How to make a DIY Desk Tidy

Clear up clutter with this handy desk tidy. Treat yourself or make one as a gift with our easy step-by-step tutorial.

How to make a DIY desk tidy

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

How to make a DIY desk tidy

You will need

  • Patterned paper
  • Card
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Scoring tool & ruler
  • Enamel dots or other embellishments
  • Dies (optional)  
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Step 1

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.

How to make a DIY desk tidy - step 1

Step 2

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.

How to make a DIY desk tidy - step 2

Step 3

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.

How to make a DIY desk tidy - step 3

Step 4

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.

How to make a DIY desk tidy - step 4

Step 5

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.

How to make a DIY desk tidy - step 5
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How to make a DIY desk tidy

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