Monday, July 22, 2013

DIY Yardstick Box


 
A few months ago there was a yard sale at the Hutslar house. My parents gave me some stuff to throw in the sale, but when I saw several bright red yardsticks in a pile of their "junk" I immediately snagged them for myself. They were beautiful to me and I knew I could give them new life. 
 
Lately, I've been attempting to brighten up my work space / craft room so I knew I wanted to use them in that space, but wasn't exactly sure how to incorporate them. I actually brought them up from the basement and stared at them for a few minutes just trying to decide what they would be. I realize that is a little cray-cray... welcome to the world of a DIY-er! Eventually (as usual) the light bulb above my head switched from off to on. As a crafter I can never find enough cute ways to organize and display my pretty supplies. I needed to make a cute little box out of these yardsticks! And so it was born...


I am a little smitten with the finished product as you can probably tell by the gazillion pictures I'm sharing! And it was pretty simple to make which I always love! I used a piece of thin board to make the bottom of the box. I used the same piece of board to make the compartment dividers. I had my hubby use his handy-dandy saber saw to cut the pieces of wood. After the wood was cut, I spray painted the pieces to match the yardstick. If you are using a regular wooden yardstick or ruler you could just stain both the wood and yardstick to make them match. Lastly, I used an electric staple gun to assemble the box. I tried using wood glue, but it turned into a total disaster. It was probably an issue with the assembler and not the wood glue, but I just found the staple gun to be 10x faster and easier. I was able to wedge my divider pieces into place and got them to stay in their spots without using the staple gun. To make the staples less obvious I colored over them with a red marker that matched the ruler. And that's it! 
 
PS - I love this yardstick box in my craft room, but it would also make the perfect gift for a teacher or child going back to school! How would you use it?

Hannah

41 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Carissa! So glad to have you as a new follower here!

      Hannah

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  2. Saw this on Roadkill Rescue...so clever!!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Lovely Little Life, Christy! So glad you like the Yardstick Box project!

      Hannah

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  3. This is so, so adorable! I love finding new ways, cute, clever ways to organize things. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you, Brooke! I know... I'm kind of obsessed with organizing and when it's cute I love it even more! Thank you for visiting!

      Hannah

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  4. So darn cute. I never get tired of yard stick projects, and this one is over the top wonderful. Visiting from Roadkill Rescue. -K

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  5. oh i like it! i just sold one at a little shoppe I put some goodies in for sale - now I'm kicking myself for not keeping it! :)

    ♥ http://www.northerncottage.net

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I'm so glad you like it! :)\

      Hannah

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  6. This is amazing. I love everything about it. Now I need to find some yard sticks or rulers of my own so I can make drawer organizers in my craft room! Thanks for the inspiration. And BTW, I have also sat and stared at craft supplies trying to dwell up inspiration.

    I'd love if you shared this at our link up party this week!
    http://www.sowderingabout.com/2013/07/on-display-monday-11.html

    PS, I am following you on instagram now!

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    1. Thank you for visiting! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only person who does that when I'm trying to think up a craft idea! LOL!

      Hannah

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  7. I never would have thought of that. That is really, really cute and useful.

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  8. This is SO cute!! I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for yardsticks at the next garage sale! Saw on The Princess and her cowboy! Following on google and g+ and I will be g+ing this project. I'd love for you to visit back at Gina's Craft Corner. If you like what you see I'd love a follow back! :)
    Gina (http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thank you, Gina! So glad you like it and thank you for the Google share!!

      Hannah

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  9. Wow! So pretty AND functional. I'm sold!

    If you like to link up at link parties, I'd love to have you at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/07/show-tell-36.html

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  10. Thanks for linking up to our On Display Monday party! I just posted your picture on Facebook! Have a good one!

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  11. So fun! I love yardstick projects. I'm covering a pitifully damaged buffet top with yardsticks now. Hope my project turns out as well as yours did.

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    1. Wow! That sounds like a cool project! Thank you for visiting Lovely Little Life!

      Hannah

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  12. It's super cute. I love how it turned out. It's awesome all that we can do with some "Junk" right??? I NEED one of those LOL. I would like to invite you to join my Link Party on Sundays {and the Pin Hop on Thursdays if you like this kind of linkys} so if you are up to just stop by any moment!!!

    Hope you are having a great weekend

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila
    Sunday Bewitch Me & Titi {Link Party}
    Thursday Titi's Spot for the Silly HOP

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  13. Fabulous and looks so cute too. I've featured this as a Craftastic Pick. Stop by and grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

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  14. Thanks for linking up at my party, On Display Monday! You are my feature this week! Congrats! I absolutely feel in love with this little box!
    Have a happy week!
    Brianna @ Craft and Repeat

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    1. Thank you for the feature, Briana!!

      Hannah

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    1. Thank you for hosting the party!

      Hannah

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  16. Neat idea. I would have never thought to use a ruler like that. It turned out really well!

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  17. What a great idea....I love storage that is not only functional, but also great to look at too! And the red yardstick is really eyecatching!
    Jamie | andersonandgrant.blogspot.com

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