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DIY Command Center/Craft Organizer

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Give Your Room an Organization Station – Interior Designer Dallas

As a mom of 5 kids staying organized is essential. A MUST! Otherwise I will be schooled by these little people. “Mom, where’s my permission slip?” “Mom, I need a pencil”, “Mom, what time is practice?” Mom, Mom, Mom! I always need a plan. And part of my plan for getting and staying organized this year was making a fun, inexpensive DIY organizational center. You probably already have several items in your home that you can use for this project. This little beauty is all about function and it is a lifesaver for our family on-the-go. We are going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to make one of your own. We are Urbanology Designs. AKA Interior Designer Dallas.

The best part about this project is that you can customize it for any area of your home that needs organization. Use it as a Command Center in your kitchen. Hang it in the laundry/mud room to see when you first walk in the house. If you have a craft room/area this would be perfect for organizing supplies. It would even work in the garage to contain tiny objects like nuts, bolts and nails. The possibilities are endless!

Here is the nitty-gritty on how to make this simple DIY Organizational Center:

Building Materials:
-large empty picture frame
*money-saving tip: Head to your local thrift store or Goodwill to find a large, sturdy frame. Just remove the insides – glass (carefully), backing and picture.
-spray paint (with primer) in any color you want
-Four 1×2 boards cut to the length of the frame (we used these from Lowes) *Note – the boards are not exactly 1×2, so don’t let that confuse you. Also, for those of you who don’t own a miter saw TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS WITH YOU TO THE STORE (or even bring your frame with you). Lowes and Home Depot will gladly measure and cut your boards for you right there in the store! Best piece of advice I ever got when I first started building. Measure twice, cut once people!

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-finishing nails (*using a nail gun rather than hammer and nail is preferable…especially if you have a more delicate frame)
-wood glue
-heavy-duty picture hanging kit

Organizational Supplies:
*We kept our supplies monochromatic (one color) and we suggest you do the same. Not necessarily white, but stick with a similar color scheme for your paint and supplies.
-eye hooks (like these from Home Depot)
-1/4” dowel rods (like these at Lowes)
-large magnetic strip (we used these from The Container Store)
-mini magnetic strip (we used these from The Container Store)
-bulldog magnetic clips in various sizes (we used these from The Container Store but they can also be found at Hobby Lobby and Target)
-magnetic plastic bin (we used this one from The Container Store)
-small magnetic dry erase calendar with marker
-drawer pulls (we used these from Lowes)
-small magnetic containers with clear lids (we used these from The Container Store)
-small buckets with handles or other containers that can be slipped on to the dowel to hold pens, pencils, markers, glue, etc. (We found ours at the Container Store but we also like these from IKEA)

Depending on where you hang your organizational center will determine what you have within hands-reach. For our purposes, we needed: scissors, tape (scotch, masking and washi), ruler, pencils, pens, glue, string, wrapping paper, drawing paper, brushes, note cards, push-pins and paperclips, and stamps.

Now let’s go over step-by-step instructions on how we assembled the frame:

Step 1: Get your 1×2 boards cut (either at a big box hardware store or at home with a miter saw) to the width of the back of the frame and nail them on to the back of the frame. It’s best to use a nail gun here if you have one, but if not, a hammer and some muscle will work just fine. We spaced our boards 3 inches apart toward the top of the frame.

Step 2: Cut the dowel rods to the length of the outside of the frame. This will ensure that you have enough length so the dowel will not easily slip off of the eye hook.


Step 3: Prime and paint the picture frame, 1×2 boards, dowel rods, eye hooks and a few nails. Let dry.

Step 3: Attach the Heavy-Duty Picture Hanging Kit to the back of the frame making sure you can’t see the wire when the frame is hung.

Step 4: Turn the frame over so the front is facing you and screw the large and small magnetic strips on the 1×2 boards wherever you would like them to go (*IMPORTANT: it’s helpful here to gather all the items you would like on the frame and space them out. This will give you a visual idea of where everything should go).


Step 5: Screw the eye hooks toward the bottom (inside part) of the frame making sure they are even on both sides. We spaced ours 4 inches apart.


Step 7: Screw the drawer pulls on the 1×2 board where you would like them to go. These will hold your scissors.

Step 8: Find a blank wall, locate the stud and hang your frame (not to high…not too low). If a stud is not accessible, you can use a monkey hook to support the weight.

Step 9: Arrange and attach items on to the frame using all your supplies: calendar, magnets, bulldog clips, buckets, dowels (slip on rolls of paper, string and tape), nails, etc. Fill your containers and voila! Your Organization Center is up and ready to go!

Here is a picture of our finished product to give you some ideas on how to arrange things.


With Back to School right around the corner (don’t tell my kids) we hope this project helps you stay on top of things! Happy Organizing!

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Thank you! Interior Designer Dallas

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