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Desk Tidy

Homemade desk tidy filled with stationery

It’s a new year and the perfect time to organise your stationery! Make sure your desk is the perfect place for work or study with everything tidy and in its place. Create your own desk tidy as a special place to store your favourite notebooks, paper and pens and you’ll never have to worry about losing your stationery again!

You will need

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    2 cereal boxes

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    White and coloured paper

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    Paint or felt tip pens

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    Ruler

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    Scissors

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    Glue

Steps

Step 1

Gather your materials and make sure you have everything you need ready to use.

Two cereal boxes with stationery and paper laying on a desk

Step 2

Decorate a white sheet of paper to create the pattern for your desk tidy. We have used paint, but you could use felt tip pens, colouring pencils or coloured paper.

A sheet of paper decorated with pastel spots

Step 3

Glue or tape two cereal boxes together.

Two cereal boxes stuck together

Step 4

Draw a diagonal line on each side of the cereal boxes and cut out to form a lower part and an upper part as in the photo. This is your desk tidy, now you just have to decorate it!

Two cereal boxes stuck together with the tops cut off

Step 5

Start by decorating the inside with coloured paper.

Two cereal boxes stuck together with the tops cut off next to a piece of paper and a glue stick

Step 6

Line the outside of the boxes with your decorated patterned paper.

Two cereal boxes stuck together with the tops cut off decorated with paper covered in coloured spots

Step 7

You could also create a divider by folding some of the leftover card from your cereal boxes, as in the photo. Cover your divider in your patterned paper to match the outside.

Two cereal boxes stuck together with the tops cut off half decorated with paper covered in coloured spots

Step 8

And there you go! Your desk tidy is ready to use! A pretty desk accessory, perfect for storing notebooks, notepads, pens and other stationery and having everything close to hand!

Homemade desk tidy filled with stationery