DIY Grid Containers - 3 Ways


Hi and welcome to the Drawn to DIY Launch Week!

I'm so thankful you're here because I'll be sharing EIGHT posts to kick start this new blog. You're currently reading post #02 so feel free to like, comment, and share.

Yesterday, I shared a cute motivational printable you can download for free. 

Today, I have a confession. 

I spend waaay too much time on InstagramPinterest, and Twitter. Perhaps you're saying, "I do too!" but I gotta tell you, probably not as much as I do. My boyfriend tells me I have an addiction. And I don't blame him. 

My phone is usually the first thing I check in the morning (I blame my alarm) and the last thing I look at before going to bed. I'm on it during the day, on lunch breaks, sometimes while watching tv, and even while walking. Maybe it's because I grew up with it? Or because I'm obsessed with reading news and looking at photos? Or perhaps it's because I've been planning to start a blog? ;) I not so sure but whatever it is, it's got me updated about the latest news and trends!

One trend that I can get on board with is geometrics. Everywhere I look, I see geometric planters, wall hangings, picture frames, you name it. I love it because there's just something about clean lines and shapes mixed with decor and function!


So for this DIY, I found a suet feeder from the dollar store. I didn't know it at that time but a suet feeder is usually hung outside people's homes or on trees to attract and feed birds. They would insert animal fat inside, called suet, and birds would come and eat it for heat and energy. 

For Grid Container #1, since the feeder is made of plastic and color green, I simply spray painted it matte black. Instantly, it looks great and with a size of approximately 5x5 inches, it now holds some of my stationary and envelopes. It also has a click-lock feature so your stuff stays put in case you want to move it around. 


For Grid Container #2, please refer to the photo collage of steps:

  1. Remove the paper label.
  2. Remove the handle.
  3. Spray paint it. I used Rust-Oleum brand of spray paint in black. Let dry completely.
  4. Since the measurements are already stated on the paper label, simply use that as a guide to outline rectangles on white card stock paper. Make sure you have paper for all 6 sides.
  5. Cut and glue the paper onto all sides of the inside of the suet feeder. You can use any type of glue that dries clear.
  6. That's it!   

For Grid Container #3, repeat steps 1-3 then grab some jute twine. The following steps took me about 30 mins so I found it best to put on a good TV show or movie. Also, I'm going for a more rustic but still modern look here.  

  1. Tie a knot of the twine on one bottom corner of the already painted and dried container. 
  2. Glue the knot using a stronger type of glue. I used E6000 craft adhesive. 
  3. Thread the twine in and out of each bar of the container until you have gone around the whole thing about 15-20 times, depending on how tight or loose you want it. Tight means you cannot see through the container. Loose means you could. I opted for only half of the container wrapped in twine because I still wanted whatever I'll put inside them to be somewhat visible. 
  4. Once you reach the "end" of your twine cover, carefully cut, knot, and glue the twine in place. 

There you have it! Three kinds of stylish grid containers from a $1 suet feeder. 


Share below: 

Which grid container is your favorite? What sorts of things will you put in them? Would you like more DIYs about dollar store items?

Thank you for visiting during blog launch week!

See you again tom --- I'll be sharing another free printable about something I'm passionate about but need practice on!


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