DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

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DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

 

There’s probably someone on your Christmas list who would benefit from a mini desk makeover. Here’s one of our DIY gift ideas that will be perfect. You can knock out this DIY desk organizer in an afternoon, and give your loved one the gift of organization and peace of mind!

Here are the step-by-step instructions.

 

 

DIY Gift Ideas: Materials Needed to Make a DIY Desk Organizer

Materials for this DIY Desk Organizer:

 

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

Step 1

Prep your cut whitewood surface by sanding any sharp edges or rough areas.

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

Step 2

Measure how far apart you want your decorative brackets to be. We based our measurements around 2- to 3-inch sections. You can customize this step based on what you’re organizing – magazines, books, moleskins, etc.

Tip: Make a marking where both edges should sit, because when you pick up the bracket to apply the glue (in the next step) you need to know exactly where to place it back down.

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

 

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

Step 3

Glue down your decorative brackets with Gorilla Glue Wood Glue.

Let the wood glue dry according to package directions.

 

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

Step 4 (Optional)

For an extra precaution, you can secure the brackets with a nail or two.

Tip: Make sure that the nail you’re using isn’t longer than the width of the area you’re nailing it into. You wouldn’t want the tip of the nail poking out and ruining the look!

 

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

Step 5

Pick a color or stain. We made two versions of this desk organizer, one we sprayed white for a simple and glossy look, the other is stained Varathane Weathered Gray.

Don’t forget to allow plenty of dry time. Set up your new desk organizer, add in your most important notebooks and favorite magazines. Then sit back and admire your newly organized command center!

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

DIY Gift Ideas: Desk Organizer

 

There are so many options for what you can do with this wood organizer, the possibilities are endless! Make another version for the kitchen to organize cookbooks – or try it on the mantle, on your bedside table – anywhere your organizing heart desires!

 

Follow our Holiday Crafts, Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest for more Christmas craft ideas. Take a look at more DIY gift ideas here on The Home Depot blog, too. 

 

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  1. [...] Home Depot blog! So far we’ve made some DIY coasters with cork liner and aluminum sheets, a DIY desk organizer with a pine board and scroll brackets, DIY chalkboard mugs, and (my favorite so far!) a DIY garden [...]

  2. Jules says:

    Love this project but with the scroll brackets running around $15 at Home Depot not many people could afford to make this project.

    • Joette Solano says:

      The scroll brackets come in a 2-pack, so they are around $8 per unit. The smaller version with only two brackets is quite affordable, especially if you are using a piece of scrap wood.

      We hope you found this post helpful and thanks for reading!

      -Joette, from The Home Depot