Thursday, March 19, 2015

DIY Watch Organizer

My very own watch organizer in lovely colors.
I'm into organizing stuff lately. In between craft projects and taking care of Jordana, I've been boxing up old clothes, clearing up drawers and putting in boxes to make partitions in them for small things. I started with my baby's clothes and other stuff. Now, on to my vanity table, starting with my watches. I already have this multiple watch case that I bought from a department store a few years ago but it's now already full. I have a new watch that my mom sent me that is all alone and lonely. It's not really a big deal but I love doing craft projects anyway, might as well make an organizer where I can put this lonely watch, and if ever I get to buy more watches, they can just join in.



This is the case I bought before for maybe Php 1300 - Php 1500 (roughly 30$), now, looking at that price, all I can think of is I can already buy my baby's formula with that amount. Yes, a lot of things have changed now that I'm a mom. So for me to have one like that, or at least something that will serve the same purpose, I gotta make it myself. 

I decided that I want the same number of compartments for my box so I looked for a box close to the size of that case. Good thing I still have one of my shoe boxes left, I don't usually keep them because their small for storage purposes, but my husband's shoe boxes are big and those I always keep because they're really useful. Okay, so I measured the height of the case, it's about 3 inches, including the 1 inch lid, and I based my project from that.

To make this project, you will need:

Scissors / cutter
Ruler
Pencil (for marking)
Glue or paste, hot glue
Shoe box (or any box of your choice)
Scrapbook paper (or any wrapping paper you have, fabric is also recommended)
Ribbon
Fabric
Stuffing (can be fiberfill, foam, or even sponge)



This is the box I have, the height is about 4 inches. I measured and marked 2 inches for the base and 1 inch for the lid. I'm making a new lid because I don't want it to overlap or cover part of the base, I want it to have the same length and width as the base so it would be exactly on top of it when closed just like the case I'm trying to make a version of.




I cut the box with a cutter, first the base and then the 1 inch part for the lid. I forgot to take a picture of that one, anyway, it's just the same process. To make the lid, I remove the four sides of the original lid to make it the same length and width as the base, as shown below:



Then I replaced those four sides with the 1 inch part I cut earlier by gluing them on top of what's left of the lid. I used hot glue on this because it dries faster. 




I then covered it with this glossy wrapping paper (you can also use fabric on this or whatever you have available) using a bit watered down white glue and paint brush. I read somewhere that it should work like mod podge, so I tried it and I think it worked, though I have more lumps on the wrapper than usual, maybe I put in too much water. I don't have the step by step process for wrapping the box but it's simple, just wrap each part, the lid and the base, separately, like wrapping a present.


I just wrapped the outside and didn't wrap the whole inside part because it will be covered later, both for the lid and the base. I also want it to open and close like that so I needed to connect them together on one side.




To connect to each other, I glued a piece of the wrapping paper on one side of each part. Now it can be opened and closed.


I attached a ribbon using hot glue connecting the base and the lid to keep it from opening all the way up, the length of the ribbon is just enough for the box to open up to a right angle.


I finished the lid using a wrapping paper with a different print to cover up the rest of the lid.

The next part, the compartments. I was planning to make partitions using cardboard, unfortunately, I'm all out of cardboard except for the cereal boxes I'm saving for my next project. Besides, I think I'll be bad at trying to make all the partitions straight. So this is what I did, origami boxes. I just used the scrapbook paper I have and it worked out just fine. To make these boxes, I followed this video tutorial by Heather of the happypuppytruffles channel on YouTube. Her tutorial is great, you will be able to make any size of rectangular origami box with the help of simple math. To go to her video tutorial, click this link.



I just glued the top part to keep it from unraveling.


I made 10 boxes, and now it already looks like an organizer for small jewelries or other stuff.




There was a small gap on the sides so I wrapped pieces of cardboard to fill up the space.



Now that the boxes fit perfectly, I glued them to keep them in place.

And we're on the last part, the little pillows. I'm not in the mood for sewing so I just used a shortcut, yes, hot glue. I measured the boxes and added 1cm on each side of the fabric for allowance.


To make these little pillows, glue the sides of the fabric, leaving one side as the opening.


Turn it inside out and fill with stuffing.



Close the open side by folding a little part of the fabric towards the inside and glue the folded parts together. Voila, cute pillows.



