Jute Wrapped Toy Bin

Is it me or does everything seem to look better wrapped in jute?
Maybe I’m just obsessed with jute!

So even though Connor has a playroom, toys always seem to end up in our bedroom.  After months of taking them back downstairs, I decided that we needed something in our bedroom that Connor could just throw the toys in when he wasn’t playing with them.  Ok, let me rephrase that – I needed something that I could just throw the toys in when he wasn’t playing with them.

Since I’m obsessed with jute and seem to hoard it in my craft closet, I decided to take an old plastic storage container and wrap it in jute.

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin from Old Tote
Check out our new toy bin!  I’m so in love with the way it turned out!!

This is all you need:

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin - Supplies Needed
Pictures courtesy of Home DepotHobby Lobby and Fabric Depot
  • Plastic storage tote
  • Jute
  • four wheels
  • 16 bolts with nuts
  • fabric – I actually used an old sheet
  • glue gun and lots of glue sticks
  • Pieces of wood cut to the length of the tote
  • Drill

It’s actually quite simple!

Start by wrapping the entire bin in jute using the glue gun.  I started underneath since I new the wheels would keep the jute from rubbing the ground.  And since you are wrapping the rim of the tote with the fabric, you don’t even have to go all the way to the top.

Just keep wrapping!  This is the perfect project to work on when you need to catch up on your favorite recorded shows.  I was able to catch up on Glee and Army Wives:)

Turn the tote over and glue the wood pieces in place.

Use a marker to mark the holes on the wood.

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin Steps to Add Wheels

Drill your holes through the wood and tote.

Attach wheels using bolts and nuts.

Cut fabric and sew a seam along both edges.  Wrap fabric around the edge of the tote and overlap.  Attach with your glue gun.  Glue edges of the fabric to the inside of the tote along the bottom.

Then, fill with toys and admire your clean floors.  Woohoo!  No more stepping on toys!!

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin - Before & After

I had most of the supplies needed to turn this tote into our new toy bin but if you needed to buy everything, you could definitely do it for around $20.

So what do you think?  Have you made anything with jute recently?  How do you store your children’s toys?

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Wooden Doormat {My Pinterest Project}

This month’s Pinterest project was definitely a labor of love!   I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest (I’m sure you’ve seen it).

So I headed out to gather my supplies and a few days later this is what my doormat looked like:

I ended up only needing 5 – 1x2x8’s and I didn’t use the metal rods.  I decided to use jute rope instead so my total cost was around $18.  I bought a small sample of the paint color I wanted, I bought the primed white wood that was around $2.50 for each piece and I already had the sand paper, paint brush and jute rope.

I decided to use the rope instead of the metal rods because I knew I would never drill the holes perfectly in the center of each piece of wood and since I don’t have any fancy tools, this was the best way to do this project.  Plus, cutting the metal rods seemed like a pain so this was much easier on so many different levels.

I had most of the wood cut at the store.  The smallest they can cut the wood is 12 inches so I had the wood cut into 18 inch pieces (since I needed each piece to be 9 inches).  Then when I got home all I had to do was cut the pieces in half.


I only needed 33 pieces of wood – 9 inches long.  I left off a layer at the bottom of the mat because it started to look too wide so I used less than original plans call for.

Then I drilled my holes, sanded the wood and painted each piece red.

When the paint was dry, I threaded the rope through the holes and tied knots at the top and bottom of each column.  Tip:  Wrap scotch tape around the edges of the jute to make it easy to thread through the holes.  On the end columns, I tied knots after each piece of wood.  This helps when your holes aren’t exactly in the center of the wood.

I’m definitely happy with the way it turned but I would not want to do it again.  And although, it was time consuming I do recommend this project and love the way it looks.  All I’m saying is this door mat better last forever!!

So what do you think?  I would love for you to leave a comment below and don’t forget to link up your Pinterest project HERE.    We want to see how Pinterest has inspired you lately!!

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Jute Rope Bowl

I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you all today!  I shared this tutorial a few weeks ago on Sew Can Do and now I want to share it with all of you.

I have been racking my brain for months on how to create a fun, unique fruit bowl.  I knew it couldn’t be glass because Connor is always reaching for fruit.  I also knew I didn’t want to spend more than $10 because I’m cheap!

Can you guess what it’s made out of? 
Did anyone guess a vinyl record?

After looking around for inspiration, I decided to combine two ideas that I came across:  a vinyl record bowl and a rope bowl.

This is all you need:

  • a vinyl record
  • jute rope
  • glue gun and glue sticks

Heat oven to 200 degrees.  Then place the record on top of the glass bowl.  I also placed my bowl on a cookie sheet so it was easier to put in and take out of the oven.

Place in oven for about 8 minutes.
Remove from oven.  Turn the bowl over and place record inside bowl.  Place back in oven for about 5 minutes.
Take out and push record inside of the bowl.  Let cool and then remove from bowl.

Heat up our glue gun and start gluing the jute rope to the vinyl record bowl.  I started on the bottom outside of the bowl.  Just keep putting glue on the vinyl record and gluing the rope to the bowl.

And keep gluing and wrapping.  Once you reach the rim of the bowl, start gluing to the inside.

Then fill your adorable, unique bowl with whatever you want!

This bowl cost around $5.00 to make.  The vinyl record was $1.00 from a local thrift store.  The rope was around $3.00 and I needed glue sticks that I got for $1.00.

Can’t beat that price!!  So what do you think?  My favorite part is that it isn’t perfectly round and each bowl would be different.

I hope this inspires you to make your own bowl using a vinyl record and jute rope.

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