Two weeks ago I was looking at the table my husband and I use for our gaming desk and realized it was a chaotic mess. Like ridiculously messy! My goal was to clean it up and organize all of our junk before my husband came back from the field. Did that happen? Nope. Definitely not. However, I did have ideas for getting everything sorted out. Originally the idea was to search Amazon until the perfect organizing tools were found. Only problem was that I didn’t want to spend any money on something that was just going to sit there. After pondering about what to buy I came to a conclusion — make my own organizers!
The before pic posted below is a total mess and here is why —
Everything and I mean EVERYTHING is done at my computer. Blogging, paying bills, gaming, looking up recipes, and sometimes even watching Netflix. The desk is two steps away from the kitchen as well so when it’s time to cook I’m right there. Since the husband was gone for a month I knew that there was nobody that would be disturbed by the mess. Everything was literally right there within reach! Dog treats? Check! Cleaning supplies? Check! Mail that will someday get opened? Check! Almond butter? Double check! I’m guilty of being a clutter fiend.
Yeah, it was pretty awful.
Back on point — creating your own organizers is not only easy but it’s cost effective. Don’t spend $10-30 for an organizing thingamajig just make a creative one yo’ damn self!
Don’t forget to grab a pair of scissors or a box cutter as well! (Can’t believe I left that part out it’s pretty essential — dahoy!)
While creating this crafty little project it became obvious that using scrapbook paper was a little difficult. If you know scrapbook paper — which I’m sure most of you do — it’s thicker than regular paper which makes it stiff. Bending the scrapbook paper into the right shapes and using the tacky glue was a little more involved than I wanted. However the end result with the scrapbook paper was REALLY nice! The design on the bottom is velvety which make sit feel like elegant-like!
Moving along to the next project using washi tape… I’m going to confess that I have never used washi tape before in the past. I did buy a lot of it on Amazon because pretty colors that you can stick to things? Uhh… yes. Sign me up always. This trial was a little more daunting to me since I had no idea how well the washi tape was going to stick. It doesn’t seem to be particularly sticky when you peel it off the roll. When I put it onto the box I was unsatisfied to say the least. I started with rainbow washi tape (rainbows EVERYWHERE!!) and you could see through the tape to the logos on the box. Count Chocula did not want to be covered.
Which brings me on to the next part of the optional materials — plain paper. When I glued white printer paper to the cereal box it made all the difference in the world. The design still showed faintly through the white paper but once I applied washi tape Count Chocula was never to be seen again!
Creating these masterpieces is so simple and even fun to do. Grab a cereal box in any size and figure out how you want to cut it. If you’re looking to create a magazine or mail holder then cut it like I did above. First, you’ll want to draw out where you’re going to be cutting. I used a pen and just a sheet of paper to make an even-ish line.
Once the lines are established then it’s time to start cutting. My recommendation is to use a box cutter to make it easier on yourself. I wish we had a box cutter when I worked on this but all we had was scissors. If scissors are all you have to work with then I suggest cutting away at pieces of it at a time. The angle makes it difficult to keep the scissors following the line you drew. This is literally the hardest part of the entire project.
After the box is cut and you have the shape you desire decide if you’re going to use washi tape or scrapbook paper. If using scrapbook paper then have your tacky glue at the ready! When getting your scrapbook paper fitted to your box be sure to size the paper up against the box. Depending on the size of the box and the paper you may have to use several pieces of scrapbook paper. Try to think ahead for this part!
For the project below I used 2 pieces of scrapbook paper and it worked perfectly. Also, I totally eyeballed this project and didn’t bother with any measuring. If you are someone who needs direct measurements then do so. Outline the shape of the box on the back of your paper and cut a generous amount outside of the outline. The paper is going to need to fold over and be glued to the inside of the box so you want extra.
Once you have the main part of this glued down it’s time to fold over that excess and glue it to the inside! Nobody wants to see cardboard edges showing when the outside looks so incredible. Corners can be particularly tricky but fortunately I was smart enough to take a picture before I glued the back!
Cutting out a little from these parts will keep your corners from looking lumpy from too much paper clumping together. Nobody wants clumpy corners! Once you glue down those corners you’re good to go! Let the glue from your nifty project dry before you use it just in case any glue seeped through. That’s it!
If washi tape is the direction you want to go it’s even more simple than the scrapbook paper method. If you choose to cover up the box with plain paper you don’t have to be precise. Cut out enough to cover the sides and then use the scraps to fill in the rest of it. The washi tape will cover up all the random scraps of paper nicely.
The washi tape can go on any way you like. Want to mix different designs? Go for it! The possibilities with washi tape is endless and if you make a mistake just gently peel it off.
After I made a magazine holder out of a large box of Cheerios I realized the possibilities were endless. I raided our cupboard and found a box of popcorn.
The space between my area and my husband’s is much neater! I do need to cover up the backing of the rainbow box but that will take me five minutes. It was the perfect size to hold an external hard drive I don’t currently need plugged in. Also I’m able to hide things behind my creations! There’s a can of air to clean my keyboard hiding back there. It’s ugly so now I don’t have to look at it!
I noticed that the more I did the better they became. So let’s break down why making your own DIY desk organizers is a great idea again:
You will save money.
You can be creative.
You are recycling your old boxes.
Think outside of the box. In this case with the box.
Please share your thoughts in the comments section below I would love your input!