5 Super Fast DIY Desk Projects

Happy Friday, sweet friends!! I have some super (and I mean suuuuper) easy DIY projects for you today. All five of these projects took an hour – tops – to pull together once I had the supplies. And they’re all designed to jazz up your office space.

What inspired this flurry of fresh deskwear?

Honestly, my office supplies were getting out of hand. Yesterday I couldn’t find one dang thing to write with. And when I needed a paper clip, I had to fish my hand down to the bottom of a jar that contained an assortment of things like ponytail holders, rubber bands and thumbtacks. Ouch.

I decided to clean out my business and get crafty up in here. If I’m going to spiff up the place, I might as well make it all look pretty, right?

So, without any further setup…

Here are the five quick-and-easy DIY projects that will make your desk look great, feel great, and work great for you.

Above shows the full picture, and now we’ll break it down…

{ONE} Non-boring Binder Clips

Supplies: Binder clips of any size and color. I used gold because I have a black and gold thing going on in my office. You’ll also want some fun rolls of Washi tape.

What I did: I took small pieces of Washi tape and applied them directly to the binder clips. That’s it. (I told you these projects were easy like Sunday morning!!)

{TWO} Pretty Paper Clips

Supplies: A package of paper clips. (I found gold ones at Hob Lob.) You’ll also want a few yards or so of thin ribbon. I used about 4″ per paper clip.

What I did: After I cut strips of ribbon, I tied them around the slightly smaller end of the paper clip so the ribbon would be at the top when you go to clip something together.

{THREE} Paper Clip Wrangler

Now to wrangle up those pretty paper clips…we have this crafty cup, which has a magnetic strip around the edge. It holds your paper clips so you don’t have to dig around and yell profanities when you poke your finger on a thumbtack or whatever else is lurking at the bottom of your cup or drawer.

Supplies: Magnetic strip that comes in a roll and has self-adhesive backing. A cup or other item to hold pencils and paper clips. I used this decorative votive because I loved the gold polka dots.

What I did: I measured around the top of the cup and cut a strip of magnet to fit perfectly. I pulled off the adhesive backing and just stuck it to the glass. Just a dab of hot glue secured the seams.

Once it was pulled together, I filled the container with pencils and attached my pretty paper clips around the outside. See?

{FOUR} Marvelous Message Board

Supplies: A frame, piece of scrapbook paper and a dry erase marker

What I did: I measured the piece of paper to fit the frame, inserted the paper into the frame, and then wrote my “to-dos” with a dry erase marker. Donedees!

{FIVE} Coastal Coffee Coaster

Supplies: A roll of jute or thick twine and a hot glue gun (oh, and I usually wear a pair garden gloves when I use my GG so I don’t burn off my fingerprints.)

What I did: I measured and cut about 1-1/2 yards of jute, and then I started rolling it super tight in the center. I squeezed a dot of hot glue to hold it together and then continued to roll the jute around itself. I added some hot glue about every 1-2 inches as I went.

When I got to the end of my rope (haha, I didn’t even mean to say that, but I do get there from time-to-tie) I just secured the loose end with glue. It ended up looking like this! >

Now I can put my coffee or tea on a pretty coastal inspired coaster, and get to work.

That’s a wrap for this week. Many caffeinated cheers and blessings,

Kate

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Time to Deck Out the Desk

All of this talk about planners has me thinking about a desk overhaul. Nothing makes me feel more organized than having my workspace look clean and beautiful.

The rest of my life can feel like a mess with laundry overflowing, grocery lists growing, and carpools honking, but having a small, sacred place that’s organized keeps this momma quite sane.

If you don’t have a place like this in your life, I highly recommend it. I don’t have a huge house, so I turned the closet in our guest room into my Kate-space. I hired a carpenter, because my Sweet B is not the handiest of men with a saw and other tools. My carpenter-friend created a built-in desk that spans the width of the closet. It allows plenty of room to display and store my things.

Right now I have my computer, monitor, small lamp, day planner, inspirational books and a few vacation pics of the family. I have to admit, though, the area is starting to feel a bit stale. Stacks of paper are piling up as I have been working from home more frequently. I’ve also added new projects to my plate, which means more paper debris in the mini storm on my desk.

It’s officially time for a mini desk makeover.

Here are some items on my wish list at the moment.

{Clear Holders}

I love how an acrylic folder holder and pencil cup can make your space feel bigger. And it allows you to show of your cute accessories.

lucite tray

This lucite tray is from See Jane Work. You could put files or even a stack of copy paper in this cutie.

acrylic kate spade pencil cup

This pencil cup from Kate Spade has a pretty gold bottom.

clear tape dispenser

If you want to feel extra fancy, this clear tape dispenser from Kate Spade would do the trick. Don’t you think? It’s a bit pricey for a tape dispenser, but hey, this is my wish list.

{File Folders}

Now that we have the clear holders taken care of, it’s time to make a splash with some color and fun statement pieces. That’s right, even our desks deserve some bling.

I do most of my work on the computer, but I have the occasional need to print and file things. A few of our bills still come through the mail, as one example. So here’s what I’m thinking for file folders.

file folders

I’m digging all things metallic these days. Check out these polka-dot file folders from Urban Girl Office Supply.

{Paper Clips}

In the same vein as file folders, I have the need to group and organize paper goods. It would be fine and dandy to use the normal silver clips that are shaped like stretched out cinnamon rolls. But a girl needs a few cute clippies in her life, and these are on my must have (and maybe must-make) list.

gold paper clips

These are gold clips from Planner Couture with pretty ribbon looped through for extra pizzazz!

{Pencils}

Call me traditional, but I’m a big fan of pencils. I like the kind you have to sharpen, too. No mechanical business that needs refilling. That’s too high maintenance for an office supply. Give me a solid pencil with a soft eraser that doesn’t smudge, and I’m a happy camper. Sometimes you’ll even find me with one behind my ear. I’ve been doing it since I started my career. It’s a Kate thing, I guess.

gold foil pencils

The tribal print on these pencils from See Jane Work are gorgeous. I would wear these in my hair in a heartbeat!

{Notebooks}

I use notebooks and sketchbooks for many reasons. They’re a great place to jump offline and allow your mind to explore ideas. I like to do this with my writing and brainstorm ideas for posts, books, magazine articles or even craft projects. It can also be the perfect spot for “to-dos” and personal goals. All good stuff.

Here’s a notebook from my new favorite site. Erin Condren is the heart and mind behind the company, and she has so many wonderful organizational products and office supplies. You’ll want to bookmark this place.

personalized notebook

What a joyful message to look at each day. You can also personalize this notebook at the bottom. You don’t have to get Melissa Johnson, unless that happens to be your name. Haha!

{Vase}

Every office needs a vase of fresh flowers. I mean, there has to be a scientific study that shows how having flowers on your desk increases your efficiency, creativity and happiness toward life as we know it. I would believe every ounce of the data, as I certainly know how they make me feel.

All of that to say, here’s a beautiful vase to hold those miraculous little work boosters.

gold vase

This is actually an easy DIY project from Two Twenty One. It’s a clear vase, which we all have tons of in a storage closet somewhere, and it’s masked off with tape and then spray painted gold. I’m totally doing this!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what’s on my current office wish list. As soon as I pull all of my new supplies together and get organized, I’ll share before and after pics of my mini makeover.

Until then, have a creative day!

-Kate

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