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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


- 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?


The neon trend has been big in fashion this year, but sadly, I haven't seen it in housewares quite as much. I love translating fashion trends to home decor because...well...I spend a lot of time at home and not as much time on my outfits. So here's a tutorial to bring neon into your humble abode. I'm using mine in the kitchen, but you can plop these bad boys anywhere in the house.


  1. Storage Jars from Tonfisk
  2. Scissors
  3. Neon string (this is the exact string set I bought from Amazon)
  4. Clear tape OR craft glue / super glue

Here's how to make your own:

1. Choose a color combo and map out your design. Then attach your first piece of string to the container using clear tape of glue. I opted for a temporary solution using tape so that I can remove everything without damaging the containers if I get tired of the neon. If you are using glue, be sure to let the string dry to your container completely before continuing on to the next step.

2. While the string is still attached to the spool, begin wrapping it around your container. Around and around until you reach the desired width for that color. Be sure to wrap the string around tightly to avoid gaps later. If you are using glue, you may want to add a dab of glue every 3-5 rows of string for extra security. If you are using tape for a temporary solution, this is not necessary.

3. Once you are happy with the width of the wrapped string on your container, it's time to finish up. Cut your string from the spool and attach the end piece of string with tape or glue.

Here's the finished project...

All photos by Brittni Mehlhoff (that's me)

If this DIY idea looks familiar, it's because I shared a sneak peek of this project on earlier this year for the hottest trends in DIY.

P.S. I'm not the only one who likes to wrap string around things. Here are a few other projects involving string that you might like... Neon Party Favors on You are my Fave; Milk Bottle Vases on Remodelista; and a Color Block Painted Rope Basket on Design Sponge.


Almost two years ago, I bookmarked a wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge for a cork lamp. I just loved the idea and wanted to translate it in another way. But for some reason, I kind of forgot about it as time went on, and then this weekend when I was rinsing out some cans to put into the recycling bin, I remembered. I had also just bought some beautiful tulips, and immediately knew exactly what to make. A cork vase to hold notes, photographs, and of course flowers.

But these vases can also be used as organizational containers for your extra pens and even succulents too. And could also double as party/ wedding favor place cards.

Materials: Soup/ Vegetable Cans, Spray paint (any color), roll of cork (you can find it at many local craft stores or order online here), heavy duty craft glue, scissors, ruler, extra pins or clothespins to clamp cork while drying

How Do I Make This?

1. Grab some cans (soup, vegetable, etc) from the recycling bin and make sure they are washed out thoroughly. Peel off labels and clean off an sticky areas. Allow to dry fully.

2. Spray paint the inside of each can, as well as the outside rim. This may take multiple coats. Let dry fully again.

3. Roll out your cork, and place the bottom of your can at the end of the roll. Mark off the width of the can with a pencil and use a ruler to create a long straight line. I recommend cutting the length twice as long as you need. Then you can wrap the cork around twice to make it thicker for sticking pins in, etc.

4. At the end of the cut roll of cork, run a thick bead of heavy duty craft glue. Attach to can and begin rolling, adding more glue as you go.

5. At the end of your roll, add another thick bead of glue and then pin or clamp down with clothespins until dry.

6. Once dry, you are ready to add flowers, pencils, plants, or anything you can dream up. If you are using your containers as vases, I would recommend putting a glass that is slightly smaller inside the container to avoid leaks. That's what I did, and it works great.

Here are the results... (click each image for a larger view)

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