I haven’t gone “back to school” in years, but that doesn’t stop me from loving the whole back-to-school thing! Whyyyyy is it so exciting and satisfying to get all of your pencils and paperclips and binders neat and organized and ready to rock for the year ahead? I just don’t know. But every year around the time that we spot the end of summer on the horizon, I get totally pumped to reorganize my desk and all of my junk. So in the spirit of getting the twelve thousand pens and pencils that float around my life all organized, I made this simple DIY back to school desk organizer to inspire us all!
Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)
Step 1: Measure and cut out all of your pieces of foam core. See the image for measurements. For cutting, we recommend making a light pencil line, then lining up your ruler on the line, and cutting with your craft knife. Make a first pass with the knife that is pretty shallow; this creates a perforation for the knife to follow. Press more firmly on subsequent cuts. It should take you 4 or 5 passes to cut through the foam core.
Step 2: Once the piece are all cut, assemble the desk organizer. Use the image as a guide. Spread glue only on the edges of the pieces that will be inside the organizer and unexposed. Once the pieces are assembled, hold them together while they are drying with clamps. If you don’t have clamps, you can arrange heavy books on either side of the organizer to keep the glued pieces from sliding or falling open.
Step 3: Choose a front side for your organizer. On the front side, paint a solid layer of craft paint. Allow to dry.
Step 4: Once dry, mask off a diagonal angle on the front of the organizer with wash tape. Paint a complementary color above the tape; remove the tape while the paint is still drying.
Step 5: If you’d like a third color, repeat Step 4 once all paint is dry. Remove the tape and allow the paint to dry and cure overnight.
Put all your pencils, pens, scissors, and goodies in that bad boy and gear up for the school year! And by the way, can you even believe that lots of schools are back in session as of this week?!? Sheesh. I remember going back in early September when I was a kid. I loved that. But here we are! And it’s a good thing our little desk organizer is here too. xoxo