JUST ONE TIP: Make your own tiered organizer!


Hey folks, Noelle here with a quick tutorial about how to make your own tiered organizer for all those mini items that need housing in your studio. After reading Valerie’s tip on corralling all those unused bits and pieces in plain sight, I decided that I wanted more desktop storage. In the past, I’ve thrown all those half colored images, or extra die cut pieces into a big basket marked “embellishments,” and it’s rare that they ever see the light of day again!  I hate to waste things, or miss out on that one cute doily because it’s hidden in the bottom of a box somewhere. So, I decided I wanted to implement Valerie’s idea in my own way…

Looking around online I saw so many different photos of tiered organizers that people had made from pie plates, cake pans, and more! I knew that was what I wanted to make since flat space is really short in my studio! Love this one by Life Made Creations…

First I went shopping in my own kitchen. I have a lot of vintage items in my studio, and one of the first items that popped into my head was to use my Gramma’s vintage Pyrex pie plate. I love the soft, worn, coral colored patina it has gotten from years of use. It also reminds me of my sweet Gramma, who passed away in April, so it’s a huge bonus to have it out where I can see it every day. 🙂 I haven’t used this dish much, because I have a glass pie dish that has the “built in” divots around the edge, since I never learned to properly make the edge of a crust! I also found an unused candlestick that would work to be the “in between” parts of the organizer.

Next morning I popped over to my local thrift store, I was tickled to find this cool muffin tin that’s ROUND- perfect for all those bits and pieces, a wood piece (unsure of what it was used for-but it helped my organizer have a very stable base) and this sturdy cake pan. All for 8$. SCORE!

I used spray paint to paint the bottom of the cake pan green, the round muffin tin blue, and the wood piece and candlesticks white. Then let it dry overnight.

I glued the whole thing together with a strong adhesive (I actually used something you may have laying around your craft room anyway, some Aleene’s Paper Glaze (Stampin’ Up Crystal Effects is the same thing). That stuff is an awesome glue, I’ve found through the years. Also, I added some punched DP circles to the inside of each muffin cup and coated that with the dimensional glaze as well, just for pretty’s sake! 😉

I had also found some old mini loaf pans at the thrift store, they worked well along with some small bowls from my kitchen to help separate like items.


Here’s some other tiered organizers I found around the web. Use your own style and crafty skills to personalize your own whatever way you’d like!

Here’s two great vintage examples shown at Dishfunctional Designs such a clever use of an old rolling pin and springform pans:

This one is sure cute, no paint required! Just some simple IKEA candlesticks and vintage cake pans from the thrift store (or maybe even your own kitchen).


If you’re a music lover or a musician, this one sure would be appropriate!

I’ve even seen several around that have used stove burner covers from the dollar store and mod podged scrapbook paper to them to cutesy them up. 🙂

Have a stellar day!


27 thoughts on “JUST ONE TIP: Make your own tiered organizer!”

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  4. Love your idea. I was about to buy the 3 tiered display stand. Your idea is much cooler. Can I know anywhere else online I can buy the round muffin pan?

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