- 24 Clever Storage Ideas for Hard-to-Store Stuff
- DIY Pencil Case Project for BuzzFeed!
- 25 Life-Changing PVC Pipe Organizing and Storage Projects
- Power Tool Holders
- Wine Rack
- Clothing Organizer
- Desk Organizer
- Shoe Rack
- Hair Dryer Caddy
- Tape Holder
- Chalkboard Wine Rack
- Garden Tool Organizer
- Curling Iron Holsters
- Craft Room Storage
- Pencil Case
- Table Centerpiece
- Toothbrush Holders
- Nursery Storage
- Measuring Tool Holder
- Pegboard Cubbyholes
- PVC Planters
- Tape Dispenser
- Pen Storage
- Wrapping Paper Safety
- Paint Holder
- Bracelet Rack
- Tool Organizer
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- DIY PVC Pipe Tape Dispenser
- DIY PVC Tape Dispenser Supplies
- Design Your Tape Holder
- Measure and Cut the PVC Pipe
- Assemble the Tape Holder
24 Clever Storage Ideas for Hard-to-Store Stuff
The unused space between overhead joists in a basement or garage is a brilliant place to install a heavy-duty wire shelf.
The wire shelving is see-through, so you can easily tell what’s up there, so it’s great for can storage ideas.
Store outdoor sports equipment, tackle boxes, coolers and other less-frequently used items the way yet still easily accessible. Depending on the width, wire shelves cost from $1 to $3 per foot at home centers.
This easy 1-hour project turns unused space into storage space.
Having jumper cables at the ready is serious business in cold climates. Store the cables coiled around the spare tire under the false floor of the trunk. You'll always be able to find them and they'll never be tangled.
Family HandymanExtra-large Ziploc bags (about $2 each at home centers and online) are great for storing camping gear, patio cushions and out-of-season clothes. Here's a slick trick for getting all the air the bag before you seal it. Put your items inside and push out all the air you can by hand. Then seal the bag but leave an opening large enough to fit a drinking straw. Use the straw to suck out the remaining air and then finish sealing the bag. You've got to see these 16 genius camping hacks. Family Handyman
Can you actually find what you're looking for in your stack of saved magazines? Here's a great way to archive magazines, a method that one of our editors has been using at work for years.
All you need is a bunch of hanging folders and a drawer that's set up for hanging them. Cut off the bottom of each folder about an inch below the rod. Drape your magazine over the rod and hang it in the drawer.
The spines are easy to read, so you can find what you need quickly.
Family HandymanEver wish you had one more garage wall to hang stuff on? Well, you do. Your garage door is a perfect place for extension cord storage. (Yes, they'll stay put when the door opens and closes.) Install screw eyes diagonally about 8 in. apart and thread bungee cords (with the ends cut off) through them for perfect extension cord storage. Now you have a perfect bungee “corral” to hold your extra extension cords. Family Handyman
An extension ladder is one of the most difficult things to store. When you need to use it, it has to be easy to get to. But there are long stretches when it just gets in the way of everything else in your garage.
Here's a good solution: Mount it on your garage ceiling on sturdy racks made of scrap 2x4s that are screwed into the ceiling joists. Use two 3-1/2-in. screws at each joint to make the rack secure. These racks make it easy to slide the ladder out when you need it.
Just make sure to position the racks where they won't interfere with your garage door.
Family HandymanWhere do you store your belts? How about on this inexpensive and easy-to-make belt holder? All you need is a wooden hanger and some cup hooks. If some of your belts have unusually thick buckles, just widen the cup hook slightly with a needle-nose pliers. This is a great way to hang small handbags, too. We also have tons of storage ideas for the kitchen. Family HandymanIf you occasionally put your hammer down to strum a guitar or banjo, you know how tricky it can be to store them. Floor stands are pricey and they leave your instrument accessible to curious children, rambunctious pets and people who can't carry a tune. It's a better idea to hang your instruments on the wall, but instrument wall hangers cost $20 a pop. Instead of hitting the music store, hit the home center. Plastic-coated utility hooks will hold most instruments at a fraction of the cost ($2 to $4), and they're just as tough. A musical instrument is never something you want to store in your car, find out the other eight things you need to keep the car. Family Handyman
If you have lots of small hardware on hand, constantly opening drawers or containers to find what you need is a pain.
