Recently a local library system discarded 30 boxes of media cases–DVD/CD cases, etc. with the intention of taking them to the Waste Not Center. With Wate Not no longer operational, the materials were distributed to various Etsy Team Columbus members, including myself; and we were tasked with doing something useful with this windfall of would-be trash.
In our never-ending quest to make our humble gallery space warm and inviting, I suggested we swap out our industrial shop calendar (now actually in the shop!) with this project which used up 35 of these slim plastic DVD cases.
It turns out, you can use dry-erase markers on the plastic sleeving, just like a whiteboard; plus you can slide paper (or photos and other mementos if you were to re-create at home) such as I did for this project– a pack of matching scrapbook paper ($3, Big Lots) and some day-of-the- week clip art printed on solid card stock.
For the dry-erase calendar, I used 5 rows of 7 columns (35 DVD cases in total) with scrapbook paper cut to the size of the DVD sleeve insert (in this case 7.25″ X 5″) slipped in each top sleeve.
They were arranged to all face the same direction (hinge side towards the top) and the back was hot-glued onto a scrap piece of particle board, which was a little smaller than the span of the 7 columns, so we let them overhang on all sides but the top (as Matt reasoned, so when we take it down/move it, we can put it on a flat plane without knocking them off).
It turned out that the hot glue was not quite strong enough to hold the cases to the particle board, so Matt ran through with the staple gun to secure (if I were so inclined, I’d say “I told you so,” here, but I’ll refrain…heh heh).
Since you can still open and close the cases, you can staple (or nail a brad) through the plastic into the board, and close the top. This also makes hidden mounts possible–Matt screwed right through the back of the corner cases, through the board and into studs. Simple, cheap, functional, and dare I use the term pretty here?
I’ll point out one other little thrifty organizing feature from the main photo at top, our new “Intern Station.” Courtesy of Pinterest perusing, a re-purposed dish rack becomes a file folder organizer where message logs, liability waivers, and other frequently-accessed forms are easily accessed, is conveniently mobile, and even has a spot for pens and other supplies.