Category Archives: Financial Fast Challenge

DIY Cereal Box Drawer Dividers

How’d you spend your weekend? I spent mine with my guys and it was great. We cooked, crafted and got tons of stuff done. It was cold this weekend so I decided to spend it home purging, organizing and updating. By the time I was done I had two bags to donate, one to recycle and one for the trash. It felt good! I cleaned closets, organized drawers and made some drawer dividers. I also put up a few valentines decorations. I know, I know, my tween already told me… It’s only January. I put them up anyway 🙂

The junk drawer in my kitchen was driving me crazy so I dumped everything out, sorted, tossed and put half of the “junk” back where it really belonged. Why do we call them junk drawers??? It’s not junk, well I guess some of it is… I grabbed three boxes from around the house in different sizes, scissors, velcro, a pencil and some contact paper from the dollar store. I used the drawer as a guide to mark the height of each box and cut the boxes using my exacto knife.

DIY drawer dividers, DIY cardboard drawer dividers

I wanted to cover the inside and outside of the box so I wrapped the paper around and cut accordingly. I lined the paper with the outside of the box and wrapped it around. When I got to the bottom of the box I used the eraser to crease the corners and attached. The contact paper was perfect because it had very forgiving adhesive and came in a cute design The last thing I did was attach a piece of velcro to the bottom of the box to keep it from sliding around the drawer.

DIY drawer divider how to, cardboard drawer divider

I didn’t know it was contact paper but it was perfect! The squares on the back made it easy to cut. You could try scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, fabric or washi tape to cover your boxes.

This project was on my list of things to do. A long list of things to do… But the fun is in the journey. Well, at least, that’s what I think 🙂 And my new dividers help keep the junk drawer nicely organized. I’ve already decided I’m making some for my bedroom dresser, but I’m going to use some zebra print duct tape I have left over from the circus party. Now let’s take a look at some before and after pictures of the kitchen junk drawer.

DIY drawer divider, DIY drawer divider before and after

 Simplicity is a constant goal and the more I embrace it the more I see it’s connection to other aspects of my life. Like, considering my purchases knowing space is an issue, I talk about it with the linen closet and the hallway post. Minimizing my purchases was the first step to simplicity and I didn’t even know it. Now I approach everything trying to find ways to use the items I already own while recycling supplies I already have. And if I can’t complete a project without buying anything I try to keep it small and simple. I mean my love of color changes pretty often so it’s nice being able to swap out something knowing my impact to the environment and my envelope was minial. I enjoyed my last financial fast so I’m giving it another go. While this wasn’t a $0 project it did only cost $1 for the contact paper and it is my kick off. I’m even more excited to see what I can do, what I can update and create using little to no money.

Swear Jar – Part of my Financial Fast Challenge

Hi-Lo everyone. The weekend is here and the first week of school is over! What was back to school week like at your house? This is my third post in three days, talk about post overload. This is a super quick, super simple project but one that I hope will have a positive impact on me. I have a REALLY bad habit that I need to work on… I know I have the capacity to overcome my bad habit and now is a really good time to do it. Sometimes I swear and the other day I heard my younger son repeat a word I’d rather not have him say. So I decided to implement a swear jar, at first I was going with a quarter a swear but then I decided on a dollar a swear thinking the ouch factor would really compel me to breath and find a different word to use. Since I still have a day left in my financial fast challenge the jar had to cost $0 and that wasn’t a problem.

swear jar, upcycle

I grabbed a washed out spaghetti jar from my stash, spray painted the lid, added some stickers for decoration and put it on the windowsill so it could be fed easily when i slip up.

The swear jar has been in effect for a few days now and it’s been fed but i already see an improvement and find myself swearing less. I’m going to leave the jar out until the end of the year and see how much money it collects. I’m not exactly sure what to do with it but I was thinking about buying something for myself… I Know, I know, that seems counterproductive but I feel like if the jar is successful there shouldn’t be a lot of money in there anyway and it’ll be a small reward for my effort.

swear jar, repurpose

Look What I Did Display – Part of my Financial Fast

Hi-Lo! This is my third financial fast challenge post and I’ve really been enjoying creating and DIY’ing using the supplies I already have in my craft stash. My youngest son loves to color, draw, paint and create. Not surprising since his momma is a craftaholic. And of course he loves to hang his artwork around the house, he asks for tape and hangs his masterpieces on the doors, walls, the fridge, the stove or just about anywhere he can. I was looking through Kammy’s blog over at Kammy’s Korner and saw a board she made for her son to display his artwork. She calls it his “Look What I Did Display” and it’s exactly what we need. She doesn’t post directions on her blog but the picture is pretty self explanatory. I’ve said in the past that I’m power tool challenged and although I have some scrap pieces of plywood in storage I had no intention of using them. About a year ago I’d bought a piece of pre cut plywood for another project that didn’t work out the way I had planned. Back into my craft closet it went, I figured I’d find something to do with it someday and today is the day.


  • piece of plywood
  • stencil
  • paint
  • clothespins
  • hot glue gun
  • Command strips

 art display,look what i did board

I started by painting the plywood white and stenciling the letters in black. That way it’ll match any room it may end up in, for now it’ll hang above his bed. Once the paint was dry I attached a couple clothes pins. The completed display was hung on the wall using Command strips, my absolute favorite hanging accessory.

art display, diy art display

The Look What I Did Display board will be used over and over again in our home and was so easy to make that this project was a win, win all the way around.

Another project accomplished with a $0 investment.

look what i did board, artdisplay