Here's one solution: Store hardware in small, sturdy zippered craft bags (thicker than sandwich bags and available at hobby stores). Punch a hole in the bag and hang it on pegboard.
The clear bags make finding what you need a snap and keep dust, rust and moisture at bay. If you need to find a matching piece of hardware, just hold it up for a side-by-side comparison.
Family HandymanVery few people have too much closet space (and if you do, don't brag). This DIY closet rod is an easy way to add space for hanging clothes (or at least clothes that don't require a tall space). Hang a second clothes rod from the upper rod with lightweight chain. Attach the chain to screw eyes directly or use S-hooks or carabiners. Carabiners make adjusting the height of the extra rod a snap. This system works well in kids' closets since they grow quickly (and their clothes grow along with them). It also works well in an adult closet—you can hang pants on one rod and shirts on the other. Check out these 11 other clothes storage ideas. Family Handyman
If you have kids, you have balls—basketballs, soccer balls, rubber balls and other round objects that roll around underfoot.
Here's a perfect way to use that narrow gap between a pair of garage doors (if you're blessed with such an awkward spot). Just install angled “ball ramps” made from scrap wood.
The balls fit neatly in the gap, and because the ball ramp is right there at the edge of the garage, kids are more ly to use it.
Family HandymanIt seems the vacuum cleaner always ends up in one closet and the vacuum cleaner bags in another, and the attachments get shoved in a corner or spread all over the floor. Here's a simple tip that will keep everything together and out from underfoot. Screw a hook to the door of your storage closet and hang a mesh or cloth bag on it. You can store all your vacuum cleaner bags and attachments in one place, and the bag lets you carry everything you need from room to room or up and down the stairs in one trip. Vacuum cleaner broken? We'll show you how to fix it. Family HandymanIf you don't have radiators, finding a good spot to dry wet hats and mittens can be tough. Tossing them into a plastic bin gets them the way, but they never dry and it's no fun putting on damp mittens in the morning. This simple back-of-the-door glove and cap rack allows wet things to dry and keeps easily misplaced items organized. Just string clothespins on aluminum wire (it won't rust) and stretch it between screw eyes on the back of a closet door. This also works great out in the garage for drying garden and work gloves. Make your own mitten drying rack with these inspirational ideas. Family HandymanWho couldn't use a few more shelves in the garage? You probably already have shelves in the obvious spots, but what about in the corners? This nifty corner shelf unit takes advantage of existing studs, and it's fast, easy and cheap. And it's great for can storage ideas. Use scrap plywood or oriented strand board to make shelves that fit snugly between the corner studs and support them with 1×1 cleats. These corner shelves are perfect for storing smaller items such as glues, oils, waxes and polishes, which get lost on larger shelves. Family HandymanOK, maybe junk is too harsh a word. We're talking about luggage, camping gear, the ugly vase Aunt Martha gave you for your wedding—stuff you need to keep but don't use all the time. If your house has a set of stairs with a sloped closet underneath, you have a huge amount of space that's mostly wasted. Here's how to get the most that black hole. Build a custom rolling cart that fits perfectly in the closet. This one is built a shelf unit and rides on fixed casters so it slides straight out to keep things organized and accessible. When Aunt Martha comes to visit, just roll it out, grab the vase and you're golden. Take a look around and see what you can throw out before tossing it in storage. Family HandymanThis is for all you fishing addicts out there. When the season ends and the gear comes the truck, where do you store your rods? You can buy a fancy storage rack or make one of your own. But either way, you're giving up precious wall space until spring. Here's a quick solution: Screw short sections of wire shelving to your ceiling. If the handles don't fit, just clip out some of the wire with bolt cutters. Your rods will be safely the way until your next fishing trip. You can also use PVC pipe for fishing rod storage—check it out! Family HandymanThis tray is a nifty way to store spring clamps. It's a slotted piece of 3/4-in. plywood with 1/4-in. plywood fins glued in the slots. Store the tray on a peg and remove clamps when you need them. When you're done, stick the clamps back on the fins and hang up the tray. These are our all-time favorite clamping tricks from woodworkers. Here's a tool storage technique for all those slender tools and shop accessories. Cut short lengths of PVC pipe (1-1/2- and 2-in.