The best time of the year to start getting organized is ANYTIME! Honestly, any bit of extra organization throughout the year is welcome. So many of us are now working from home that desks seem like an organizational priority. Over months of #WFH, outrageous chaos unfolded on my desk and I needed a solution that would allow me to reclaim desktop real-estate stolen by all the sticky notes, stationery, and supplies. If you also need every bit of help getting your desk under control, I’m sharing with you this DIY Desk Organizer with a felt pinboard for your notes! Read on for the full tutorial!
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- 1/4″ thick wooden sheets (like these birch plywood sheets)
- Grey felt fabric
- Wood glue
- Wood clamps
- Glue gun
Step 1: Cut the wood
To begin, cut out a 30 x 40cm (11.8 x 15.7″) square. If your plywood sheets are not big enough, use wood glue to join 2 of them into one large sheet. Next, draw an arch at the top. You can use a large serving plater if you don’t have a compass. Cut out the arch with a jigsaw. It can be hard to achieve a perfectly smooth circle when cutting with a jigsaw, just sand the arch down with a sanding block afterward to correct the curve if needed.
For the pencil and stationery pots at the front of the desk organizer, cut out the wooden pieces shown in the picture above. If needed, sand the pieces lightly to remove splinters. Mark out the letters on the wood in pencil to remember which is which throughout the step-by-step. We’ll erase the letters later.
Step 2: Assemble the front
To start assembling the front of the organizer, place down piece A. Apply some wood glue to piece B and press it on top of A on the longest edge.
When the glue has dried, turn the plywood sheets over so that piece B is on the table and piece A is facing away from you. Take piece D and apply some wood glue on 2 edges. Glue it onto the organizer like in the picture above. Where you place it doesn’t matter. It depends mostly on the size of what you want to put in your desk organizer! If in doubt, just glue it in the middle 😄
Next, take piece C and apply some wood glue on the end of the short side and near the edge of the long side (click on the picture above to enlarge it). Glue it to the right-hand-side of the organizer.
Repeat the steps above for pieces F and E. Piece F (the tallest) is glued to the left hand-side while piece E closes the pencil pot.
Step 3: Glue the felt pinboard
To make the pinboard, start by cutting out a felt arch. Use the wooden board to trace the pattern and cut the felt shape. Next, draw an allowance of about 1cm (1/2″) around the arch and cut it out.
Place the felt on top of the wooden board. At the bottom of the felt arch, trace a 0.6cm (1/4″) line and cut it out.
Now, place the front of the desk organizer on top of the felt and mark out where pieces D and E meet the felt. Cut out those shapes. This will allow you to glue the organizer directly onto the board, instead of onto the felt.
When you’re done, use your glue gun to glue the felt onto its wooden backing. Make sure you apply glue as close to the edges as possible!
Step 4: Assemble the DIY Desk Organizer
To finish the desk organizer, apply some wood glue to the pencil and stationary organizer and press it onto the pinboard. You can clamp it or rest a few heavy books on top of the organizer while it dries.
That’s it! Pin your current reminders with cute push pins, put all your work supplies in the organizer and feel fresh!!