Frugal Personalized Organizer {DIY Project}

Today, I’m sharing a thrifty personalized organizer that can be customized for a home office,  a bathroom vanity, a jewelry organizer and more!

Cute, right?  It only cost about $5!

Thrifty Personalized Organizer

Supplies Needed:

  • small ceramic or metal tray {1.00 at the thrift store}
  • 3 drinking glasses  {1.00 each at the thrift store}
  • scrapbook paper
  • scrap ribbon
  • modpodge and brush
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • ruler

Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit on the bottom of the tray.  Brush ModPodge on the back and stick it down.  If you create an organizer to be used in a bathroom or kitchen be sure to seal the paper with a heavy top coat of ModPodge.

Print out words to use as labels.   Cut them out with decorative scissors.

Glue the word labels to scrapbook paper and then cut them out.

Cut ribbon to go around each glass.

Using the adhesive of your choice {glue stick, tacky glue, spray adhesive}, glue the ribbon in place. Then glue the labels on.


A more expensive, permanent variation for the labels would be to use chalkboard paint.  Wouldn’t that be fab?!

I love getting organized, don’t you? My craft supplies are calling my name! :)

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  1. CarolH says

    Looks great. I’m already thinking of all the variations I can come up with so I can use 6 glasses. Thanks!!

  2. says

    Love this! And I don’t know if you’ve had the chance to play around with chalkboard paint (I’m more than a little obsessed), but it’s only about $6-$7 for a pretty large sized can of it that lasts a very long time. Not expensive at all! :)
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    • Julie says


      I bought picture frames and used chalkboard paint on the glass to create a great gift. I have trouble getting the paint smooth though so writing on it is a little bumpy. I’m not sure if it’s because of the glass surface or a temperature issue. Any suggestions?

      • says

        @Julie, Hmm… When I use chalkboard paint, I always use a foam roller and sand the surface first. I’m not sure that the sanding actually does anything, but I was advised not to skip the sanding step, so I do it anyway. Our hallway chalkboard allows for easy writing and erasing.
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