I've been saving some cereal boxes and toilet paper/paper towel rolls for awhile. I'm not just some weird hoarder – I had a purpose. My goal was to recycle these items in a Mod Podge project. I thought, if everyone else can use these items for crafts, I can too. So I challenged myself! It's kind of fun to do that sometimes to see what you come up with.
Based on what I had in my stash, I created this DIY desk organizer, aka the perfect recycled craft. I just used what was on hand so I didn't even spend one dollar for this. I won't say it's totally free because you might have to buy some supplies . . . but you should challenge yourself to see how cheaply you can make it! Here's how I made mine using decoupage.
DIY Desk Organizer
Gather These Supplies
- Cereal boxes and toilet paper rolls
- Wood plaques
- Mod Podge Satin – if children do this project, use Mod Podge Kids Washout
- Acrylic paint in the colors of your choice
- Scrapbook paper to cover your boxes and rolls
- Ribbon in coordinating colors
- Craft knife
- Craft glue
- Pen or pencil
I had no idea how to measure the cereal box for my bins, I'm going to be honest with you. So I just cut 1/4th of the box off of the bottom and then proceeded to cut the rest of the box in that same manner. I knew I would have a front row and a back row, so I made the “back row” of boxes taller than the front row.
Now this is an optional step . . . but I used some white paint on the edges of my cereal boxes and tubes. Sometimes my paper doesn't match EXACTLY and I didn't want the brown of the tubes or the colors of the box to show (since they didn't match). If you are particular, you might want to do this. If not, don't worry about it.
Add ribbon to the top edge of each compartment with the craft glue. I did it on the rolls as well.
If you want to check out more recycled crafts and organization, here's another post that might interest you!