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Another Two of My Chopstick Box

I buy a magazine or two every month and so you can imagine how much I’ve accumulated by now. And while most of them are in our bookshelf cabinet, I’d like to keep a few recent issues within reach. I usually read in the bathroom (oops! it’s relaxing hey! I know some of you do that too!) so I wanted a box near the bathroom entrance that can hold my magazines. Cheapo moi, I did two more versions of my chopstick box. One for my magazines and one for Bryce’s Kumon worksheets. For instructions on how to make one, you can read here.


This time, I spray painted the two boxes. I didn’t bother sanding or even priming them because I was too lazy. But on a good day, I probably would. Then I just simply glued a piece of scrap fabric on top to cover the jagged edges. I want my boxes labeled so I glued a piece of cork board (another scrap) so I can just pin the label and change it anytime I want to. Ok, honestly, my fabric was a bit short so the cork board was the perfect cover up solution. Hehe!


By the way, I’m not being paid to promote CondoLiving but I love it anyway. If you have a tiny house, you can find a lot of ideas here. So you don’t necessarily have to be a condo unit owner to appreciate the mag. 🙂

MAGAZINE-RACK2And this is Bryce’s box. I initially planned to have the two for me since I already did a box for his worksheets but when he saw the boxes, he wanted one. How can a good mother say no? Haha! That was felt that I glued on top and notice my attempt to do an “ombre”. I gently and quickly sprayed white paint at the bottom after the blue paint has dried.

Have you tried creating your own chopstick box? Feel free to share and I’ll gladly post your version on my blog.

Recycle Day/1

Peanutbutter lovers, don’t throw those empty containers just yet. Buy a bunch of yarns and hand them over to your kids so they’ll have something better to do during the rainy weekends.

I have a box of empty containers waiting to be recycled/upcycled and a messy collection of ribbons and yarns (given by mom years ago when I thought I’d try my hand on crocheting. Fail!) So what to do? Yarn wrap them all! Let’s start with Peter Pan…

What you need:

  • Empty containers
  • Yarns, thick or thin
  • White glue
  • Scissors


It took me about 45 minutes to finish. A bit time consuming, but surprisingly quite relaxing. Next time we go to the beach, I’ll do this while getting my tan. It’s a great kid’s craft too, just buy the thick yarn so they can finish quickly.

Individually wrapped candies are perfect content for this.

Now, whom shall I give this to?

10 Repurposing Ideas for Common Household Items

If you have too many unused and unwanted stuff in your home, please read this before you throw anything away. They can have other use aside from what they are originally purposed for.

1. Old magazine Racks can help you organize those pot covers that usually take too much space in your kitchen shelf.

2. Spoon, fork and knife can be turned into hooks and ever drawer handles. So get your hammers and pliers out and start bending and twisting!
3. Empty lotion/body wash bottles can be turned into cellphone holders when charging. How ingenious! Visit Make It and Love It for instructions on how to make this cute holders.
4. Wire baskets can be turned into gorgeous pendant lamps. See how Ashley Ann did hers.
5. If one of your wooden hangers got broken, don’t throw them yet. They make a lovely double hook for your bedroom.
6. Vintage ladles with intricate details do make one of a kind wall art. Just group them together and add accessories like this.
7. Colanders, the one used for draining pastas (I have to explain because I didn’t know that those drainers are called colanders until now. hehe) can be painted in pastel color and turned into hanging plant pot. This would look cute hanging on either side of our main door.
8. I once bought a cool apple green kettle but since I was using gas stove, the surface got covered with burnt stains. I stopped using it because it looked ugly and dirty. I should have painted it and done this instead. It will still look cute in my kitchen.
9. Metal cooling racks can be placed inside your shoe rack to keep the mud and dirt from sticking to the surface. I need to this on my painted shoe rack. I don’t want to mess up the pretty turquoise paint inside.
10. We probably all have a stock of canned tuna in our homes. Collect the empty cans to help you organize your drawers. These small containers can house small items like paperclips, thumbtacks, pins, etc for your home office or even jewelries and other knick knacks for your bedroom. Spray paint them for fun effect!