Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY Textured Supply Organization Jars: Upcycled Rope Jar Desk Organizer Set


What did you do on the weekend nights during your twenty first year? Drink? Party? Me, I would visit World Market with my then-boyfriend, fill-up on their tea and coffee samples in the rear (scandal), play with the toys, exit inspired and head to our next destination...wait for it...Books-a-Million to read the comic, art, and science books for hours. We were rebels- we had a system. Bitches. These jars remind me of the impulse-buys I lusted over, but never bought, from World Market. But free! Here's how to make 'em:


All you need is 1) Hemp Twine (I like it for the earthy, "classy", textured finish), yarn (colorful and kitsch) or even shredded fabric twisted into "rope". I liked mine plain for now but there's colorful hemp twine, too.  2) E6000 Craft Adhesive (at every craft store and WalMart, very inexpensive and long-lasting, and a crafter must-have) 3) Upcycled jars. I saved mine from pasta sauce and pickled veggies.


Take off your labels if desired, not required since you'll be covering the whole jar with your rope of choice. Apply your glue to the rim of your jar to keep it secure as an anchor, from there you won't need more glue, just keep twisting it around your jar...


Be patient and try not to let the rope overlap (or the glass show) to keep it classy glassy. You can shoot me for that one. You could even do layers of colorful hemp twine for stripes or rainbow affects. Texturally it also may be interesting to leave the smooth bottom of the glass jar unwrapped to juxtapose the rough twine.


When you reach the bottom it can be a little tricky to keep wrapping it around, especially if there's a curve like this glass has. Finish it up by applying more glue at the bottom, twisting to the end, then cutting the rope.


I'm about to make a huge wall-of-shelves for my dream office. I've always wanted a huge open-shelving solution with all of my art supplies beautifully displayed and ready-to-use and I'm almost there!


I shall be making many more of these jars for storing my varieties of markets, paint brushed, colored pencils, and other crafting goodness! They'll be so sexy on those shelves, they look a tad mid century to my eyes somehow and are nice and simple to juxtapose my colorful art and toy collections. 21-year-old me would be proud. (These would be great in the bathroom hosting make-up brushes and supplies, too. Or in the kitchen holding utensils and tools. I'll be making lots of these.)

How do you organize your craft supplies? I'm clearly excited for my upcoming open-storage solution. Time to whip out the tape measure and get planning...
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20 comments:

  1. Those are pretty rad. I would have to hodge podge or ad a glaze or something. They totally match your style. No craft supplies here (don't craft) & I have no organization skills whatsoever.

    BTW, I have gotten a lamp today, which I probably wouldn't have given a second look if it wasn't for your iconic lamp! I'll post on Thriftasaurus! & I ventured oddly enough to a part of the store that day that I never do.

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    1. It's not your lamp, but it inspired my purchase.

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    2. I've down some storage jars/votives with tissue paper mod-podged inside, they were super pretty. I like how these ones are simple and a tad "upscale" or MCM. I like simple pieces to juxtapose my colorful art, toy, and accessory collections.

      Can't wait to check out your lamp! If the Thrift Core lamp ever breaks many will morn ;) I wish I had the skills and supplies to mass produce 'em, I'd be rich.

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  2. Very neat! I use some 70s stoneware mugs for markers, pens, scissors, etc.

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    1. I love me some 70s stoneware mugs! I did the same before, sold the mugs though and had to move on ;D

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  3. Fantastic! Recycling at its finest and coolest! x

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    1. Thanks! Can't wait to get making more of 'em and getting my shelving up!

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  4. If I were you, I'd dip-dye some of these! I bet they'd come out awesome!

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    1. That would be awesome. When I get sick of that color (perhaps inevitable? so fickle) that'll be a fun way to switch it up. For now I like the earthy brown to juxtapose the colorful art and accessories they'll be paired with.

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  5. They look great next to that lamp in your top photo. BTW, I love the little robot and/or Godzilla in your photos. I bought a T-Rex skeleton (supposed to be radio controlled) for a dollar at an estate sale. I was going to sell it,but because of you, I decided to keep it. He has way too much personality. :-)

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    1. I love how I'm influencing so much robot and dino love around the world, mwahaha. The T-Rex skeleton sounds incredible!!

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  6. Very cool! I like the textured aspect. I'd probably want them colourful, though. I'd have to make the kids color the twine for me somehow first.

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    1. I fully understand the lust for color, these would be awesome done up with colored twine (available at craft stores), yarn, and "Fabric rope". Or home-dyed hemp twine :D

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  7. these look great and really easy! and they do have a certain mid mod look too. very nifty :)

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    1. I thought so too, not sure why though, maybe it's the simplicity. Thanks Aniko!

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  8. So simple and easy! Perfect for a rustic decor theme. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. No prob, definitely very rustic with the rope. :D

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