Back to school means back to homework. Whether your kids have a desk or just work at the dining table, keeping the area organized is a must. There have been plenty of times in the past where Sniffles(9) sat down to do her homework, but couldn’t find an 8 1/2 by 11-inch space on her desk to set a piece of paper. Organization is not her strongest skill. To help her, I made this kids desk organizer with recycled materials. It uses empty oatmeal containers and a takeout drink holder. Don’t eat that much oatmeal? Check out my breakfast recipes using oats for some inspiration. Then, get the kids excited for back to school by letting them make this cute desk organizer.
This idea is almost so simple that there is no need for a tutorial. I really like that it is portable, too. So the kids can take it anywhere in the house. It’s also practical for taking art supplies in the car. I’ve found more than one melted crayon hiding under a seat, so keeping supplies neat while traveling is important.
How to make a kids desk organizer
- 4 empty oatmeal containers – Coffee containers would work too, or anything else similarly shaped.
- 1 portable drink carrier – Ours came from Sonic. I saved it for months, trying to figure out what to do with it. The cardboard is really sturdy.
- duct tape, any design
Making this kids desk organizer really is a no-brainer.
Wrap the duct tape around the oatmeal container, one line at a time. Cut eat piece to just overlap. I used four pieces on each container. Carefully smooth out the wrinkles as you go.
Make all four containers the same or different. This one is for the kids, so I made them all different and used bright colors. For an adult, they make some pretty classy looking duct tape. You could also use washi tape any other decorative tape.
I left the drink carrier as-is because it is plain. If yours is covered in words and logos, you might want to wrap it with tape too. Then just slide each of the four containers into a drink slot.
All together, this took me about half an hour. The hardest part was cutting through the duct tape with my scissors. So sticky…
I made up these free printable labels that fit the lids. They measure about four inches across, the same size as the lids. One sheet is already labeled – pencils, markers, crayons and colored pencils. I made a second sheet that is blank. You can print it off and write in whatever you want to put in the containers.
What else would you use this kids desk organizer for?
I’m thinking the containers would look pretty in the pantry. They would also work for organizing small toys for travel.
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