Freebie DIY: Recycled Food Storage Lid Organizer

Upcycled, Recycled DIY Tutorial: How to make a storage container for lids.

I am currently trying to go through my entire house to clean, purge and organize. The food storage container cabinet was my first stop in the kitchen.  This cabinet was really, really bad....I mean try to cram stuff in real quick and slam the door before everything falls out, bad.


 I started by dragging everything out on my kitchen floor.  I then went through each container and anything that was broken, seriously worn or missing a lid got tossed.  I then washed all the "keepers" and was left with this.

How to organize food storage lids for free


Thankfully most of the storage containers left were sets I bought from Ikea, (the ones with the green lids) that stack neatly together.  Unfortunately I was still left with the problem of organizing the lids.

Recycled DIY Organization Craft


When I saw this box I knew it would be PERFECT shape to organize the lids but really didn't like the idea of storing them in a dusty old box.

How to recycle a box into a food storage lid organizer.
Note: If you can't find a box with an opening you like, simply use a regular box and cut your own opening using a box cutter.

The solution to that issue was solved by a roll of Contact Paper (peel and stick shelf liner) I found laying in the bottom of my pantry.  Shelf paper can be wiped clean, so I why not use it cover the box? Problem solved.

I covered the entire box (inside and out) with contact paper.

Tutorial how to create a food storage lid organizer from an old box


How to cover an old box with shelf paper for easy clean up and organizing.

I used heavy duty box tape to seal each seam, edge and corner and it was all done.

Tutorial: Recycled box food storage lid container

Now I not only am I able to keep all  the lids in one place, I can easily flip through the lids and find the one I need.

Free Tutorial: How to organize food storage lids

Hope you found this tutorial helpful, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.  For more storage container and organizing ideas be sure to check out the Organization Section of my blog and happy crafting!

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16 comments :

  1. Great idea thanks for sharing. I needed a new spot for my kids but where did you out the containers themselves?

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    1. It's nothing more than a used cardboard box that I picked up from Aldi. All you have to do is find one the size you need and cut an opening in the front if it doesn't already have one. Hope this helps and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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    2. I need a new spot for my kids too. Where did you decide to put yours?

      Sometimes typos put a whole new spin on things! I love it, and thank you for making me laugh with your simple missed keystroke!

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    3. Lol I didn't even catch it! My brain automatically thought "lids" and I think I put my reply on the wrong comment. lol I have three teenagers so if someone has a tutorial on that, I need it as well! lol

      As for the containers I just stacked them one inside the other according to size and placed them back in the cabinet with the lid box. It's WAY neater and less frustrating in the cabinet now.

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  2. Just what I was looking for,tops all over the cupboard,Thank you

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    1. I was sooooooo tired of digging through them. So far this has worked for us.

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  3. Great idea. I store them in another plastic box.

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    1. Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  4. Anonymous9/18/2016

    Borei Design ..... you did not answer the question asked by noir801 on 8/21/16. She asked where you put the CONTAINERS themselves (the containers that the lids go on). You responded by telling her where to get the box that stores the lids.

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    1. It was a misplaced response. I've added it now. Sorry about that.

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  5. Anonymous9/18/2016

    I don't have as many containers at any given time so the box idea may be a bit much. BUT I do suggest using this technique on one of the mid to large containers missing the lid to do this same thing. I've used both contact paper & paint. I currently have several, for different areas, fridge storage, lunch, etc.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback and thanks for stopping by. :)

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  6. I used a plastic basket that had been floating around the being used for this and that. Works great. Now how do you get the rest of they family to put away the containers organized. Rofl ???

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    1. I left a threatening sticky note in the cabinet. lol

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  7. LOL!! Thanks for the laugh.

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    1. No problem!!!! LOL Thanks for stopping by! :)

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