DIY Wood and White Desk Organizers


Hello and welcome to Drawn to DIY!

Last week, I posted a refreshing drink recipe with Matcha.

Today, I'm sharing simple and modern organizers for your desk space.

Since I started blogging last May, my work space has gone through a lot of changes. For one, I now have a work space! Initially, I made use of our dining table, clothing rack, even our bed, and while searching for a small something among other big somethings was sooo much fun, I eventually bought a desk. The only thing I didn't realize is that having a desk sort of backfired. My huge pile of "blog stuff" previously resting on the floor or dresser, simply transferred to my desk...and it's getting bigger!

So for this week's DIY, I decided to tackle organization. I'm taking things slow and starting with the basics—file sorter, pen holder, and desk planter. 


I chose to go with a mid-century modern theme by using wood and white. If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I love this kind of design/style at the moment. I say "at the moment" because I really can't decide at times between mid-century modern and Scandinavian. They're both so beautiful! On the other hand, this dilemma is convenient since I don't have to invest in expensive pieces for the time being, and I get to do a DIY until I decide. Ha!



  1. Wood Con-tact paper
  2. White cardstock paper
  3. White cardboard file sorters (I got mine from Ikea, 4 for $0.99)
  4. Square cardboard boxes (I got mine from the dollar store, 2 for $0.99)
  5. Scissors / X-Acto knife
  6. Ruler
  7. Tape

Steps for the file sorter:

  1. Assemble a cardboard file sorter and lay it out on top of the back of the Con-tact paper.
  2. Trace the cardboard file sorter making sure to get all four sides (not the bottom). Cut out.
  3. Measure 1" from the bottom, and cut the strip to use for later.
  4. Slowly peel and stick the Con-tact paper onto the file sorter. Make sure the top edges/curves line up. An inch of white file sorter should still be seen from the bottom.
  5. Repeat the steps for as many file sorters you want.

Steps for the pen holder and desk planter:

  1. Wrap both square cardboard boxes using white cardstock paper.
  2. For the pen holder, use the Con-tact paper strip leftover from making the file sorter (step 3). Peel and stick onto the top of the box.
  3. For the desk planter, cut out Con-tact paper triangles. Since my box is 3x3", I cut out four triangles (one for each side of the box) and each is 3" in length and height. Peel and adhere onto the box.

I really like the look of wood and white, if you ask me. Not only is this look simple and modern, but it's also a welcomed alternative to the usual black and white I would normally choose. It also gives my desk an illusion of "clean" which really does encourage me to work better...and feel guilty if I mess it up!


Share below:

Do you like the look of wood and white? Do you have any organization tips you'd like to share (please)?


See you again next week for another free printable and a DIY to take to the beach!