Desk Caddy {recycled materials}

Hey everyone! So you might remember when I entered the Earth 911 Challenge a few weeks back. The challenge was to create a way to organize the items on your desk using recycled materials. I made a Desk Caddy, and today I’m going to share with you how I made it!

Desk Caddy

Desk Caddy using recycled materials via #recycle

This was really a lot of fun to make. I didn’t want to spend any money on it, plus it had to be from recycled materials…. so I search around my house. I found 3 pieces of scrap  wood that we used for the slats on Aubrey’s bed, cardboard from a cereal box, fabric scraps, and corner brackets. I am really into yellow right now. It has always been one of my favorite colors and I will be incorporating it into a lot of my home decor when we finally move! : ) So this will fit in perfectly.

Desk Caddy using recycled materials via #recycle

The fabric I used is one of my favorites! I used it to line the drawers in a dresser I re-did a while back. I hope I have enough left to make some pillows out of it!! So the whole idea of this little caddy is to help me keep track of the tools I am using while sewing. I am always setting my scissors, seam ripper, etc down and loosing them. We’ll see if it works or not ; )

So let’s take a look at how I made it. First I took those three pieces of wood I found and painted them white. Easy enough right?

Desk Caddy using recycled materials via #recycle

 Then I took the prettiest piece of wood and painted stripes on the front. Yes, that is washi tape. I couldn’t find my painters tape… that stuff really is good for everything!

Desk Caddy using recycled materials via #recycle

Next I took those three pieces of wood, laid one flat on the counter (for the bottom) and glued the other two pieces along the length of the bottom piece. I used Gorilla Glue (totally awesome) and clamped together. I forgot to take a picture of this step, but while that was drying I measured out the ends of the caddy and cut two pieces of cardboard from an old cereal box.

Desk Caddy using recycled materials via #recycle

Can you guess who bought the Coco Puffs, it was either me or my husband… hmm….? Then I just wrapped some fabric around and glued it on there! Super easy stuff here!

Desk Caddy using recycled materials via #recycle

Then I glued these onto the side of the wood portion of the caddy and attached the corner brackets at the bottom to secure everything together.

Desk Caddy using recycled materials via #recycle

So now I have a cute little caddy to go on my desk! Not that I can find my desk right now being that it’s covered in fabric, but it’s there somewhere ; ) Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s craft area looks like the fabric monster came through?!

Desk Caddy using recycled materials via #recycle

Have a beautiful day!
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  1. says

    Great use of scrap wood. I think I can use this idea as the basis of some storage crates I need for my craft room. I would bet your husband said an elf bought the Cocoa Puffs!

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