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