Put a Cork In It: How to Make a Geometric DIY Office Organizer with Cork

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How to make DIY office organizers with sheets of cork

Let the games begin! After yesterday’s announcement, I’m hitting the ground running with today’s DIY office organizer. Because if there is one thing we need to get a handle on around here, it’s organization. There are still lots of boxes to unpack and bags upon bags of craft supplies to go through. But I can’t tackle everything at once, so I’m starting small and working my way up to the big stuff. Who’s with me?

These geometric cork containers can be used for keeping pens, paper clips, and paint brushes tidy. Or pop a plant in one and you have a geo planter. You can hang these on the wall or keep them on your desk. Lots of options for this one. I keep picturing a ton of these (like 15-20) hanging on the wall with plants inside. What do you think?

cork office caddies

Materials:

– cork sheets (mine have little flecks of color in them, if you like that sort of thing)
– scissors
– hot glue gun
– pen or pencil for marking
– ruler* or straightedge

*You can definitely create these cork containers without a ruler if you prefer. I did mine without one. BUT it’s a lot easier to get the measurements right the first time if you have one (which I realized after the fact). Just FYI.

How To:

1. Start by creating a triangle (any size) and marking off the line to cut on, using a ruler or straightedge.

2. Cut the triangle out with scissors. This will be the bottom of your container.

3. Next, measure and cut each side of your triangle and cut a rectangle for each side of the triangle from the cork. *Make sure all of the rectangles are the same height. These will be the sides of your container.

If you’re not using a ruler, just trace one side of the triangle base to get the correct width, then cut a rectangle that is that width. Repeat this process with the other two sides of the triangle. Again, making sure that all of the sides are the same height.

4. (optional step) To create a container that is lower in the front than it is in the back, determine the severity of the angle you want and, using a straightedge or ruler, mark those lines. I found it easiest, to put the two front pieces together (without glueing), like how they’ll be when they’re connected to the base, and drew an angle on each one that lined up with the other. See photo.

5. Next, it’s time to glue all of the pieces together. Run a bead of hot glue along all three edges of the base triangle and attach the side walls. Then glue the side walls together.

6. (optional step) If you decide to create a hanging wall container, you’ll want to cut out a small hole in the back of the container that can rest on a nail in the wall. OR add a wall hook to the back, if you prefer.

How to make hanging DIY office organizers with sheets of cork

Add pens, pencils, or plants and you’re good to go. Geometric cork containers for office organization and beyond.

Hanging DIY office organizers made of sheets of cork

DIY office organizer made of cork sheets

DIY office organizer (and planter) made of cork sheets

Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this DIY a try? How do you keep your office supplies organized?

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Wonderful idea! I love that you can pin things to cork as well! Maybe with a touch of neon colour it would look even better?

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Michelle | October 7th, 2015 at 8:51 am

Thanks Michelle. Sure, customizing these containers in your favorite color would be super simple to do with a little paint.

Brittni | October 7th, 2015 at 9:26 am

Oooh, I really like the cork boards with the bits of colour! Adds a little special something something! Love this idea (:
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honey&gazelle | October 7th, 2015 at 9:29 am

Thanks Honey & Gazelle. Those colorful specks were the whole reason why I bought the cork in the first place. Hadn’t seen anything like it before. Glad you like it.

Brittni | October 7th, 2015 at 9:36 am

These organizers are adorable! I need them in my life!

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Paige | October 7th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Thanks Paige!

Brittni | October 7th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I am adding this to my list of DIY projects for my new apartment. I especially love the cork you chose. Can you tell me where to find it?

Lucy | October 7th, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Hi Lucy. I tried to find a link online to where you could buy it, but I couldn’t find anything. I bought it at my local Michael’s store, so you might want to try that.

Brittni | October 7th, 2015 at 3:00 pm

So clever. And yah I like the speckled cork. Haven’t seen it before? Sort of mcm’ish.
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sharon / theprincipledtype.blogspot.com | October 7th, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Thanks Sharon. Yeah, I think the speckled cork definitely gives it a little something extra. Always up for pops of color.

Brittni | October 7th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Cork is so versatile and fun! I really like the colored specks in yours. I’ve never seen that before.

My desk could mosdef use a cork organizer! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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Mackenzie | October 8th, 2015 at 1:21 am

I definitely think the planter is a good idea! What a cute way to keep things coordinated on your desk (or around it), I totally need to do this for my desk. I always seem to find things that don’t have a home.

Meagan | October 8th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Mackenzie and Meagan. Every desk could use a little more office organization, right? Or at least mine can. :)

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Funny how something this creative is actually so simple. Thanks for sharing!
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Anouk | October 10th, 2015 at 12:58 pm

I love the flecks of colour in the cork sheets! I need to try this DIY, the succulent looks great in the cork container!

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Becky | October 11th, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Awesome Jeannie. Let me know how it turns out.

Brittni | January 24th, 2016 at 4:29 pm

I love the idea of using cork board. I will have to try this out!

Anna | April 13th, 2016 at 7:07 pm

I NEED NEED NEED THAT CORK.

where can I find it? I Life in Holland so it needs to be on the Internet. …..

Pleaseeee I want it so badddd

Greets Rosalie

Rosalie | October 23rd, 2016 at 3:03 am
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