DIY Ombre Stripe Valentine Office Supplies

DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
I’ve been feeling so inspired by Valentine color palettes lately! This ombre palette wanted to make its way into my workspace, so when ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape wanted to partner up on this little project I knew it was the perfect match. These supplies have been cheering up my office for a while now, and they make getting organized just a bit prettier. Let’s make some!


Make Time: 2 Hours

Before we get started, be sure that you choose office supplies to which your paint will adhere well. I found a few notebooks and a pencil cup with sturdy kraft cardboard covers, and a binder that the paint adhered to nicely.

DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
To create the striped notebook and binder, begin by masking off the edges (where the holes are punched) with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector for super sharp paint lines. Depending on the width that you’d like the stripes, cut strips of the tape and apply them to the front of the notebook. Smooth down the edges of the tape so that no paint seeps underneath.

DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
Apply paint to the un-taped areas of the notebook. I love the ombre stripes getting darker at the bottom, so I used light colors on the top and worked my way down to the dark. Use your imagination!

DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
Once the stripes are painted, carefully remove the tape from the notebook, being cautious not to rip any portion of the cover. I love this part, because you can really see the beautiful sharp edges that ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape creates.

DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
For the rest of the pieces in the office set, I used a variation on the technique from the notebook. For colorblocked pencils, tape off the eraser portion of the pencil and paint the remainder one color. You may need a few coats. Once it’s completely dry, move the tape down on the pencil a couple of inches and paint the lower half of the pencil a complementary color. Let it dry, remove the tape, and sharpen ’em up!

DIY Ombre Painted Office Supplies
To create a similar look on a pencil cup, paint a whole cup one color. Once completely dry, tape off a one or two-inch section toward the bottom of the cup. Flip it upside down and paint the taped-off lower section. Let it all dry, remove the tape, and add your pencil cup to your office collection.

And finally, to add a few mini notebooks to your collection, just tape off the top area near the binding and smooth the tape down. Paint the uncovered portion of the front of the notebook. If your notebook covers begin to curl a bit with the paint, never fear! You can mold them back into shape after it’s all dry.

I just love this collection! It would be an awesome Valentine gift to a co-worker or an organized pal. And the cool thing is that you can vary the colors and customize this project for any day of the year. Sending big Valentine hearts to the folks at ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for helping us organize and craft at the very same time! For more ideas and to follow along, find ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. xoxo




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  1. It’s so pretty and simple!
    Must try asap especially because it’s perfect for springtime!
    A fashion & DIY blog…

  2. chelsea on said:

    They turned out so good!

  3. sue on said:

    love the color palette! great DIY… I know I need to do this and add some color to distract from the ugly office furniture.. great post!

  4. Maru on said:

    This is very pretty! Great idea!

  5. elaine costa on said:

    Boy, those colors just light up the room, don’t they? Fun project and great little gifties!

  6. Emily on said:

    What a cute DIY! These would make great gifts, or they would make cute desk decorations!

  7. Brittni on said:

    So cute! I love the mini notebooks and pencils especially.

    • chelsea on said:

      Me too! Those actually ended up being my faves, even though the project started with the ombre stripes. Your good taste is starting to rub off on me. 😉

    • chelsea on said:

      Aw, thanks girl! I loved doing this one.

  8. Lea on said:

    Such an easy an pretty project 🙂

  9. So pretty! I love the ombre…and all the pink!!! I could do valentine’s day year round! 🙂

  10. Amy on said:

    I love them! The colors are perfect. And I love ombre! ^_^

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Amy! It was such a fun color palette to work with.

  11. sara on said:

    Hi .So beautiful.

  12. lauren on said:

    Hi! I would use the anthropologie gift card on home decor for my new house! Thank you, love your blog!

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  14. Tiffany on said:

    Hi! Im one of your silent but big followers! I bought your book the day it came out. 🙂 anyway, I absolutely love this post. But do you know I’ve had a near impossible time finding blank kraft cover office supplies!!! Where did you get yours? The only place I found to buy some was in the uk! <3

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