Hi teacher friends! I thought a fun DIY tutorial would be a great post as we are almost headed into the weekend. And this one is super simple and fun! Have a drawer you need to organize? Well, if you have to organize it anyway, might as well make it cute along the way!
This is so easy, you can complete it in an hour or less!
Step One: Empty a drawer (that step might take you a little longer than the other project – lol).
Step Two: Grab some empty jewelry boxes. You might have a bunch sitting in your jewelry box already, and if so – score! If you don’t have any laying around, I found mine at the local craft store, at a cost of less than $10 for 4 packages all in different sizes.
Step Three: Set up the jewelry boxes in your desk drawer however you like best! Tip: Take a picture of this arrangement so when you start pulling the boxes back out to add your inserts, you don’t have to remember what goes where.
Step Four: Grab some washi tape (mine came mostly from Downtown Tape) in any color combo you like. Pull off a little piece of tape and place it in each box so you can see how your colors and patterns will play out in the final version.
Next, I actually pulled the boxes out of the drawer and replicated the same design on my worktable just so I had more room to work. You will also need plain cardstock in any color you choose and either scissors or a paper cutter. I didn’t end up using the ruler.
Step Five: Place some tape for your first box on the cardstock. Try to match up the patterns as best as possible when you are lining up the strips.
Step Six: Take your box and place it on top of the tape. Use a pencil to trace the box shape on top of the tape.
Step 7: Use the paper cutter or scissors to cut on the lines – or even slightly inside so it fits nicely in the box.
Step 8: Take your insert and place it inside the box. You can choose to tape it or glue it in if you prefer for it not to move at all. Personally, I like letting it sit unattached because if you choose to change your colors or arrangement at any time, just flip the box over and replace with a new taped cardstock piece.
Below is another finished box in the set.
After you finish all the boxes, put them back into your drawer! I set up mine so they all jigsawed in there wonderfully, but if you aren’t so lucky or choose not to jigsaw them in, you can hot glue the boxes together so they don’t move and/or hot glue them in place inside the drawer. Too cute!
Add your supplies as you like!
Have fun organizing your custom desk drawers! You can update them as little or as much as you like, and you can coordinate your colors with your classroom theme! Yay!
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