when you sit down at your desk, whether it’s to work or craft (hopefully the latter, of course!), a clear space is sure to inspire a clear mind and lots of creative thinking. What better way to spring clean your space than with this smart desk tidy? Decorated in chevrons and stripes with a bold colour palette, this contemporary design will appeal to everyone – and it’s so easy to make. Follow our easy step-by-step tutorial and make your own DIY desk tidy!
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How to make a DIY desk tidy
You will need
- Patterned paper
- Cardboard tubes
- Scoring tool & ruler
- Enamel dots or other embellishments
- Dies (optional)
Cut a 29.5 x 25cm piece of kraft card. Score and fold all four sides at 8cm. Cut a flap at each corner, cover the outer sections with patterned paper and assemble the box.
Cut a 19.5 x 21cm piece of kraft card. Score and fold all four sides at 3cm. Cut a flap at each corner, cover the outer sections with patterned paper and assemble the tray.
Cut a 12.7 x 12cm piece of kraft card. Score each side at 2.8cm to make a small tray, as before. Repeat to make a second tray. Cover the inner sections with papers.
Take six cardboard tubes, cover the top half of each tube with your choice of patterned papers and glue a 2.5cm-wide strip of paper to the upper inside edge as this part will be visible.
Decorate the box from step 1 with pencil and optional die cuts and add decorative enamel dots. Sit the box and the mini trays inside the large tray and place the tubes inside the box.