How to Make a Cardboard Desk Top Organizer

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How to Make a Cardboard Desk Top Organizer
A messy desk can be inexpensively uncluttered with a carboard desk organiser. (Martin Poole/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

An organised desk creates a productive workspace. Thus, it's no surprise that work gets bogged down when paper clips, pens and sticky notes are scattered all over your work surface. However, you don't need to blow your home organising budget on a prefabricated desk organiser. Combing recycled cardboard materials with a few craft supplies and old-fashioned ingenuity will allow you to make your own cardboard desk organiser in less time than it takes to run to the office supply store.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Flat piece of cardboard
  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Scissors
  • Empty tissue box
  • Hot glue
  • Cardboard box
  • Coloured paper
  • Markers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a flat, sturdy piece of cardboard to act as the base of the organiser. Determine the size and shape of the base depending on the amount of space available for an organiser to sit on your desk, and how much you'd like the organiser to hold.

  2. 2

    Cut an empty cardboard paper towel roll into one piece six inches long and two pieces three inches long. Remove the top of an empty tissue box by cutting around the top with scissors. Create additional areas for holding items by cutting pieces of a cardboard box to the desired length and height.

  3. 3

    Decorate each piece of the organiser before continuing with assembly. Wrap the paper towel roll pieces and the tissue box in coloured construction paper. Draw colourful designs on the base and on additional cardboard pieces to personalise the appearance of the organiser.

  4. 4

    Arrange each item on the cardboard base piece. Set cardboard dividers far enough apart to accommodate items like sticky notes or staplers. Secure the cardboard roll pieces in place by running a line of hot glue around the perimeter of the roll and holding it in place until dry. Use the same process for securing the cardboard dividers and tissue box.

  5. 5

    Allow the glue to set for one hour before filling the organiser with office supplies.

Tips and warnings

  • The cardboard roll sections are ideal for storing pens and paper clips, while the tissue box can be used for scissors or other large items.
  • Hot glue guns should only be used by an adult or with adult supervision.

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