Shopping List Organizer – A DIY Project And turn an empty toilet paper roll into a pen holder, too!

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

Need some organization in your kitchen?  Who doesn’t?!  I like to have everything I need to make my shopping list in the same place and it definitely has to be in the kitchen.  So, I made this easy project to corral my shopping list, post-its, pens, and coupons on my refrigerator in an easy-to-reach location.  Scroll down to see how I used a $1 cookie sheet, scrap cardboard, and an empty toilet paper roll to create a Shopping List Organizer.

What a Crazy Few Weeks It Has Been

I must tell you that the last few weeks – really ever since Christmas – have been filled with holidays, snow days, and sick days.  We have not had one full week of our normal schedule since before Christmas.  And, since I thrive on a schedule, I tend to fall apart without one.  Nonetheless, the last few weeks have been a little rough for me getting things accomplished.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

I have also started a new venture – one that is just a little too new to mention just yet.  However, I have added one more activity to my already overflowing schedule.  This is a good change, but I always need a little more time than most to acclimate to change.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

So, for my first post in a while, I have chosen a really easy project but one that can be very useful.  Organization is one thing (one of many) that keeps me sane.  In my life, everything has its place and when there is an item out of place, I get a bit upset.  Ok, I freak out – just a little bit.  I mean how hard is it to put your skateboard tools IN the drawer instead of ON TOP of the stand?  Or hang your sweatshirt on a hook instead of on the back of a chair?  Looking around at my house, it must be extremely difficult!

One example of an area that needed some organization is where I keep my shopping list.  I had a note pad hanging on the side of the refrigerator with a basket with miscellaneous pens, post-its, coupons, etc.  Just about everything I needed was there, but it was not organized and definitely not pretty (and if you have read any of my previous posts you know that I need my things to be pretty).  So, I decided to spruce it up a bit and add a little organization (and prettiness) with a Shopping List Organizer.

Shopping List Organizer

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Awhile back, I pinned How to DIY a Magnetic Organizer from a Dollar Store Cookie Sheet  from The Crazy Craft Lady. That was the inspiration for this project.  However, I added a box to store my Post-Its and a container for my pens and pencils to round out my Shopping List Organizer.


  • 13” x 9” cookie sheet
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper or other decorative paper
  • Cardboard scraps
  • An empty toilet paper roll
  • A roll of magnetic tape

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

I started with a cookie sheet I picked up at Walmart for $0.88 (ooh –$0.12 cheaper than the Dollar Tree!) and a roll of Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) Project Paper in the Postcards pattern.  However, I have not used Mod Podge like this in a LONG time.  But I thought I could figure it out.  Boy, was I wrong!  I coated the cookie sheet in Mod Podge, added the paper, and put on a top coat of Mod Podge – and my cookie sheet was covered in bubbles!  It was bad – really bad.  I thought it might have been the paper I was using (it is a little on the thick side).  So, I ripped up the paper and tried again with regular scrapbook paper.  Again, FAIL!

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

Now, at this point I was ready to give up.  But, I really wanted to do this project, so I Googled “how to apply Mod Podge without getting bubbles”.  Well, I found so many different suggestions to help keep the bubbles at bay.  After reading a bunch of different pages and posts, I decided to try a few of the techniques I read.

If you get bubbles with Mod Podge, try this:

  1. Using a spray can of acrylic sealer, spray both the front and back sides of the paper. I used two thin coats and then allowed to dry overnight.
  2. Using a paint brush, apply a medium layer of Mod Podge to both the surface you are adhering to and the back of the paper.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Place the paper on the surface and smooth it out with your hands.
  2. If you still have bubbles like I did, use a roller or something with a flat edge (I used an applicator for vinyl, but you could also use a credit card) to smooth out the bubbles.

I still had a few bubbles

But they were barely noticeable, and I had also read that as the Mod Podge dries, some of the bubbles will disappear.  So, I stopped there.  But the most important tip is this last step:

  1. Wait to apply the top coat of Mod Podge until the first coat is dry! This makes a huge difference with the bubbles but also the paper does not rip as easily because it is not wet.

I had started this project one night after dinner and after my two failed attempts, I only had time to spray my paper with acrylic sealer before going to bed.  Then, the next morning I applied the Mod Podge to the cookie sheet and the paper, adhered the paper, and smoothed out most of the bubbles.  I waited a few hours and then applied the top coat of Mod Podge.  And it worked!  I had a few tiny bubbles, but with the pattern on the paper I could barely see them.  This was a WIN!

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

Now that I had finished my cookie sheet (finally), I added some magnet strips to the back and part one was ready to go.

Next up for my Shopping List Organizer, I wanted to make a box to hold my Post-Its.  The box was relatively easy.  I measured the square Post-It Note pad, added a little to the sides, and cut some cardboard.  Instead of writing it out here, I made a pattern with the directions and you can download it below.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

And lastly, I wanted a container for my pens and pencils.  This was the tricky part.  I didn’t want another box and I wanted something rounded.  But couldn’t find anything on Pinterest or a round container that would work.  I’m not sure how I decided to use an empty toilet paper roll, but it worked perfectly.

Make your container for pens and pencils:

  1. Cut a 1” section out of the toilet paper roll.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Score a line at ½” from each edge. Fold in and crease well.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Trace and cut a 2” diameter circle and a 2” x 4” rectangle out of cardboard. (Cereal boxes and the cardboard squares that come in Fat Quarters work well.) Cut the circle in half.
  2. Cover the toilet paper roll and rectangle with scrapbook paper (I just used an Elmer’s glue stick and tape).
    • Make sure to overlap 1-2” on the top curve so you won’t see the bare cardboard when finished.
    • Also, to make it easier to fit around the curve, cut notches around the edge.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Trace the half-circle and cut it out the scrapbook paper – but do not adhere it yet!
  2. Attach the straight side of the half-circle to the short side of the back piece
  3. Use a hot glue gun to attach the half-circle to the bottom edge of the curved piece.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Adhere the sides of the toilet paper roll to the back piece with hot glue.
    • Use a ruler or pencil to hold the top to the back to make sure the entire side is attached.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Cover the bottom with the half-circle piece of paper.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer


Now that my Post-It Box and Pen & Pencil Container were finished, I added some magnetic strips to the back, so they will attach to my Shopping List Organizer.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

All I had left to do was set it up the way I wanted it.  In addition to my Post-It Box and Pen & Pencil Container, I attached a notepad for my shopping list, used a magnetic clip to hang a mini calendar, added one of my Polaroid Photo Clothespin Magnets to hang coupons, and added one of my Quote Magnets just because 😊

Here is the before picture: (it is a bad photo – not just because it is cluttered but the lighting in my kitchen is not conducive to photos)

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

And here is the finished product – A Shopping List Organizer:

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

I am quite pleased with the finished product.  It is much prettier than my cluttered area and I have everything I need at my fingertips when I write my shopping list.

Where do you keep your shopping list?

Is it as cluttered and messy as mine was?  How do you keep your shopping list organized?  Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you enjoyed this project and Add a Little Shimmer to your life today by making a Shopping List Organizer.

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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