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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?


DIY // cork board cloud project

Back to school is right around the corner, and although I don't have kids of my own, it's still on my mind.

So, I have a DIY for you that is back to school themed: a cute little cloud cork board to keep organized this school year. Bonus! If you don't have kids, you can totally still make one of these...It's perfect for a home office or in the entryway as a landing pad area for pinning up love notes, bills, etc. Hey, I managed to get the words love notes and bills in the same sentence - I think I deserve a small cookie or something.


DIY // cloud cork board


As you can probably guess, it's pretty easy to make, but the step by instructions are right here if you need 'em. I would love to make a giant one of these for my (maybe one day) studio, to post to-dos and inspiration. We'll see.

So, what do you think? Would you make one of these for yourself or is it better reserved for the kiddos?

For more DIY projects like this one, click here.


It is time to start saving those wine corks and maybe even grab a roll of cork from the craft store (hint you can also pick some up on Amazon) because today's roundup is going to get you in the mood to DIY.

Here are my top 13 picks for cork craft projects to get you through the weekend...

1. Polaroid Cork DIY from  Christy Schuler (above image)

2. Uncanny Cork Vases DIY (from papernstitch- that's me!)

3. Fruit-shaped Cork Coasters from Real Simple

 4. Cork Trivet Idea from Whole Living

5. Wine Cork Coasters Craft Poject from Mayi at Heartmade

6. Wine Cork Keychains How-To from Cleverly Inspired

7. Woven Cork Tray from Design Sponge

8. Make a Cork Clutch from What I Wore (hard to believe this is DIY, but it is!)

9. Halligan's American Travel Map from Design Sponge

10. Cute Custom Coasters from Fellow Fellow

11. Cork Stamps from The Sweet Spot

12. Wine Cork Chandelier DIY from Mox and Fodder

13. Painted Cork Tile Pinboard from The Happy Home

That's it for me! Have a great weekend.