Do It Yourself: Smart Wall-hanging Organiser

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We’d all like to live in Instagram-worthy, trendy spaces but as a new immigrant, decor might not be the highest on our list of priorities. But that doesn’t mean we can’t spruce up our homes with cute accents – let’s look at how to build a customizable wall-hanging paper organiser that fits your ideal home’s aesthetic, with items you can find at the Dollar Store.

You’ll need:

  • Cookie sheet (recommend getting the largest size you can find)
  • Lining paper (you can reuse wrapping paper, leftover peel-and-stick wallpaper/ fabric or get craft paper in a pattern you like)
  • Pen holder
  • Magnets
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue, scissors

Optional:

  • Magnetic tape
  • Command Velcro strips

Process

Cut the lining paper to match the cookie sheet’s size and glue it on. Make sure there aren’t any bubbles. You can use a pattern or colour that matches with the rest of the decor in the room you intend to use it in.

Decorate the pen holder as you like (you can wrap it in fabric or spray paint it) and glue a magnet onto it to help it adhere to the cookie sheet. Use magnets (or magnetic tape) to hold other notes, receipts, and a couple of accents.

Mount the cookie sheet on the wall in your home office (or kitchen!!) with double-sided tape. You can use Command Velcro strips as well for a stronger hold.

Not only is this simple enough to put together, but also actually functional (especially great for smaller spaces) for keeping your receipts or notes visible but organized. Best of all, it does not look like a DIY from the Dollar Store – we’re definitely bougie, but always on a budget.

Your savings

Cost of items: $9

Average cost of wall paper organizer: $22

Average saving: $13

This can be a fun family project with the kids and you can incentivize your kids for being creative by giving them the savings from this project.

Hang your organiser in your home office, kid’s study area, kitchen or in the living room as a reminder of your creativity and frugality.

Get creative! Get creating!! Get frugal!!!

Priyanka Victor
Priyanka Victor

PV (she/her) is a writer, editor and social media strategist – her superpower is using words to simplify readers’ lives. She’s a voracious reader, foodie and a first-generation South Asian expat who has chosen Canada to be her forever home. 

Email: priyanka@immigrantmuse.ca

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