-diameter pipes work well for most items) and slide them over pegboard hooks. Then load them up with files, hacksaw blades, zip ties, pencils, stir sticks…you get the skinny. Build this compact pegboard storage container in an afternoon. Family HandymanHanging bicycles from the rafters is a great way to save garage space. But even hanging bikes can take up a bunch of room. Here's a cool space-saving product that puts a new twist on the humble bike hook. The Saris Cycle Glide is a system of hooks mounted on glides. Once the bikes are on the hooks, they can be slid closer to the wall on the glides that mount perpendicular to the wall. And because the hooks slide back and forth on the lower set of glides, the bikes can be nestled neatly together, taking up a lot less space. This system also makes it easier to take down the bikes when they're hanging over a parked car, a boat or a big mess in my garage. That's because you can pull or push the bikes clear of the obstruction before you lower it. I've been using mine for almost a year now, and I love it. You can buy a Saris Cycle Glide for $245 at bike stores or online. If this style isn't to your liking check out other bike storage ideas. Jeff Gorton, Associate Editor To maximize the overhead garage storage space above garage rafters, install attic decking panels to create a useable and accessible surface for storage. Before you start this project, though, consult a knowledgeable building professional to make sure your rafters are rated for the extra loads. Shelf brackets designed to support clothes hanger rods aren't just for closets. The rod-holding hook on these brackets comes in handy in the garage and workshop too. You can bend the hook to suit long tools or cords. Closet brackets are available at home centers and hardware stores. Small garage? Check out these amazing space-saving ideas. Family Handyman
Shelves and cabinets are great, but when you're in a hurry (and kids always are), it's nice to just throw and go. Find complete instructions, including diagrams for cutting the wood, here.
DIY Pencil Case Project for BuzzFeed!
Guys. BuzzFeed—BUZZFEED—asked me to come up with a project for them.
I kinda lost it. And then I said yes obviously I will do that yes. And then I had to keep it a secret from Blogland for over two weeks and it was really hard.
And then I saw that they used my picture for the thumbnail on their DIY page and I kinda lost it again.
After tweeting about it while grocery shopping Thursday morning (literally, in the produce section of Trader Joe’s), I recovered my wits and realized I can finally share this project with you since it’s published and on the web forever and ever. Secret no more.
So here it is! My pencil case!
I’m not gonna lie, this project took some work. Not the actual making part, that was easy. But conceptualizing it.
When I first thought of using PVC pipe to make a pencil case, it seemed a genius idea. Unfortunately, plumbing pieces don’t always want to be used for craft projects. And sometimes when you make something that looks cool in your head, it ends up looking something…inappropriate…in real life. I’m not gonna go into that part.
I touched EVERY. SINGLE. PLUMPING. PART. in the Home Depot before finally finding the right ones. (Thank you, Melanie, for your invaluable help through that experience. Our hands will never be truly clean again).
Luckily for you makers out there, I’ve got it figured out and you can just waltz in to a hardware store, pick up the pieces from the materials list, and get crafting. You know, if you want to make this project. Which you know you do.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1.25” PVC pipe, cut to 6” long
- 1.25” copper test cap
- 1.25” female adapter, with corresponding 1.25″ plug
- 180 grit sandpaper
- copper spray paint
- second spray paint in color of your choice
- quick-set epoxy
- hose clamp (optional)
- wire cutters, if using hose clamp
WHAT YOU DO:
Gently sand the pipe, male adapter, and plug to prepare them for painting.
