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DIY Desk Organizer: 18 Project Ideas

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive – how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Bonus: Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video of how to make several different types of organizers for your desk and office space. You’re going to love them!

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

When it comes to organizing, it’s easy for me to maintain systems that are already in place. Meaning, if someone sets up a organization system for me, I can keep it going. It’s just hard for me to come up with something!

I need a DIY desk organizer, so I am depending on the brilliant creatives of the interwebs for ideas . . . and I found 18 that I really like. Now I just have to figure out which one(s) to make!

If you are in the market for a clean and tidy desk like me, check out these 18 DIY desk organizer projects by scrolling down. Which one is your favorite?

Make a DIY Desk Organizer

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Mail Station

This awesome mail station for above your desk was made using magazine holders from IKEA.

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Egg Carton

An empty egg carton folded open provides the perfect storage solution for small items inside your desk drawers.

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Tin Can Caddy

Add your cans to a lazy susan to make a desk organizer that is not only functional, but also rotates.

Get the step-by-step at Cynthia Shaffer

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Decorative Brackets

You can build this desk system using simple supplies from Home Depot – including shelf brackets.

Find out how to do it at The Apron Blog

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Chalkboard Paint

Paint your desk accessories with a writeable chalkboard surface – that you can change depending on storage needs.

See how it was done at Oh, She Dabbles

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

PVC Pipes

You can get the supplies for this desk organizer at the hardware store – for less than $10!

Learn how to make it at Designs by Studio C

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Cardboard Tray

If you want a FREE organizer – this is perfect. You can make it with recycled cardboard boxes.

Get the instructions at Lifehacker

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Cardboard Catchall

I love this cardboard organizer because it’s easy to make, simple and matches with everything.

Learn how to do it at Design For Mankind

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Mail Organizer

My mail current sits in a laundry bin – but I’d love a recycled DIY desk organizer like this one to keep it all together.

Learn how it was done at The Stoneybrook House

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Cork Trivets

This brilliant organizer was made using trivets from IKEA and a drill – and doubles as a corkboard that you can pin small messages to.

Learn how it was made at Design For Mankind

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Wall Organizer and Charging Station

Jen made these two desk organizing projects for her little closet nook study area. They are so easy – I especially love the charging station paper tray!

Learn more at I Heart Organizing

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Cross Stitch

If you already have wire office organizers but just want to spice them up a bit, you can cross stitch the fronts with yarn.

See how it was done at Camille Styles

Having my desk more in order makes me feel more productive - how about you? Use one of these ideas for a DIY desk organizer to help keep you in line.

Mismatched & Monochromatic

Pick your favorite containers of various sizes and shapes, then bring them together with spray paint and embellishments.

Learn how to do it at HGTV

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Lovely Rustic

This desk organizer is not only functional, but it’s pretty – and uses a simple wood frame and glass.

Get the how-to at Flamingo Toes

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Paper Tubes

Use cereal boxes and paper towel or toilet paper tubes to make this bright and cheerful organizer.

Find out how it was made at Mod Podge Rocks

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Mr. Roboto

Sew plastic canvas for an interesting twist on a standard desk organizer – perfect for kids or adults.

Find the instructions at Crafts Unleashed

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Painted and Stenciled

Make an old three drawer organizer coordinate with your decor using paint and stencils.

Find the step-by-step at My Sister’s Suitcase

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Can Pyramid

Stack up empty food cans to create a useful DIY desk storage pyramid on a budget.

Find out how to do it at Oregon Live


I hope you enjoyed this DIY desk organizer roundup! Below is the video I promised – learn how to make several organizers. Just press “PLAY” in the center of the video below.

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