I’d seen a desk organizer on Pinterest, but when I clicked the image, there were no instructions on how to make it or who the original creative mind was?
Don’t you hate when that happens?
I don’t mean to take credit where it isn’t due, but without the original pinner to be found, I had to create my own version to share.
Desk organizer from a repurposed frame:
- a picture frame – any size, but one with the stand on the back
- twice the height of the picture frame in material
- some basic sewing skills or hand-stitching ability
- tacky glue (optional)
I picked up this guy at a local thrift store for $3. You could find them for much less at garage sales, but garage sale “season” in Canada doesn’t start for another couple/few months.
I’m not entirely sold on the gold – this may end up spray-painted at some point, but for now, it will do.
Take the backing off of your frame and remove the glass and cardboard pieces.
Fold your material once or twice to create pockets to hold your essentials. Here I made one pocket deep enough to hold envelopes and a second pocket deep enough to hold pens. There are no specific measurements for this – it’s going to depend on the size of your frame and the objects you want to insert into the pockets.
Once you have determined the pocket depths on your desk organizer – sew along the upper edge of each.
Next you’ll want to sew a straight line down the sides. This will keep your pockets in place so they don’t pull open or sag. I added an additional pocket in my desk organizer (see 2nd arrow down) so that my pens would be held separately and wouldn’t fall over.
Flip your fabric over and place the cardboard insert that came with your frame on top. This insert should be just slightly smaller than the glass. If it’s too small, you’ll need to cut some cardboard to replace it. The idea being that the glass won’t fit back into the frame with the fabric around it, and even if it did – chances are you’d break the glass by inserting and removing your desk supplies. The cardboard is a bit smaller so it will fit back in once covered, and it also allows for a bit of ‘give’.
(Trust me, this is a “learned the hard way” tip)
Put the fabric covered cardboard back into the frame and glue the excess material down (optional – the frame should be tight enough to hold it in place by itself).
Close the backing back up and your desk organizer is done!
I made two versions of this – a 5×7″ and an 8×10″
This is such a great repurposing idea – you can store these anywhere and they make such a small footprint!
I didn’t have any coupons to use as props, but you could house this by the fridge for your coupons, grocery list etc.
I was thinking you could use this desk organizer for make-up brushes, but on second thought the fabric would get grungy with accumulated powders.
Put one by the telephone for messages, or create one near the door so you can just tuck mail into it – separate pockets for each person?
Below is Maddie’s homework station… (This is the 5×7″ frame)
and this is mine.
As an added bonus, I was able to tuck the girls’ school photos into the edge of the frame as well!
Roughly 20 minutes and you have a great repurpose for old frames!
Have a great one!
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