Following the instructions on your spray paint cans, paint the male adapter and plug with copper paint and the pipe in another color. You will need several coats to cover all the plastic. Allow the pieces to dry 24 hours before moving on to the next step.
Attach the male adapter to one end of the pipe, pushing it down as far as it will go. It will be very snug—if you have trouble, try gently tapping it with a hammer (place a towel between the adapter and the hammer so that you don’t scratch the paint).
Mix together equal amounts of quick-set epoxy using a toothpick or wooden stir stick.
Using the epoxy, glue the copper test cap to the end of the pipe. Wipe any excess epoxy away immediately. Hold the cap in place until the epoxy has set enough for it to stay put on its own. Allow to dry according to the instructions on the package (usually overnight).
Slip the hose clamp over the male adapter and tighten into place, then trim off the excess with wire cutters.
Screw the plug to the male adapter (this will be the removable cap).
That’s it. See how painless that was? As a bonus, it kinda looks the handle of a light saber.
Be sure to hop over to the article on BuzzFeed to look at the other awesome projects that were created for this back-to-school feature!
And dear readers, thank you thank you for coming back here every day, pinning and sharing my stuff. You guys got me on BUZZFEED. You are awesomesauce.
25 Life-Changing PVC Pipe Organizing and Storage Projects
I found myself frozen in front of the PVC pipe section in the hardware store the other day because I couldn’t stop thinking of all the things that I could actually make from these strong cylinders.
The shape and range of sizing made me realize that there are so many ways to store and organize all my clutter at home. I managed to find quite a few brilliant ideas floating around the internet, so clearly, I’m not the first to be hit with this realization.
Who knew that simple, classy and functional storage could be this cheap?!
Power Tool Holders
Do you or the hubby have a garage/workroom that’s littered with power tools and a whole bunch of other attachments and bits and bobs? You can bring the room to some order by making these clever holders so that you can simply slide your tools back in when you’re done with them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: TheGarageJournal
Well this really is genius, and there isn’t much work that goes into making this modern wine rack of PVC piping. The white will suit most houses with white walls and cabinets, but don’t be afraid to give it that pop of color if you want to spice it up a little.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: MarthaStewart
Small items of clothing stockings and scarves can easily get lost among all your other clothes in the cupboard. A good way to store them separately it just to cut some piping down to size and use the pieces as individual compartments in a drawer.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: BetterHomesAndGardens
This is really cute and clever actually – just cut some thinner PVC pipes so that you can glue them together and use them as one cohesive desk organizer for all your stationery. It’s whimsical and playful, and best of all, it’s really cheap to make.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: DesignsByStudioC
Making a brilliant and functional shoe rack is as easy as going down to your hardware store! You just need to get the right size so that your shoes actually fit in each compartment, and then it’s up to you to decorate it all and make it look pretty. If you really want to go all out then have a look at this impressive DIY Instructions and Project Credit: Lazy Susan for shoes!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: HomeStoriesAToZ
Hair Dryer Caddy
This is perhaps the easiest of all the projects because you don’t need to cut anything down; all you need is the right Y fitting and you’re good to go! Your hair dryer should fit in perfectly in the larger hole, and there’s even a smaller slot for your brush, straightener or curling iron.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: OnceUponAFamily
This brilliant little storage solution will work perfectly in any craft room. The pipes make perfect racks for all your technicolored Washi tape rolls. And those who love sewing (I just can’t bring myself to calling you ‘sewers’) can also use this same idea for ribbons.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: SowderingAboutInSeattle
Chalkboard Wine Rack
So not only do you get to store your wine (or other bottles) in an easy-to-grab manner, but you also get this wonderful chalkboard panel that can serve as a grocery list, reminder, or just a fun place to scribble or doodle.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: ApartmentTherapy
Garden Tool Organizer
