I wanted to organize my desk but couldn't find any cute organizing supply holders without spending a lot of money. Follow along and see what I created. I love it and it works great for my markers and other supplies for my craft desk area.
How to Make a Desk Organizer on the Cheap
BEFORE IMAGE: Here are the supplies and tools I used for this project.
NOTE: I found thick toilet paper rolls just by chance at our nearby Kimberton Whole Foods. They were recycled brand toilet paper. There was no glue on the toilet paper roll, so when it was finished, the rolls were in pristine condition. I couldn’t throw them away.
PAINT TOILET PAPER ROLLS
First, paint all eight toilet paper rolls in cream acrylic paint. Let dry completely. Make sure to paint the top and bottom of the toilet paper rolls.
ADD RIBBON TO TOILET PAPER ROLLS
Add velvet brown ribbon with hot glue to the edge of the toilet paper rolls. Make sure to adhere the ends with the ribbon.
ADD THE RIBBON TO THE GLASS JAR
Using the cream ribbon, use hot glue and add a bead around the tip of the glass jar. Then add the ribbon edge so it covers about 1 inch of the top of the glass jar. Be sure to adhere the ribbon ends to the other ribbon.
ADD THE GLASS JAR TO THE CORK TRIVET
With the hot glue gun, add hot glue to the bottom of the glass jar. Add the glass jar to the center of the cork trivet.
ATTACH THE TOILET PAPER ROLLS TO THE CORK TRIVET
Add the hot glue to the bottom of the toilet paper rolls and attach it to the cork trivet. Working around the trivet. Please make sure they are tight and all eight can fit. Let cool.
Please watch the video below to see this part.
ADD THE FLOWERS BETWEEN THE TOILET PAPER ROLLS
Then, with the flat flowers, fold the wire stem in half and press the wire between each toilet paper roll. Making a zigzag pattern or placing it in between every other toilet paper roll. Some may be tight and can easily be pressed into those areas and will stay.
Here is what it looks like when it is finished. I love it! Since the flowers are not attached by hot glue, I can easily change them out depending on the season. Maybe I will try poinsettia silk flowers during the holidays.
Here is the top view of the desk organizer. I have so much space to store different items. I was also thinking I could label the sides of the toilet paper rolls if I want to have each toilet paper roll section for particular things.
Feel free to watch the video for the complete project and visit our blog post below.
- 8 - ⅛ inch thick toilet paper roll diameter 1 ¾ inch diameter (Grocery store)
- 7 inches diameter cork round trivet (Ikea)
- 2 fl. Oz. FolkArt 450 Parchment Acrylic Paint (Michaels)
- 8 - 6 inch long ¼ inch wide Velvet brown ribbon (Michaels)
- 9 - inch Cream Ribbon bohemian style for glass jar top (Michaels)
- 1 smooth glass jar (for crafts) (Target)
- 5 - flat cream flowers with wire in back (Michaels)
- Glue gun (Michaels)
- Glue sticks (Michaels)
- Paintbrush (Michaels)
- Scissors (Michaels)