles on the sides will be both sides and back of the basket.
Draw median of the triangles on the sides as shown in the picture.
Now use the back side of the x-acto knife to make half cuts along the traced lines.
Fold the cardboard piece along the half cut lines,
Join the outer edges of the triangles on sides to complete the basket.
Use duct tape to hold the triangles on the back temporarily.
Make enough to fill the width of the base, I had to make 4 small baskets.
Step 6: Arranging and Making More Baskets
Place the small baskets on the base and use a pencil to mark the areas where you want to place them.
In a piece of cardboard draw a bigger template.
I used my glue tube to measure how big I wanted the next baskets to be and then drew the template.
Make as many baskets as needed.
When you're done making the baskets apply a coat or 2 of acrylic paint to color the baskets.
Step 7: Gluing the Baskets
Now that all the triangle baskets are ready you can simply glue them on the base with hot glue.
I glued 4 small baskets on the top and the bottom. 3 medium and 2 big baskets in the middle.
Step 8: Attaching Hanging Mechanism
Since we've attached lots of baskets it is obvious that the organizer will be carrying a lot of weight. So, cut a strip of cardboard (1.5 inch width and length should be same as the base's width). Glue the strip along the top edge of the base.
Use wire to make the hanging mechanism. Simply mark the areas, make hole and attach the wires.
Done! It turned out quite well and most importantly, I can finally keep my craft tools organize near hand.