Last week, I shared my tips for keeping your office organized and looking good and today I’m sharing one of the DIY ideas from that post, in partnership with Post-it Brand World of Color collections. Make these geometric DIY hanging cubbies for your office / workspace in under an hour.
They’re really inexpensive to make, at less than five dollars a piece (at a little less than $20 for supplies total, you can make at least four or five of these), and look pretty dang good, if you ask me.
Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need to get started…
– Foam board
– Foam board cutter / sharp blade
– Permanent marker
– Hot glue gun
– Decorative paper (I used gift wrap from Britt Bass’ new line)
– Glue stick or other paper glue
– Post-it Notes from the Post-it Brand World of Color collections (My fave is Bali)
1. Pick a favorite shape for your container. For mine, I picked a tall trapezoid. You will need two identical pieces of this shape (for the front and back), two rectangles for the sides, and one for the bottom. Draw these shapes on a piece of foam board using the ruler and marker.
2. Cut the shapes out with the foam board cutter.
3. Assemble the containers by gluing the shapes together one piece at a time. Glue each piece at the seam with the hot glue gun. Hold the pieces at each step until the seam sets and the glue cools.
4. Once the container is ready, cover it with decorative paper. Use the glue stick to adhere the paper to the container, one side at a time. Finish off any edges by venting the paper with v-shapes cuts and gluing the pieces down. This is especially useful for the corners and the top opening of the container.
5. To hang the finished containers, use 3M Command strips or poke a hole on the back that will allow for a nail to rest inside. You can also use these cubbies and containers on your desk, as an alternative to hanging them on the wall.
These cubbies are great for storing craft supplies and office-related items, and can also be used as a bulletin board.
I’ve been posting all of my daily reminders and to-dos on Post-it Notes to these cubbies. And I’ve found that color coding my tasks and lists, each with a different color from the Post-it World of Color collection, has helped me to keep everything even more organized at a glance.
Note: If you want to try the circular cubby, like you see in some of the finished photos, it’s actually easier than it looks… Just build a small box (without a top) with foam core pieces and then cut a separate piece for the circle and glue that onto the box after you’ve covered it in decorative paper. Super easy.
Photography by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you’ll give these DIY foam core cubbies a try? What shapes do you think would be fun for these?
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