How to Make Paper Desk Organizers

Desktop Organizer

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A sleek and snazzy desktop organizer keeps your workspace nice and neat. There's a place for pencils, a ruler, scissors, and even paper clips.

What You'll Need:

  • Wrapping paper tube
  • Acrylic paint: assorted colors, including white and black
  • Shoe box lid
  • Star stickers
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Paintbrushes (medium and small)
  • Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks

How to Make a Desktop Organizer:

Step 1: Using a ruler and pencil, divide the tube into the following lengths: 7 inches, 5 3/4 inches, 5 1/2 inches. Ask a grown-up to cut the tube on these lines. Draw an angle at the top of each section, and ask the adult to cut along these lines as well.

Step 2: Paint each tube a different color. Once the outsides have dried, paint the insides, too. Let dry.

Step 3: Use a small brush to paint a white stripe around the top edge of each tube. Paint the groove that spirals around the tubes white as well.

Step 4: Paint the outside of the box lid and inside the rim black. Paint the inside of the lid another color. Let dry.

Step 5: Working with an adult, hot-glue the tubes together with all of the angled tops facing the same direction. Let dry, and then hot-glue the bottoms of the tubes to a corner of the lid. Decorate the desk organizer with stickers.

Go to the next page to learn how to make an entire desk set.

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