DIY Nesting Desk Organizer


It’s the perfect time of year for a Spring Cleaning! Between my craft supplies, photo props and other blogging gear, my home studio could really use some tidying. My desk, for one, can easily get buried under office supplies that I use everyday and never seem to put away.

When I, Anusha, found a simple wooden tray, I knew with a little DIY-ing it would be a perfect desk catchall. This DIY nesting desk organizer neatly fits together AND has a spot for everything. It’s so easy to customize and make it your own too!

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Start with a wooden tray or box that you can find at Michaels and other craft stores that measures about 9 in. x 6 in. 1.5 in.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Measure the dimensions of the box and mark down what sizes you’ll need to build. To build different size boxes, you can replace our size dimensions with your numbers. We created: 1 tall box that was 3 in. x 4 in. x 3 in., 1 long box that was 8.75 in. x 1.5 in. x 2.5 in., 1 box that was 5.5 in. x 1.75 in. x 3 in., and a tiny box that was 2.25 in. x 1.25 in. x 1.5 in.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

For the first tall box, cut two pieces of basswood with the x-acto knife that measure 3 in. x 4 in. To cut the basswood, lightly score the wood a few times and it will easily cut through.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Then cut two pieces that measure 2.75 in. x 4 in for the parallel sides. The shorter pieces will be glued inside the longer sides. Finally cut a piece for the bottom of the box which will measure 3 in. x 3 in.  If you want to paint the inside of box, you can do that now before gluing the wood sides together.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Use super glue to glue the sides together in a butt joint. A butt joint is when one piece of wood is butted up against another piece to form a corner.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Allow each side to dry before you continue. Add glue into the corners to reinforce the hold.  Lastly, glue the bottom of the box on. Finally sand any rough edges. Optional: You can paint the outside of the box too once it’s all dry. Repeat steps 4 – 8 to build the rest of the boxes!

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Finally somewhere to put washi tapes, ribbons and my tiny cactus! What would be in your desk organizer?

Anusha Rajeswaran

Anusha is the DIY home + craft blogger behind her blog, Fish & Bull. With a background in Drawing & Painting, she blends the art of handcrafting with simple, colorful home decoR.
See more of her amazing DIY’s on Fish & Bull

Read more from Anusha Rajeswaran

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer


It’s the perfect time of year for a Spring Cleaning! Between my craft supplies, photo props and other blogging gear, my home studio could really use some tidying. My desk, for one, can easily get buried under office supplies that I use everyday and never seem to put away.

When I, Anusha, found a simple wooden tray, I knew with a little DIY-ing it would be a perfect desk catchall. This DIY nesting desk organizer neatly fits together AND has a spot for everything. It’s so easy to customize and make it your own too!

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Start with a wooden tray or box that you can find at Michaels and other craft stores that measures about 9 in. x 6 in. 1.5 in.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Measure the dimensions of the box and mark down what sizes you’ll need to build. To build different size boxes, you can replace our size dimensions with your numbers. We created: 1 tall box that was 3 in. x 4 in. x 3 in., 1 long box that was 8.75 in. x 1.5 in. x 2.5 in., 1 box that was 5.5 in. x 1.75 in. x 3 in., and a tiny box that was 2.25 in. x 1.25 in. x 1.5 in.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

For the first tall box, cut two pieces of basswood with the x-acto knife that measure 3 in. x 4 in. To cut the basswood, lightly score the wood a few times and it will easily cut through.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Then cut two pieces that measure 2.75 in. x 4 in for the parallel sides. The shorter pieces will be glued inside the longer sides. Finally cut a piece for the bottom of the box which will measure 3 in. x 3 in.  If you want to paint the inside of box, you can do that now before gluing the wood sides together.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Use super glue to glue the sides together in a butt joint. A butt joint is when one piece of wood is butted up against another piece to form a corner.

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Allow each side to dry before you continue. Add glue into the corners to reinforce the hold.  Lastly, glue the bottom of the box on. Finally sand any rough edges. Optional: You can paint the outside of the box too once it’s all dry. Repeat steps 4 – 8 to build the rest of the boxes!

DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.DIY Nesting Desk Organizer by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, home decor, and recipe blog.

Finally somewhere to put washi tapes, ribbons and my tiny cactus! What would be in your desk organizer?

Anusha Rajeswaran

Anusha is the DIY home + craft blogger behind her blog, Fish & Bull. With a background in Drawing & Painting, she blends the art of handcrafting with simple, colorful home decoR.
See more of her amazing DIY’s on Fish & Bull

Read more from Anusha Rajeswaran

Comments

  • Natalie Harney

    03.24.17

    I love this and the pastel colours are so perfect for spring!

    • Ashley said:

      So glad you like the DIY, Natalie! xo

  • Mary

    03.25.17

    I decided to get real fancy and purchased one of those minimal see through acrylic desks. It looks great, chic, clean and fancy but I have no drawers, no desk organization, no storage. It’s really just a blank canvas. All that to say this DIY is perfect for my new work area.

    • Ashley said:

      Haha! This sounds like an issue we’d have as well :) Glad we could help you find a solution!

  • Miriam

    03.25.17

    Superb! I love the modular concept!

    • Ashley said:

      So glad you like how this turned out! We’re excited to have Anusha contributing with us :)

  • Anjali

    03.28.17

    Love this! So neat!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Ashley said:

      Glad you like Anusha’s project :)

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