Recycled Desk Organizer

Are you looking to get organized while saving money and the environment? If the answer is yes, this desk organizer is perfect for you. You'll be able to organize all your office supplies into this handy container made from an upcycled cereal box.


  • Cereal box
  • Blade/Exacto Knife
    • WARNING: the blade is sharp, be careful not to cut yourself
  • Ruler
  • Pen or marker
  • Cutting Surface
    • NOTE: use this cutting surface to keep from making cut marks on your table

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Step 1: Cut Out the Front

Cut out the front of the box so only the front cover of the cereal box visible. Make sure you are cutting on your cutting surface at all times.

Step 2: Measure Out Your Squares

Use a ruler to measure out a 2 in. by 2 in. square on each corner of the box.

Step 3: Cut Out the Squares

Cut out the squares you measured and drew out.

Step 4: Mark Out the Base and Top Margin

Fold up the sides of the box, so you have a rectangular prism. Mark out the base of your box and make a quarter inch margin at the top of each side.

Step 5: Cut the Sides, But Not All the Way

Cut silts in the sides, but DO NOT cut all the way to the end. Start at the bottom of the quarter inch margin and cut towards the base of the box. Make sure to never cut through your quarter inch margin! If the sides of your box don't measure to even half inches, then your last strip on those sides will be slightly over or under half an inch.

  • Note: if at any point your quarter inch margin does get cut or torn, you can fix it using a small piece of tape.

Step 6: Making Your Weaving Materials

Cut the top and bottom of the remaining cereal box off, then cut the remainder of the bow into half inch wide strips. These strips will be woven through the silts in the sides of the box to join them together.

Step 7: Weave Your Box

Take a strip of the cereal box and weave it through the strips you cut in the box sides. Move your strip over a cut in the box and under the next cut and repeat until you reach where you started. When you reach the end of your strip, you can lengthen it by overlapping a new strip with the old by 2 inches and continuing to weave.

To finish a layer, overlap the end of your strip with about the first 2 inches of the beginning of the strip (where you started the layer), and trim off the remainder.

Step 8: Repeat

Repeat step 7 until you have filled in all the cuts in the box.

Step 9: You Have Completed Your Recycled Materials Box!

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