Garages tend to get cluttered really easily – I think people feel that it’s the one room where it’s ok to just toss everything in. Well, a great (and cheap!) way to keep your garden tools organized is to cut some pieces of PVC through which you can slot the tools. Perfect, right? You can even label everything to really keep it tidy and in order.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: AshbeeDesign
These specific cylindrical shelves are actually made from cardboard, but it’ll be a lot easier if you simply get one of the largest sized PVC pipe and just have that cut. The shape is just so interesting and could give any room a modern touch.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: X4Duros
Curling Iron Holsters
If you want to keep your curling iron or hair straightener sight completely, then you can simply attach PVC pipes to the inside of your vanity door. You can even get another smaller piece of pipe in which you can keep the cords tidy.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: TheFamilyHandyman
Craft Room Storage
Wall storage is always a great idea when a room is starting to get a little too cluttered – when things are off the floor and desks it already looks a million times better. If you’re stuck with this problem with an overstocked craft room then you can make yourself this lovely PVC pipe shelving unit.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: Today’sCreativeLife
Here’s a fun back-to-school project for the kids – a PVC pipe pencil case! It’s actually so perfect because it’s hard and sturdy, and you can just cut it to the perfect size. But the thing that I love the most about this crafty little project is the fact that it looks the handle of a light saber!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: JadeAndFern
With a bit of crafty ingenuity, you can make a gorgeous multifunctional table centerpiece with a few pipes. This can either serve as a utensil and napkin holder, a vase or a planter. It’s creative, useful, versatile and pretty!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: PrettyHandyGirl
It looks as if these pipes really come in handy in the bathroom of all places! If your little ones tend to leave their toothbrushes and toothpaste strewn across the sink, then perhaps a bit of organizing is needed. Thanks to these hidden holders, you’ll have more (and cleaner) counter space.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: CraftingInTheRain
This clever DIYer made slanted shelves from PVC pipes in her son’s nursery room. Mounted by the changing station, the storage compartments now offer easy access to all things baby, from blankets and towels to bottles and hygiene supplies.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: ApartmentTherapy
Measuring Tool Holder
Many people have hooks on the inside of their kitchen cabinet doors to store their measuring spoons and cups, but someone has come along with the fantastic idea to use pipes as holders instead. I’m pretty sure this save a lot of annoying swinging and clanging every time the door is opened!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: AshbeeDesign
If you have a pegboard in your garage, craft room or workshop, then you can save on space even further by making separate compartments with pipes. These are perfect for keeping the smaller items safely together, and in sight.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: TheFamilyHandyman
Who would have thought that PVC pipe end caps can make such brilliant succulent planters? And they’re so cheap! The fun thing is that you have a white, blank canvas, so you really get to have fun with all the decorating. If you’re an avid plant-lover then you may want to check out our master list of DIY Instructions and Project Credit: 100 gardening tips.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: TheHappierHomemaker
This is one of the more complicated projects; although it isn’t really difficult to make, it just requires a bit more assembly than the others. After putting you PVC pipe puzzle together, you’ll have a sturdy tape dispenser that even has a little holder for your scissors too!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: LeftBrainCraftBrain
Here’s another great one for your craft room – if you’re an artist or a scrapbooker with dozens and dozens of pens, pencils and markers, then you’ll love this organizer. And if the white doesn’t appeal to you, all you have to do it wrap some pretty paper around each pipe.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: CreativeCricket
Wrapping Paper Safety
When the times come to wrap up a present, it’s pretty annoying to find your once pristine wrapping paper crumpled up, torn or squashed under a ton of other things. This clever little organizer keeps all your paper safe! Although the tutorial uses soup cans, pieces of pipe would work just as well (maybe even better!).
