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Embracing Simplicity: DIY No-Sew Mail Organizer

by DIY Maven

 

DIY Mail Organizer Feature Image
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I'm happy to report that my office makeover is proceeding nicely. The big stuff--desk, bridge arrangement, seating, even the craft cubby is nearly complete. The only things that remain on the bullet list is artwork, light fixture, and mail organizer. In today's installment of Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, we're going to tackle the last on that list. 

 

I'm sure you've seen your fair share of DIY mail organizer tutorials. Me too. Which is why I wanted to construct this one differently. First, I decided to use an inexpensive canvas for the structure. The fabric, which would be used for the individual pockets, needed to be different too, so I decided to stencil it. Finally, I decided that even though there would be cloth involved, this project would require NO SEWING. (Yay for no sewing.) Even with the stenciling, this project was quick to make and the results hold all those things that used to clutter my desk, which include not only bills but flyers and invites and receipts too. (Oh, my.) Now let's get started. 

Materials

  • 12” x 24” canvas (I found mine for 2 for $6 at my local craft store)
  • Paint and brush for canvas
  • 1/2 yard white medium weight denim
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • ruler
  • hot glue and gun
  • stencil, stencil spouncer and masking tape (I used this stencil)
  • craft paint and fabric medium
  • paper plate
materials for DIY mail orgainizer
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Step

painting canvas
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Start by applying one to two coats of paint onto the front of the canvas. I chose to use the same paint color as I used on my new office furniture.

Step

 

ironing hems of fabric
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Next, cut the fabric into 3 rectangles measuring 9” x 18”. Fold up each of the long sides 1/2”. Press well. Fold them up 1/2” again to fashion a. Press well. Fix each hem in place with a steady line of hot glue. 

Step

 

centering stencil onto fabric
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Position the stencil at the center of one of the rectangles, keeping it in place with masking tape.

Why am I using this BIG stencil on my mail organizer? Because I used it elsewhere in the room. Namely, on my new office chair. Keep reading for a sneak peek.

Step

 

stenciling the fabric
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Mix the craft paint with the fabric medium according to the instructions on the medium’s bottle. (Usually it’s 2 parts paint to 1 part fabric medium.) I like to mix them in a paper plate, which I then use as a palette. It makes clean-up easy too. Using the stencil spouncer, pounce the paint & medium mixture to the open areas of the stencil.

 

 

centering the fabric pieces on the canvas
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When all the painted surfaces are dry, position the stenciled fabric rectangles on the right side of the canvas, centering the images down the front.

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gluing the bottom hem of the fabric to the canvas
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Glue the bottom edge of each of the rectangles to the canvas, using steady lines of hot glue for each. 

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gluing the sides of the fabric to the sides of the canvas
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Next, glue the short sides of the rectangles to the sides of the canvas, making sure to angle the fabric up slightly so the front of the fabric pooches a little.

ironing the sides of the fabric
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If after you’ve glued your fabric and notice that it isn’t pooching enough (or pooching unevenly) to accommodate your mail and such, apply a warm iron to the edge of the canvas, and adjust the fabric as necessary. (You can do this multiple times if you need to. I needed to.)

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gluing the fabric to the back of the canvas
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Now, hot glue the short sides of the fabric rectangles to the back of the canvas

Step

cut off the excess fabric on the back of the canvas
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Trim off the excess fabric from the back of the canvas.

 

Step

attach a Command Picture Hanger on the bottom of the mail organizer
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Whichever way you decide to hang your mail organizer, it is HIGHLY recommended that you anchor it to the wall with a Command Picture Hanging Strip place at the bottom of the canvas. This will enable you to toss in your mail, flyers and receipts without the organizer going all wonky on the wall or, for that matter, falling off the wall. 

Here's a picture of the finished product:

Pinterest image of no-sew mail organizer
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Finished no-sew mail organizer
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Now let’s get back to that stencil. I used it in another place in the office: on my new chair. Here’s a sneak peek:

stencilled chair
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Come back next week for an all-new "Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover" how-to, and don't forget to check out the first post in this series.

