An uninspirational desk will lead to uninspirational ideas. Ensure yours is positively dripping with creativity by whipping up a few desk tidies; find a few shallow boxes (with lids, preferably), then follow our instructions below for a neat and crisp finish. We’ve used paper, but you could easily get the same effect with fabric, especially if you have a few scraps lying about. As they’re so simple to make, you could even switch up the design seasonally or for different occasions.
- Box with lid
- Patterned paper
- Double-sided tape
Find a suitable box with a separate lid. Cover the bottom with strips of patterned paper, folding 1cm over the top edge and using double sided tape to secure.
Fold over and mitre the corners of the other edge of the strip, then fix to the base of the box. Cover the base with a rectangle of plain card to neaten.
Cover the top of the box with a large rectangle of paper, positioning the pattern centrally. Fold the long sides in, fixing the edges inside.
Clip from the short edges to the corners, fold in the tabs before folding in the short sides and fixing as before.