If you are looking for an organizing project, AND a DIY project right now, this project is just what you need! Make these pretty drawer dividers for your home!
These DIY drawer dividers are a great organizing project, and a great DIY project all rolled into one!
The great thing about this project also is that it is using materials you already have on hand. Not only will you be recycling and reusing cardboard cereal boxes, you should also have leftover wrapping paper or other papers at home.
Drawers are one of the spaces in our home that can so quickly get out of control. Even when you tidy up a drawer, it very quickly gets disorganized again!
The answer to keeping those drawers neat, tidy and organized is to use drawer dividers. Drawer dividers can divide your stuff into categories, to be easily located and found.
For this project I actually re-organized my kitchen junk drawer. Yes you know that dreaded junk drawer in your kitchen or somewhere else in your home, where you just shove everything!
Our kitchen junk drawer has batteries, key chains, odd screws and nails, pens, tape, post it notes, small tools such as tape measures, and so much more. Basically you name it, it’s in there!
I have tidied up this junk drawer more times than I can count. It still ends up being a mess it seems just a few days later! I really want to scream when I open it!
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What You Need to Make DIY Cereal Box Drawer Dividers
The main item you need for this DIY organizing project is old used cereal boxes.
Start collecting them as you use the contents. They can be any size cereal box. You can also use other boxes too – not just cereal boxes. Any food boxes will work well – boxes for granola bars, boxes for oatmeal etc.
The other major thing you need is pretty paper. This can be old leftover wrapping paper, it can be scrapbook paper, or any pretty papers that you have.
How to Make DIY Cereal Box Drawer Dividers
The first thing you should do is take all your leftover cereal boxes. Place each box in the drawer you are making the dividers for.
Place them one by one and all together. You need to see how each box will fit together to plan your dividers.
Related: How to Organize a Pantry
Mark Each Box Ready to be Cut
With the cereal boxes inside the drawer, use the marker to mark around the box to the edge of the drawer. This will ensure that the dividers are the right height for the drawer.
Note: You will need to mark each side of the box, and using the ruler you can also mark along the sides also, using the marks you made each side as a guide. This will make cutting them out so much easier.
Once your boxes are marked out, cut them out with the box cutter or scissors.
Place the Paper on the Box Dividers
Next you need to put the decorative paper over the cereal box divider.
I tried many different ways of doing this. Wrapping paper can actually work the best, as it is so easy to tape on and wrap around the box shape.
Craft paper and scrapbook paper also works well, but is a little harder to wrap around the boxes. But it does have the advantage of being thicker paper quality than wrapping paper.
How to Put the Paper on the Boxes
I found the best way to wrap a box was to cut a strip of paper first for the bottom of the box, which is then taken up the sides of the box inside and to the outside.
Push the paper into the corners with something that won’t rip the paper. Use something like the eraser end of a pencil.
You can secure the paper to the boxes with double-sided tape as you go. Press down and smooth out as neatly as possible.
You should be able to do the bottom and up two of the sides first. Then you just need to cut strips and place them on the two remaining sides, one by one.
Place Your New Dividers Inside Your Drawer!
You will now have a set of pretty drawer dividers! Move them around inside the drawer to fit their best together.
Tidy up your drawers today with these pretty DIY drawer dividers! Get those messy drawers organized once and for all!
This DIY organizing project is easy to do, and uses supplies that you probably already have in your home!