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: AmyKrist
If you’re really clever, you can find the right sized pipe so that your paint tubes or bottles fit in snugly. A bit of paint on the caps makes it super easy to spot what is what, so pulling out the one you need is quick and painless.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: ThriftyCraftyGirl
I’ve seen so many lovely bracelet and bangle racks these, but I quickly realized how easy it actually is to make my own DIY version. Those bars could easily be replaced with PVC piping that you just need to cut to the right length and then keep sturdy with a base.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: HoneyWe’reHome
When one side of a pipe is cut at an angle, it’s very simple to lean it against the wall and screw it in place. That’s what this clever DIYer did to organize all his tools. You can even color code the pipes so that finding something is as easy as looking in the designated section.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: Instructables
DIY PVC Pipe Tape Dispenser
We’re kind of tape addicts in our house. And it has gotten a bit hand. Rolls of tape in baskets, in baggies, in whatever The Babe last used for a craft project.
So I decided to take the lead of her wonderful preschool and build our own tape dispenser. This was a fun building activity that even taught a bit of math along the way.
Follow along to make your very own DIY PVC Pipe Tape Dispenser. (This post contains affiliate links.)
DIY PVC Tape Dispenser Supplies
This isn’t your average tape dispenser… It’s an engineered tape dispenser 🙂 Made pipe. If you haven’t played with PVC pipe yet, it’s pretty fun to build with, even if you’re not an engineer. Here’s what you need to put it together:
I realize that this PVC pipe naming may be new to some of you, so I’ve linked to the items on Amazon to help you get the right fit. Or, you can print out this page and take it to your local hardware / home improvement store to help you get the right items.
Design Your Tape Holder
I decided to make our tape holder a rectangle because we needed more space than a cube would provide. This is a great time to teach the kids about 3D shapes and how to draw them.
Did you know that a 3D rectangle is called a rectangular prism? I had to Google it… The directions below are for the shape we made, but it’s up to you what size and shape you need.
FYI, the finished size will be slightly bigger than the lengths of pipe as the elbows take up a bit of space.
Measure and Cut the PVC Pipe
Next measure and mark the desired length of PVC pipe with a pen. Definitely remember the guideline of Measure Twice, Cut Once. PVC pipe is cheap, but not that cheap 🙂 You need:
- 4 x 8″ pieces
- 8 x 4″ pieces
I used a PVC cutter but if you have easy access to a power saw, that works well too. Line up your cut mark with the blade in the PVC cutter and start ratcheting it down until it completely cuts through the pipe. I was going to do a video to help you use your PVC cutter, but then I realized that I’m definitely not a pro at it. So here’s a video from a pro 🙂
I highly recommend either keeping this part as a grown-ups step or kids should be closely monitored and assisted as the cutter is very sharp. Please wear appropriate safety gear goggles if you choose to use a saw because sometimes shards of PVC come off the pipe when they are cut.
Assemble the Tape Holder
Here comes the fun part for the kids. It’s time to build the tape holder! Use the 8″ pieces as the length and the 4″ pieces as the depth and height. The Babe really d trying to figure out how to make it fit together.
I think I need to buy some more fittings as a building block activity for her. I love that she loved playing with piping because I’m a chemical engineer and my dad is a chemical engineer.
There’s been a lot of piping work done in our careers… Maybe she will become a chemical engineer too!
Now, grab your cable tie and the cyclindrical coupler. Slide the cable tie through the coupler and attach on the inside of one of the cross bars. We used the short side so we didn’t interfere with too much tape storage.
And finally, pull out one of the pipes from the fitting and start sliding on your tape. You’re all done!!
Now it’s time to do some projects with tape! Have you seen LBCB’s DIY Recycled Suspension Bridge?
Or, check out the Left Brain Craft Brain Tape Addict Pinterest board for lots of fun and helpful ideas.
Follow Anne @ Left Brain Craft Brain’s board Tape Addict on Pinterest.