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DIY Jute-Laced Desk Organizers

Simple materials and casual (but not sloppy) construction both aptly describe these organizers for the home office. Once you’ve mastered the construction steps it’s easy to create different sizes and shapes to suit your storage needs.

You Will Need

140 lb. Fabriano murrillo paper, Metal-edge ruler, Sharp pencil, Craft knife, Bone folder, Hole punch, Eyelets and eyelet punch, Jute, Cellophane tape (optional)

*Use any heavyweight paper yu desire. Poster board and watercolor papers are excellent alternate choices.

Determine the size of your container base. Keep in mind that the base for your first container should be square. Use a six-inch (15.2 cm) square base and 21/2-inch-tall (6.4 cm) sides for your first container. Create a grid on your stiff paper using a metal-edge ruler and sharp pencil. Mark the height of the sides, then the width of the base, and finally the height again. Turn the paper and mark these measurements once more to form a square grid of nine. Cut out the square grid with a craft knife.

How wide do you wish the top of your container to be? This will determine the angle of the sides. For your first container, make a mark one inch (2.5 cm) from each side at the top, as shown. Use a metal-edge ruler to connect the marks from the top to the corner of the base. Use a bone folder to score the lines of the square base.

Cut out the angled shapes you marked in step 2.

Use a handheld eyelet punch to set the eyelets along each side.

Use one of the cut-out shapes or another piece of paper to create a template for the spacing of the holes you will punch along each side. Use an odd number of holes. When you are satisfied with the spacing of the holes, use the template to mark each edge. This will ensure that the holes you punch are aligned with the holes on the adjacent edges. Punch the marked holes with a hole punch.

Cut four lengths of jute, each measuring four U times the height of your sides. If you are lacing a tall shape, wind a bit of tape on each end of your jute to prevent raveling. Start lacing at the top of two adjacent sides. Bring the ends through the eyelets from the inside. Then cross the laces to opposite sides, just as you would when you lace your shoes. Pull the adjacent sides together gradually as you work your way to the base. End the lacing on the inside, knot the jute, and trim it closely. Lace all the sides this way.

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