Let’s be honest, you probably spend a lot of time at your desk doing things that might not be that fun . . . like papers, or studying, or other types of homework. But since you have to put in the time, you may as well be resourceful and turn your dull desk into an amazing DIY space with the projects found in this chapter! Here you’ll learn how to amp up existing organizational items like trays and mugs, and really make them cute as well as functional. You wouldn’t want to leave your bureau behind in all of this DIY fun, so you’ll also find projects to display there to bring it from boring to glam, to match your new DIY desk décor. By adding some pompoms here and some rhinestones there, these projects are guaranteed to make even the most boring items into sparkly and fun decorations! Let’s get started!
Magnetic Makeup Organizer
Stumped on where to store your favorite lip gloss or blush? Then declutter your collection with this Magnetic Makeup Organizer. Now you can display your favorite makeup in a single organized place, while hardly taking up any space at all. Magnetize your most frequently used items so that they’re always within reach to guarantee that you’ll never lose your favorites. Once you start using this, you won’t want to stop! You’ll want to add magnets to any and everything to fill your board!
- Glue gun
- Coin magnets, 1 per item you want to hang
- Makeup/miscellaneous items
- Magnetic board
- 2 thumbtacks or pushpins (optional)
- Start by adding a drop of glue to the back of one of the coin magnets.
- Before the glue dries, press your makeup item against the glue and hold it tight for 10 to 15 seconds. Make sure you glue the magnet to a part of the makeup that will not get in your way while using it. For lipstick, add the magnet to the cap, and for a makeup brush, place it near the bristles where you don’t hold it.
- If desired, use a thumbtack or pushpin to hang your magnetic board, where you do your makeup for easy access. Stick the makeup on the board, and you are good to go!
Gilded Geometric Print Pot
Nothing gets you motivated better than a cute workspace. Dress yours up and get organized with this shiny gold print pot. The geometric prints used in the project are totally in style and make for a useful desk accessory that is 100 percent your own creation! This metallic gold geometric printed pot is easy to customize and works well to store pens and pencils or whatever else you have on your desk. There are all kinds of possibilities for fun designs just waiting to be discovered, so get creative with your painter’s tape and make new designs simply by switching up the placement. You can make your gold print pot both unique and awesome!
- Garden pot (any size)
- 1 roll 3⁄4“–1” painter’s tape
- Stencil (optional)
- Gold liquid gilding
- 1 (1″) sponge brush
- #1 First, place the pot on its side and apply painter’s tape in two parallel, diagonal lines to the side of the pot, spaced about 1⁄2” apart. Make sure you smooth the tape down completely against the pot to prevent any paint from getting under it.
- #2 Next, starting from the middle of the second tape strip, add a third piece of tape perpendicular to the first, going diagonally toward the bottom of the pot. If you have a stencil you want to use, tape that on the pot in the place you want instead of applying painter’s tape. (See following image.)
- #3 Begin painting the gold between the parallel pieces of painter’s tape, making sure not to get any paint outside of the border they create.
- #4 Paint the lower section created by the third piece of painter’s tape, then set the pot aside to dry for about 20 minutes, or for the specified drying time on the jar of paint.
- #5 Once the paint is completely dry, slowly and carefully remove the painter’s tape from the pot to reveal your gold geometric pattern.
- #6 Now you are ready to get organized, so add your pens, pencils, or anything that needs to be stored!
MAKE IT PERSONAL!
This project shows you one way to create a pattern on your pot, but you can unlock a ton of others just by adding more tape strips or laying tape on the pot in different ways. Stripes, triangles, squares, you name it! The possibilities are endless!
Rope Pencil Holder
Give a simple tin can new life by turning it into a cute and practical desk organizer in this Rope Pencil Holder project. If you’re looking for another way to store all of your pens and pencils, this project is perfect! Plus it’s a great way to recycle stuff you probably already have on hand. I love the nautical look of this pencil holder, but if that’s not your thing, add lace or cover the outside with funky scrapbook paper instead!
21⁄2” × 4″ tin can
2 yards cording (any size)
- #1 Starting from the bottom of the can, use a large dollop of glue to attach one end of the cording to the can. This will be the back of the can; there will be a small empty space at the bottom, since the rope goes in a spiral around the can, but don’t worry about that.
- #2 Add glue to the can in long lines, moving in an upward spiral. Press and hold the cording down as you go, so that it sticks. Make sure that each level of cord is flush with the previous one, and that there are no gaps between rows.
- #3 Once the wrapped cord reaches the top of the can, secure the cord with a final dot of glue. If there is any extra cord at the end, trim it off and make sure that it is properly secured to the back of the can on the same side that you secured the end of the cording at the beginning.
MAKE IT PERSONAL!
You can use any size can that you’d like for this project! If you have something bigger or smaller than what’s called for in the instructions, just measure out your cording by wrapping it around the container you are working with to ensure you have enough to cover the entire thing. Even if you have more cording than you think you need, don’t cut it until the end of the project to avoid running out.
Shiny Mosaic Tray
Do you love repurposing items that you already have lying around the house and turning them into something new? Here you’ll transform old CDs into a shiny and stylish tray that you can use to store all kinds of things, from jewelry, hair clips, and ties to pens, pencils, and Post-its to anything you can’t find a place for. If you’re not sure where to find old CDs, ask your parents or hit up your local thrift store. Just make sure you don’t pick an artist that you actually like, or you might regret destroying it!
- 5 CDs
- 1 (10″ × 6″) acrylic tray Glue gun
- #1 Use your scissors to cut the CDs into small squares, triangles, rectangles, and other shapes. Try not to make them too elaborate since they will fit together later; think of the CD shards as puzzle pieces.
- #2 Once cut, separate your CD shards into groups of small and large pieces. The small pieces will be useful on the outer edges, or when filling in open spaces that may occur later. Large pieces are better suited for the inner portion of the tray.
- #3 Take your tray and, with the silver side up, glue the CD pieces into the bottom, starting at the outer sides. Try your best to fit them together, leaving small spaces between each one so that you can still see the bottom of the tray. When laying the pieces down, use triangular pieces to fit into small spaces, and use square pieces to cover large areas. Not all of the shards will fit together perfectly, and that’s okay. The main thing you want to worry about is getting the majority of the tray covered.
- #4 Once you have laid out your pieces, use the small shards to fill in any gaps. Wait about 20 minutes for the glue to dry, then use your new shiny tray to hold your paperclips, erasers, a USB drive, and more!
- Once you have laid out your pieces, use the small shards to fill in any gaps. Wait about 20 minutes for the glue to dry, then use your new shiny tray to hold your paperclips, erasers, a USB drive, and more!