- Arts and Design
DIY Back to School Project - Upcycled Spinning Office Caddy - A Crafting Demo with Napkins and Cans
Can you believe it's already time to go back to school?
Summer has literally flown by. It's almost over. Parents and students across the land scramble to get supplies at the ready for the first day of class. While it should be a fun occasion gearing up for a great school year, it can get really stressful and ridiculously expensive.Follow the tutorial below to see how to make your own spinning office caddy. Personally, I'm going to use this one to store art supplies such as paintbrushes, markers, colored pencils and such for use at home. Being a former teacher, I know just how useful such items can be for students, teachers and parents.Let's face it, with the price of college tuition and books, it's a not so minor miracle that college students can afford to eat or that parents can feed and cloth those in high school. While public education is supposed to be "free and appropriate for all", if you are a parent or student, you know that in reality there is a whole lot of hidden expenses in that "free."Image credits; Vix. All images are my own pictures taken during the making of the project on 8/14/13 and 8/15/13.
School can be a challenge in many ways.
Some of it doesn't have to be.
Below you will find a detailed picture demonstration showing construction of the spinning office caddy seen in the introductory photograph. I got to thinking about what college was like for me the first time around.I've done college once and the universities twice. I can honestly say it just gets more expensive each time. The first time around was the hardest for me. I have found a large component of success is good organization.There are some things that are needed for organization such as supply caddies, pencil holders, binders, charging stations, drop boxes for keys, flash drives and ID's and such that just make things go smoother.
My goal is to show you how to make useful items for free, or really close to it.
Look for a series of lenses posted over the next week or so showing how to make all of the items listed above for less than five dollars, guaranteed. For now, let's scope on the office caddy. It's perfect for holding all those supplies for making posters, maps, presentations, banners and the like.Total cost for this project for me was nadda, zero, zilch. I had all the materials. I did have to get one tool, a one hole punch. I don't count that in the cost because I will use it over and over and was replacing the one I seem to have misplaced. After the galleries, substitution lists for the supplies are included.I suspect my kitty, Sammie has appropriated the "misplaced" hole punch. She has "appropriated" many items over the last few weeks :). That's her, as I was working on this, caught red pawed "appropriating" my keys, again.But, I digress. It's time to get to the goodies. I bet you have most, if not all of the materials, too. Let's check it out.
How to assemble a DIY spinning office caddy from cans and napkinsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Putting it all togetherClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ready made or hand made?
Would you color your own patterns, or prefer using a pre-printed pattern?
Free, found or dirt cheap alternatives to paper napkins for this project:
The goal of upcycling is not just giving things a new life, but also learning to use exactly what you have on hand at the moment. Such thinking will serve you well while saving you time, gas and money.Alternatives: Duct tape, bandannas, comic book pages, old calendar pages, gift paper, newspaper
Alternatives to brads and beads:
For brads: Dowel rods, popsickle sticks, pipe cleaners, zip ties, twist ties, stiff tubing, barrel connectors.For beads: Pebbles, glass, tile, wrapped ribbon, pom poms, blocks, puzzle pieces.