Get Organised! DIY Drawer Dividers

This was a super exciting challenge!  Our last house was built with very limited storage space, especially in the upstairs bedrooms.  To make the most of the space available, we had a storage bed in one of the bedrooms.  That is to say, a bed which has eight drawers and two cupboards built into its base.  These drawers and cupboards are fantastically useful and back in 2015 we used them to store everything from bed linen and clothing to makeup and random bits and bobs.

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The one failing of this system was the lack of order within the drawers as they are so large that everything got jumbled up together… so I decided  that I was going to try my hand at some DIY to make a drawer divider system to help keep things separated and well organised.

Historically, I had demonstrated no aptitude whatsoever for DIY projects, however, I was absolutely determined to make this work – I was motivated out of necessity, you could say.

I still had several rolls of fabric left over from years ago so I picked out one to use as the base colour of the interior of the drawer and dividers, plus a second fabric to use for the trim.  Other than that, all that was required was some foamboard, adhesive spray, a measuring tape/ruler, pencil, cutting mat, box cutter, scissors, and black cat for luck and moral support (optional).

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The first thing I did was measure the internal length, width and height of the drawers, and carefully sketched onto the foamboard the different pieces: the bottom piece, two shorter sides, two longer sides and some dividers (these were exactly the same measurements as the pieces for the two shorter sides).  Then I cut them all out using the box cutter, and made sure each piece fit properly inside the drawer.

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Next, I got out my base colour fabric and using my pieces of foamboard as guides, I cut out a piece of fabric to cover one side of the largest cut piece of foamboard (which was going to cover the bottom of the drawer), with about an inch of overhang on all four sides.

For the rest, I cut out pieces of material big enough to cover both sides of each foamboard shape.

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Then I measured out and cut 2 inch wide strips to fit the length of each piece (other than the bottom piece which obviously did not require any trim).

After that it was just a matter of using the spray adhesive to glue the fabric to each piece of foamboard, and then repeating the process by gluing on the trim.

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And that was it, everything was ready to pop into the drawer!

Two years later, and I am still using these drawer dividers to keep everything organised in the storage bed.

In fact, since making these drawer dividers, my husband and I have utilised our skills to make our own cutlery organisers and desk drawer dividers, using the same method as outlined above, only using vinyl wallpaper samples rather than fabric!

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Honey, Apple and Carrot Dog Treats

Do you have a pet that is a super fussy eater?  We sure do!  In fact, we have TWO… Lila and Rumo are our beautiful Alaskan Malamute twins… and they can be ridiculously picky about what they will eat, especially when it comes to dog treats.

One of our dogs’ favourite New Thing A Day challenges I did back in 2015 was learning how to make them some homebaked dog biscuits.  I have tried a number of different recipes since then but this one remains their absolute favourite.

We had received a very thoughtful Christmas gift from our family: an adorable set of dog biscuit recipes together with the cutest cookie cutters.

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So, on Day 3 of keeping my 2015 New Year’s resolution to try a new thing a day, I was keen to try my hand at baking some dog biscuits for the very first time. I selected an apple and honey biscuit recipe because our dogs definitely like sweet treats, plus we already had all of the necessary ingredients.  I decided to add carrots to the ingredients because our dogs are especially fond of carrots.

From the moment I started grating the apples and carrots, the pupsters knew I was up to something interesting and shadowed my every move as I mixed and rolled out the dough, cut out the shapes and placed them onto baking sheets.

Once the biscuits had been baked to perfection, I took out the freshly baked biscuits from the oven, and even to me they smelled gooooood!  Lila and Rumo frantically went through a whole repertoire of tricks in an attempt to persuade us they deserved a cookie: offering paws, high fives, sitting, lying down, wooing…you name it!

When the treats had sufficiently cooled down, and Lila and Rumo had calmly sat down and waited politely, they were each rewarded with a biscuit.

THEY LOVED THEM!!! 

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So much so, that in fact, a little later on, when we had left the kitchen, Lila snuck back in and decided to do a little countersurfing, helping herself from the cooling rack – very, very naughty behaviour indeed!  But from a fluffy princess who turns up her nose at almost every dog treat in existence, it just goes to show what a big hit these were!

The recipe states that these treats will keep for 3 weeks in an airtight container but I cannot say for certain because our dogs make sure they never last that long 🙂

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HONEY, APPLE AND CARROT DOG TREATS RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 (Sweet) apple – grated
  • 1 Large carrot – grated
  • 250g Seed and grain wholemeal flour
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tsp Sunflower oil
  • 1 Egg

Method:

Line baking sheets with greaseproof paper and preheat oven to 180 C (350 F / Gas Mark 4).

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until it becomes a smooth dough.

Place dough onto a well floured surface and roll out to 5mm thickness.  Cut into shapes using cookie cutters and place on baking sheets.

Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until lightly golden brown on top.  (30 minutes for a softer, chewier biscuit or 40 minutes for a crunchier texture)

Allow to cool completely on cooling rack before transferring to airtight container.

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