Make a Custom Desk Organizer!

Do you have desk drawers that are so scary, you can never find what you are looking for in the massive piles of supplies? 

If everything in your desk drawer is loose and at first glance, you have push pins, pens, coins, gum, and paper clips all floating around aimlessly in the drawer, you need a quick and easy solution!

This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold smaller items, desk decorations, duct tape, washi tape, or any other office supplies you don’t want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

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DIY Organizer Tutorial:

You can organize that desk drawer so easy – AND make it match your own personal style and color scheme!  Plus, it will cost you less than $10 to do it!

Items to gather:

  • Craft or Artist’s Supply Box
  • Scrapbook Paper in an assortment of colors
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Glue or Tape

Instructions:

Step 1: Start by taking the lid of the top of your box and removing the tabs included.

This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

Step 2: Design your custom compartments by choosing where to place the dividers, thinking about what you already have sitting in your desk drawer. I have a variety of areas for different sized items. Feel free to create more or less depending on your needs.

This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

Step 3: Decide which papers will go in which area. Starting with one, flip the paper upside down and place the tray over the top. Mark the area on your paper. (Using a ruler and paper cutter for these steps will make for a much more precise measurement, straight line, and cut. Mine were done freehand though, which is also fine.)

This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

Step 4: Place your papers into the correct spots, using glue or tape to secure in place.

This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

Step 5: Place your loose desk items into your new organizer, place back into the drawer, and be able to find everything again!

This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

Other Tips/Suggestions:

You can customize the slots and the paper you use to match your own personal stye, or the style of someone else (maybe a great holiday gift?).

Need a way to make sure the organizer does not slide all over the drawer it is placed in? Pop some round velcro dots on the four corners of the bottom of the tray, and attached the matching piece to the drawer.

Stays in place no matter how times you open and shut your drawers!

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This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

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This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

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This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

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This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

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This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

No scrapbook paper handy? Would you like a free template pack? Grab it below.

This DIY desk organizer idea is super easy to put together and will hold office supplies you don't want rolling around in a wide open drawer space.

I would love to hear how you could use it in your classroom!

See you there,

~Charity

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