Now, to the quality control department for testing, lol. That's my baby playing with the little pillows.



And here is the finished project. I like it a lot, specially because, everything that I used here is already in my stash. So, the next thing to do is fill it up with new watches, gosh. I haven't tried shopping for watches online but I checked out a few sites. I'm eyeing some watches on this website -  ZALORA offers a wide selection of watches but this one

Image grabbed from ZALORA website.

 is my favourite. It's simple and affordable, it would be a nice addition to my collection.

But enough of that for now, I'm just so glad that I was able to make a project that's really useful. I'm planning to make more organizers for my other stuff sometime soon. I hope you like this. Happy crafting!

38 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Very well done and your post is amazing.....very clear and great photos. I have a ton of watches so I am going to make one of these!

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    1. Yes, you'll love looking at your watches more when they're all in one place, lol. Thank you.

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  2. Hello, Kat! Ang ganda ng gawa mo. Mas maganda pa siya actually dun sa peg mo. :-) I wish I also have enough patience (and creativity too) to do crafts like that. Good job, mommy! :-)

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    1. Sinabi mo pa, patience talaga kelangan, it took me hours to finish this. Thank you.

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  3. Oh my gosh! Wow. Amazing, ang ganda!! great job, mommy! I hope I'd be able to make one, too. Good luck saken. LOL! :)

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    1. Kung may time ka, at pasensya, kayang kaya mo yan, haha. Thank you.

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  4. Nice wrapping papers you have and your finish product is beautifully crafted. Good job girl!

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    1. I like those papers, too, just enough touch of "kikayness", lol. Thanks.

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  5. This is beautiful! I like what you did even more than the one you bought! Haha :)

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    1. Mas lively kasi siguro, haha. Thank you!

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  6. Ang ganda! I love it! Now I know what to do with old shoe boxes... I love a good and functional DIY craft. Thanks for sharing mommy! San mo pala nabili yung mga wrapping paper? :)

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    1. Sa Wellmanson, Quiapo, madami na sila ngayong mga wrapping paper. Thank you.

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  7. :( i feel sad, my browser's acting pretty bad ulit. I can't see the pictures. huhu

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    1. Sayang, they're colorful pa naman, haha, kidding. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Ang ganda :) I envy mommies who are crafty and creative. Hehehe

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    1. Hay naku, more than that, patience talaga kelangan, haha, lalo na pag pumapalpak, try again, haha. Thank you.

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  9. thats a really cute box, even cuter than the one you bought. it just seems like it takes up a lot of time. hahaha :P

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    1. Thank you. True, it took me hours and hours to finish this.

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  10. That's awesome! Why don't you try using fabric to wrap the boxes and the little compartments? I think it will look more classy and expensive IMO. You can even sell these coz they look really pretty :)

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    1. That's right, and fabric would even make it sturdier, I think. Most of what's sold in some shops are made of fabric. I just like the print on the paper I used, haha.

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  11. So nice!!! Ang cute din ng QC :) Will create a masculine version (for the hubby) of this. Hehe. Sana lang magmukhang matino :P good job mommy

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    1. Thank you. Minsan tumutulong din yan, manggulo, haha. Tyagaan lang yan, hehe.

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  12. I love it.. ang galing! I like DIY stuff talaga. Slow clap for you mommy Kat

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  13. Galing! Saves a lot of money to buy children's stuffs instead. :)

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    1. Tama, gatas na sya, haha. Thank you!

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  14. What a collection. And great DIY guide there, too. :)

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    1. How I wish they're all on the same level as Dior or Bvlgari, haha. Thank you!

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  15. Wonderful project! I admire you for your creativity!

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  16. I'm saving your tutorial! I'm not really into watches, but I'm planning to get classic pieces for special occasions. Thanks for this! :)

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  17. Galing! I really admire your creativity!

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  18. Wow galing! I like doing crafts from time to time too, the last I did was an organizer for my kid's accessories where I used old boxes from my kids vitamins. Will try this pag may time. hehe Thanks for sharing mommy! Very creative and chic. :)

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    1. Thank you. It would be easy for you since you like doing crafts, too, and you also did upcycling old boxes.

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  19. Super galing! I love watch boxes and yes, they are pricey. Grabe, you can also sell your boxes!

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