Paper Box Desk Organizer


Paper Box Desk Organizer

If the paper on your desk is leaving you overwhelmed and anxious, consider making a Paper Box Desk Organizer. This fun craft will help you keep track of your most important items. Recycle craft ideas are always fun, but this project takes it to another level. Instead of creating a decorative piece you will only look at and admire, you'll create a project that is practical and versatile. All you need is three post office boxes and some paint to get started. Be sure to add your own fun embellishments to the project and turn it into an original piece.

Primary TechniquePaper Crafts


Materials List

  • 3 USPS Medium Boxes
  • Paint in your color of choice
  • Foam brush
  • Glue
  • Paint pen
  • Masking tape

How to Make a Desk Organizer from Old Boxes


  1. Take lids off of the medium boxes or fold them into the box.

  2. Paint your box. (I went with black from mine)

  3. Glue together all three boxes. Be sure to use a lot!

  4. Use a paint pen to create a design of your choice.

Why You'll Love This Recycled Craft

Are you ready to tackle the clutter on your desk and turn it into a visually appealing and functional space? Look no further than the Paper Box Desk Organizer craft project! Here are the top 3 reasons why you should give this craft a try:

1. Organize with Style: Say goodbye to messy piles of paper and hello to a neat and tidy workspace. The Paper Box Desk Organizer provides designated compartments for all your essential items, making it easy to keep everything in its place. Plus, with the option to add your own personal touch with paint and embellishments, you can create a custom organizer that reflects your unique style.

2. Eco-Friendly DIY: Upcycling post office boxes for this craft project not only gives them a new purpose but also helps reduce waste. By using materials that might have otherwise ended up in the trash, you can feel good about creating a practical and sustainable solution for organizing your desk.

3. Versatile Functionality: The Paper Box Desk Organizer is not just limited to holding paper – it can also be used to store pens, markers, sticky notes, and other office supplies. And because it's made from sturdy cardboard, you can easily move it around your workspace or even take it with you on the go. With its versatility and functionality, this craft project is sure to become a staple in your daily routine.

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Over the years I have made several of these Speaking from personal experience I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed and Voila They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM Personally I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly Reinforcing the boxes means you canRead More put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable I hope this helps BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK

Desk organizers can be quite pricy or not what you like so making this paper box ones are a good idea. They are inexpensive and you can get color by painting and decorate any way you like. This is great for a home office or even your college dorms. Use in craft room or your office the uses are endless. Super idea and anyone can do this.

Papers, Papers, and more papers! They are everywhere in my office I can't find my desk because of all these documents. So this DIY is perfect for me. But I also have a need to store my scrapbook papers. Does anyone know where I can find some boxes in those sizes? That would be great.

I believe it's ILLEGAL to use boxes from the U.S. Post Office for anything other than what they were meant for: mailing. After a box is used, it would probably be O.K.

Uh, no. The USPS sells the boxes as a convenience product for use by customers for mailing items. They may be used in any manner the purchaser chooses new or recycled.

Those USPS boxes aren't strong enough to hold the weight of so many books like the picture shows. After awhile, they will sag and collapse. And, putting the books upright on the desk would take less space than the boxes, and a couple of wire mesh book ends would keep the books upright with very little space requirement.

Hi there, Thanks so much for the feedback, we appreciate your insight! - Julia from FaveCrafts


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