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DIY Your Own Paper Organizer
I needed a storage solution for my scrapbook paper. I found this how-to over on Jennifer’s site and liked the idea. I didn’t need one as tall as hers, so I looked around online and found the perfect 2 cube organizer at Target.
I asked Superman if he could help me make a paper organizer out of it. He was happy to help.
The box just sat there for a few days before I finally put the organizer together. I just followed the simple instructions that came with it. The first thing Superman did was disassemble it to make it easier to create the shelves. haha
I love how it came out!! Superman went above and beyond!
- Cut dowels into 3 equal lengths. They’ll almost be 12 inches.
- Cut hardboard into 3 strips lengthwise. Each strip will be 96″ long x 14 1/2″ wide.
- Cut each strip by 13 7/16″. You’ll end up with a shelf that is 14 1/2″ x 13 7/16″. We were able to get 20 shelves out of one piece of hardboard.
- Measure out the placement of each set of dowels.
- Using your brad nailer, nail the dowel to the inside of the shelf. We were able to install 9 sets per cube, not including the bottom shelf of the organizer itself.
- Just slide in the shelves. If they are frayed from the saw, you can use a lighter or torch to burn the edges.
- We used the scraps to make a backing on the organizer so that the shelves and/or paper don’t fall out the back.
The first thing Superman said when he was finished was, “Next time, make my life easier and just tell me what you want so I can make it from scratch.” He didn’t like the idea that I bought the organizer from Target and expected him to work around those measurements. Now I know.
While cutting the strips of the hardboard, Superman wrote down the wrong measurement and cut each strip about 1/4″ too big. Ultimately, he had to go back and cut each individual shelve again. Boo.
The ultimate blooper is not measuring how high I needed the organizer to be to fit under my counter. I was so focused on making sure the inside of each cube was at least 12″ wide to fit my paper, that I didn’t pay attention to the actual overall height. Turns out it’s about 2 inches too tall to fit under my counter. So, it will have to take up room next to my desk/counter space. Right now it’s right by the door. I don’t think it will stay there. Those corners are sharp! I guarantee I’ll be running into one of them.