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How To: Make Pom-Pom Embellished Pillows

by DIY Maven

 

Pom-pom pillows supplies
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

This is one of those head-smackers...as in "why didn't I think of that!" Rachel actually made the pillows she used for this project, but the same technique could be used to make plain store-bought pillows (or the ones now sitting on your sofa or stashed in your linen closet) into one-of-a-kind bursts of pure happiness. Take

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Make It: No Sew Roman Shades

by Lexy Ward
diy faux roman shades
Photo: One O

I'll be the first to admit that making roman shades as not been my forte. My last two attempts were nothing short of disastrous. The shades looked great when completely let down. And that's all they did, because I was so confused when sewing them that I did things wrong and they never pulled up correctly! I think I might go the "no-sew" route and try this faux version!

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10+ Easy and DIYable Closet Door Ideas

by DIY Maven

Closet door ideas

Bi-fold, sliding, swing. No, they're not classes of ballroom dances; they're  closet door types. Whatever kind of closet doors you have, or whatever you call them, we have a makeover for them. Read on for our favorite closet door ideas, be inspired and go from slab to fab in no time.  

bi-fold closet door - before makeover

1. When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn't able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.

The trick? She used super low-cost canvas stretcher bars from the art supply store (30¢ a foot) and attached them with 3M adhesive strips ($3.99). Since the stretcher bars already come with mitered corners, building the frames is super simple, with no tools or sawdust required. Click here to read more about the project.

DIY closet door improvement idea

2. Some tape and a couple of cans of spray glass frost might be the perfect way to redo mirrored closet doors. (For more ideas, visit this page.)

spray frosted closet doors

3. Susan used damask wallpaper to give her closet doors a serious punch of color. Click here to see the 'before'.

4. Speaking of wallpaper, these sliding doors were made over using wallpaper that looked like bead board and some framing strips. Click here to read more about the project and to see a 'before'.

sliding closet doors

5. This is one of the most creative closet door ideas. The Pin Junkie ended up using fusible web and spray adhesive--to adhere fabric to her sliding closet doors--because she ran out of the fusible web after doing the first door, onto which she IRONED ON the fabric. Click here to read how to do it yourself. 

6. This next makeover, although subtle, is just enough to make a BIG difference. Kara was not diggin' her brass-trimmed sliding doors, so a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint was utilized to take care of the situation. Click here to read about the entire process and to see a 'before' pic.

 

7. You might not have considered painting sliding doors with chalkboard paint, but after looking at this installation, you just might want to do it yourself. Click here to read more about the project and to see a 'before'.

8. Nobody said you have to go crazy to give your closets doors new life. Sometimes, just a coat of paint will do! This project comes to us from Manhattan Nest.

9. Abby used casing to give her bi-fold doors a fabulous makeover. Read more here.

10. Our final idea isn't the easiest project, but it certainly is one of the most unique. Look carefully and you'll see that this trompe l'oeil is actually camouflaging (I believe) four sets of bi-fold doors. Click here to see more unique ideas.

created at: 02/18/2013

 

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Cuteness Overload: Ikea Rocking Moose Hack

by DIY Maven
Ikea Ekorre Before
Photo: Ikea

I agree with Sarah, the genius behind this Ikea rocking moose (aka Ekorre $39.99) hack: it's pretty cute as is. However, the red red coat just wasn't working with Sarah's decor. So...she decided to change its species and turn Ekorre into a rocking SHEEP. As you can imagine, changing species called for some cosmetic surgery. First came rhinoplasty, as said moose's schnauz wasn't right at all. A nip and tuck and he soon had a...

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Roundup: 10 Handmade Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

by DIY Maven

Roundup Handmade Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

We covered the guys last week. Today we're turning our attention to the ladies. Although, I'm guessing there are a lot of guys out there that would love some of the things on this list as much as some of the ladies out there would love some of the things on the guys' list--okay, maybe not the beard oil, but I digress. So, read on and make your must-make list, because Valentine's Day is going to be here before you know it. 

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