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Paper Box Desk Organizer

Updated February 14, 2020

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

Easy

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

Instructions:

  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.

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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 can 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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