I am a sucker for organizational containers- and if it is cute?! Like this faux book DIY desk organizer? I need to have it. You would never guess that these “books” are actually paper mache. I think they would make a great teacher gift. The colors can be customized according to your taste, or to match the decor in your home or office!
- Large Paper Mache Book Box (2)
- Medium Paper Mache Book Box (4)
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Silver Metallic Cardstock
- Patterned Scrapbook Paper (5, 12 x 12 sheets)
- Darice Rectangle Nesting Craft Die Cuts
- Darice Custom Craft Die Cut Tags
- Mod Podge® Matte
- Silver Hobby Knife Craft Tool
- Dual Temp Glue Gun
When the books are arranged, you can see that not all of the book covers will be visible when they are adhered together as the final DIY desk organizer. I quickly took a pen and marked the covers that would show. This saved me time Mod Podging areas that I didn’t need to. Take a minute to mark the tops of the books as well. This comes in handy later.
Open a book. You should have the top marked. To create the DIy desk organizer, you will remove the tops of the standing books.
Run a line of hot glue on the three edges of the book that are still intact.
Repeat for each book. When all of the book tops have been removed, and are glued shut, you can glue the books to each other to create your organizer.
I added some “metal accents” with Tim Holtz Metallic Core cardstock. I used a crimping tool to create some metal “bands.” You could also use embossing folders here.
I adhered these to the books using hot glue. Later, when I decide what I am going to store in my DIY desk organizer (I have lots of ideas!) I will use the book plates to label the books with the contents.
If you enjoyed this faux book themed tutorial you will love this post on How to Make Your Own Book DIY Lamp.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).