We love how our wall bulletin organizer dressed up our work space so much that we created a coordinating cubbie to hold pens, notes and of course, our PS Swatchbook. Follow our steps to create a desk organizer of any size, and cover it in your favorite wrapping paper.

Decorative desk caddy

A great back to school craft to get your tweens and teens organized or spruce up your own desk (adults can celebrate back to school, too!).

PS colors: peacock & paper bag
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Materials needed:
How to PDF
8 1/2″ x 11″ Chipboard
Decorative Paper
Xacto & Cutting Mat or Guillotine Trimmer
Double Stick Tape & Regular Tape

Use the instructions below as a guide to customize cubbies to whatever height & width you prefer to suit your own organizational needs!

Diagram A
This cubby measures 11” wide x 3” deep x 3” tall.
Cut chipboard for 1 cubby base.
Cut chipboard for 4 cubby walls.
Tape pieces, as shown, with space in between. (Tip: use the edge of a piece of chipboard as a spacer)

Diagram B
Cover cubby with decorative paper (decorative side down) by placing connected pieces on top of decorative paper (tape side down). Decorative paper should measure approximately 1” – 2” beyond chipboard pieces. Cut along diagonal lines.

Diagram C
Fold & double stick tape short straight sides (1).
Cut off the small exposed triangles from these folds (2).
Fold & double stick tape corners (3).
Fold & double stick tape long straight sides (4).
Cut off the small exposed triangles from these folds (5).
Fold corners to get crease & unfold (6).

Diagram D
Form cubby shape by lifting walls in place.
Fold & double stick corners (6) from long side on to OUTSIDE of cubby to hold shape together.


3 Responses

  1. Carmen says:

    Love this idea. I was actually planning on doing something like this for my office at work. This will be a great help. Thanks!!!

  2. This customized cubbie is great – included it in a recent post on organizing for back-to-school: http://simplifiedbee.blogspot.com/2010/08/getting-organized-for-back-to-school.html

  3. Jessica says:

    This idea is absolutely adorable, but in a way is sophisticated. It could even be given to a teacher as a welcome to the new school year gift on the first day, or a thank you for being my teacher gift on the last day.