Here’s a mix of projects to make for your home office, you’ll find basic supplies (several made with repurposed items), organizers, decorative desk items and even a couple furniture ideas. I’ve organized the mouse pads in their own section and I’ll be adding to this list as I find more goodies, enjoy!
DIY Mail Station: A simple shelf is installed in a convenient location (hallway, home office, etc.), then three plywood magazine files are attached (with electric drill and screws).
Covered Magazine Files: You’ll need decorative scrapbook paper, magazine files and some glue for this project.
Cereal Box Magazine Holders: Shows you how to cut down boxes then recover them with fabric or paper.
Fabric Folder Portfolio: Made with fabric, fusible interfacing and cardboard cut to size. Will hold a 5″ x 8″ pad of paper.
Blinged-Out Clipboards: Using a hot glue gun, assorted crafts gems and costume jewelry.
Notebook Folder: Made with 2 fat quarters, fusible interfacing, batting and a button, includes pattern to print.
Repurposed Shipping Envelopes: Shows you how to break down empty cereal boxes then refold and tape.
French Desk Pencil Cups Set: Tin cans are recovered with fabric, fusible craft fleece, soft leather or ribbon and a button.
Fabric Covered Boxes: Ideal for holding pens and other office supplies, includes a template to download.
DIY Padded Envelopes: Made with pages from old books (or wallpaper), bubblewrap and double sided tape.
Fabric Covered Boxes: These can be used as desktop catch-alls or in-drawer organizers.
Revamped Magazine Files: Cover plain & boring magazine holders with pretty scrapbook paper and mod podge.
Pretty Clipboard: Made with a pretty piece of paper (wallpaper, photo, magazine page, book page, etc.), glue and sealed with several coats of Mod Podge.
Keyboard Wrist Rest: Fabric pieces are sewn together then filled with rice, template download available.
Handmade Accordion Folders: Made with file folders, a glue stick, woven fabric, spray adhesive, velcro dots, a button and craft glue.
Decorative Magazine Racks: Four decorative brackets are attached to a piece of board, you’ll also need picture molding, glue and brad nails.
Metal Cabinet Refashion: Hardware is removed, pieces are primed and painted then covered with decorative paper and Mod Podge.
Cute & Crafty Mouse Pads
*First published August 24th, 2011 and moved to this page for better organization
Is your mouse pad looking a little ragged, grungey and tired? Why not recover it with pieces of pretty fabric! You can also whip up a new one using a piece of craft foam, cork tile or layers of fabric and interfacing. You’ll find instructions and ideas in the list below, many are no-sew and take just minutes to whip up. Enjoy!
Flower Power: Free pattern to download (pdf) but no instructions, I included it for those who still want to work with it (you’ll find ideas with the other projects listed here).
Circular Pad With Pinked Edges: Two pieces of fabric are cut in a circle then fused to double-sided ultra firm stabilizer.
DIY Mousepad: A piece of craft foam is used for the mat, covered with fabric and spray adhesive (no sew).
Fancy Shape Cork: Free template provided if you’d like to make your pad in the same shape, cover cork with fabric and Heat ‘n Bond Ultra.
Neon Striped: Supplies include leather pieces, paint pens, Washi or masking tape.
Use Vintage Glass Items For Desk Organizers
*First published June 22, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
Instead of using plastic desk top organizers and paper clip holders, etc., try prettying the place up by using old glass jars and trinket boxes.
Garage sales offer plenty of vintage pieces that aren’t worth much and sell for a quarter or two, but they’re pretty!
- Cute little porcelain trinket boxes for storing paper clips, push pins and rubber bands
- Sweet decorative jam jars for glue stick and pen storage
- Covered crystal boxes and candy dishes for storing loose change or small coin collections
- Tall colored drinking glasses for holding pens and pencils
- Small crystal or pretty glass candle holders for paper clip storage
Sometimes you can find charming decorative wood boxes that are perfect for storing CDs and business cards.
Vintage Recipe Boxes
If you come across these little treasures, don’t let them pass you by! They’re perfect for storing index cards, stickers, labels, staple boxes, coin wrappers and rolls of tape.