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July 22, 2019

” A Beautiful Way to Organize Your Space” by Theresa L Begin

Have you ever created something for yourself around your house that you think nothing of, only to hear all of your friends and family exclaim how much they love it?

They declare that they never would have thought to do something that clever and creative!

This is one of those kinds of projects. It came about after finding one more of those big old plastic mugs that some company gave to me for free, with their logo on the side. I’m sure you have one or two of them in your house!

It is insulated and is perfect for toting your coffee back and forth in your car. But if you don’t need a big plastic mug in your car, it inevitably ends up as a pen or pencil holder on your desk or kitchen counter.

And if for some reason you don’t have a bunch of pens and pencils in that big old plastic mug, then you probably have a tray or a drawer that is full of broken crayons, pencils, and pens that no longer work. That is the kind of thing I’m talking about! It’s enough to make me crazy!

So, when I got my new desk and pretty ruffled curtains, I was determined that I simply was not going to let that ugly pen mug sit on my beautiful new desk.

And that was the beginning of my journey to elegant-styled organization in my home. First, I threw out that old plastic mug and set out to make myself a cuter, more elegant option for my desk where I spend numerous hours. Let’s face it, if you’re at your desk for many hours, ugly things will not inspire you!

I usually would not bother showing you the brand of can that I used, but it just so happens that this can is not only the perfect height but also has a white coating on the inside of the can to protect from rust. This also minimizes the sound of placing something in a tin can. Perfect for this project!

With this perfect size and shape can, it is easy to turn it into a beautiful and elegant desk accessory. If you have some pretty scrapbook paper in your stash, that is just what you need. If not, what a wonderful excuse to pop over to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby!

If you would like to make your very own elegant desk accessory, all you need is a can, some pretty scrapbook paper, scissors, and tape or a glue gun. Let’s make it!

 Step 1 ~ Clean the can and remove the label.

Step 2~Grab your paper, scissors, glue gun or tape and have a seat.

Step 3~Cut your paper to overlap by about an inch when rolling the paper around it.

Step 4~Turn under the excess, neatly. This will be your beautiful seam that sits in the back!

Step 5~ Glue gun or double-stick tape the folded over section, so your can is beautifully covered with your favorite paper.
 Final step ~ Make 3 or 4 cuts in your excess paper at the top of the can (I usually leave about an inch and a half) then fold it down inside, giving a nice finished, and not dangerous, top to it.
If you would like to make a few of these beautiful paper flowers to display in one of your elegant DIY desk vases, check out the tutorial HERE at Shoestring Elegance 
Now it’s time to pull out all of those pens and pencils and sort them so that you have a few that actually work the next time you need one. Your pretty desk accessory will bring a bit of joy to you every time you sit down to work.  Have fun!


Originally appeared in the JANUARY 2018 Issue of Ruby (below)
Theresa Begin JANUARY 2018
Theresa Begin lives in Northern California, where she was born and raised. She is a Christian who loves her family and says, “I have been blessed with the world’s best parents!” She has three sisters and one brother, as well as 16 beautiful nieces and nephews who “mean the world to me!” She is “differently-abled,” and chooses not to allow her limitations to define her life. She loves to write and share her various projects on her blog, “Shoestring Elegance,” which came about as she discovered that living on a tight budget did not mean compromising on style. “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 NLT

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