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DIY: desk organizer

Hi guys!  I hope you’re ready for another MacGyver project!  I am pretty happy with this one and think you’ll get a chuckle out of it.  Would you believe this desk organizer is made from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow box frames!?  I know…I’m nuts!

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I know this is said a TON out there in blog-ville, but I did have all these supplies on hand!  I swear.  I picked up three of these lucite shadow box frames at Michael’s a few months ago when I made my lucite tray.  I think I chose 3 because that’s how many sizes they come in.  So I used one to make my tray and had two left over [I can hear my first grade teacher breathe a sigh of relief at my math skills].  I then grabbed one of our plastic hangers and got busy!

diy a desk organizer from plastic hangers and lucite shadow boxes

I have no clue why I slapped this zebra contact paper on these trays.  Please ignore. 

diy a desk organizer using plastic hangers and lucite shadow box

To start grab your hanger and cut off the ends.  I simply cut off a length that I thought would look nice.  Once you cut one end off, flip it over onto the remaining end of your hanger and cut the exact same size off.

diy desk organizer made from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

Place one end of the hanger against the outside of the frame and make a mark on the hanger where your holes will go.  Then slowly drill a hole through the hanger on both sides. diy a desk organizer using a plastic hanger and lucite box

Once your holes are made on the hanger place it inside the frame roughly centered and make a mark on the frame where the holes on the hanger are.  Now SLOWLY [that is key since you don't want to crack the frame!] drill your holes in the frame.  Once you drill both holes on the frame, place your hanger inside the frame, line up all the holes and screw them together.

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Now repeat this on the other side of the frame.  [If you're smarter than moi, you would use flat tip screws.  I used what I had on hand].

make a desk organizer from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow boxes

Now lay your frame on its back [above picture] on a level surface.  Slip your smaller frame in between the hangers to a point where you like.  I spaced mine about a clenched-fist distance apart.  Put a mark on both sides of your hanger where you will drill your next set of holes.  Drill a hole on each side.  Mark on the lucite frame where your next set of holes will be.  Drill one hole on each side of the frame.  Screw the hanger and frame together.

make a diy desk organizer from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

make a diy desk organizer from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

This is what your now desk organizer should look like!  I know I probably rambled on in the steps above; just trying to be a good little blogger.  This is a VERY easy project! I love the way this looked at this stage, but my kids got a hold of these frames with who-knows-what-permanent-substance-that-is so I had no choice but to paint it.  Yes, I painted right over the contact paper too.  Yup, I’m that lazy.

diy a desk organizer from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

I got out my acrylic Montana Cans chrome gold spray paint and gave my desk organizer a quick spritz.  Never one to stop at just a little spray paint, I decided I wanted to add some coral to the mix as well.  I cut two thin pieces of cardboard to the size of each frame and painted each.

make a desk organizer from plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

make a coral and gold diy desk organizer from plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

Once everything was dry [apx 1 hour] I slipped each piece of cardboard under the screws.  Speaking of screws, I decided to camouflage them a bit by using a few silver thumb tacks.

make a gold and coral desk organizer from plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

I snipped off the sharp ends, added a tiny blob of hot glue and placed them over the screw heads.  You’re done!how to make a desk organizer from a hanger and two frames

make a desk organizer from a hanger and two picture frames

diy desk organizer from a hanger and picture frames

a diy desk organizer made from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow boxes

Pretty funny what you can make with stuff just laying around the house.

how to make desk organizer from a hanger and two frames

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DIY Easy lucite tray

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I recently saw this brilliant idea on Dwellings by Devore and was so amazed!  It’s not only easy (15 minutes max!), but very inexpensive and…GORGEOUS!  All you need is an acrylic shadow box, handles (I have had a pack of lucite ones from IKEA for quite some time) and a screwdriver!

To get started, I made a quick trip to Michael’s this afternoon and purchased this acrylic shadow box for $8.99.  The one I used for this project measured 11″ x 14″.

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I have had these acrylic handles for several months now and have been waiting to use them on just the right project.  And here we are!  (You cannot beat the price of these…$2.99 for a 6-pack!)

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The next step is to accurately measure eyeball where you want the handles.

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Make two small dots with a marker where you will be drilling.

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Drill, baby, drill!

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The screws that came with the handles were way too long and therefore the handle was not secure at.all. I rummaged through my ever-expanding pile of screws and finally found the perfect ones.

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Attach your handles and you’re done!  Isn’t this so cool?  I just love it!

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Like the tutorial on Dwellings by Devore I wanted a print to cover the bottom.  So then I rummaged through my ever-expanding pile of fabrics and cut a piece of b+w chevron to size and put it in the bottom of the tray.

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I could have put this tray just about anywhere in the house.  I decided to give it to my boy, as he is not too happy with Mama right now for painting his room a v.e.r.y. dark color.   We are going to paint it a light color again with one wall orange.  Stay tuned for that!

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For a total of $12 I was able to make a one-of-a-kind tray.

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