Originally posted 2015-01-16 08:00:22.
An Inexpensive and Pretty Desk Organizer to Make
On my other site, Designs by Studio C, I made a PVC pipe organizer similar to one I saw in a catalog. Working with PVC pipe is easy, inexpensive, and you can make a whole lot of neat stuff with it! I made a new desk organizer with PVC pipe and paper, and it came out awesome! Let me show you how I did it…
- 2″ PVC pipe
- Miter saw or handsaw and miter box
- Scrapbooking Paper
- Mod Podge (<–affiliate link!)
- Craft knife
- 3 – 2″ PVC knock-out plugs
- Liquid Nails
- Contrasting acrylic paint & paint brush
Start by cutting three pieces of the PVC pipe at 4″ long, with a 45° angle at one end. PVC can be cut with a handsaw, a miter saw, or if you’re really nice to the people at the home improvement store where the PVC is purchased, they may cut it for you!
Thoroughly wash and dry the pieces. I used warm water and dishwashing liquid, them let them dry. Use the 80 grit sandpaper to rough up the outside of the pipe pieces. This will give a surface for the Mod Podge to adhere.
Measure the outside circumference of the pipe and cut pieces of scrapbooking paper to cover the pipe. I cut the pieces of paper I used at 4-1/2″ x 7-3/4″. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to one of the pipe pieces, then wrap the scrapbooking paper around the pipe. The seam can be at the center of the back of the pipe so it will be hidden when the pipes are glued to each other.
Once the Mod Podge dries (I waited overnight), trim the excess paper away from the top with a craft knife. I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the paper to protect it.
Glue the knock-out plugs to the bottom of the pipe with a bit of Liquid Nails. (The UPC tags were too much of a pain to remove so they are staying!)
When the Liquid Nails is dry, set the pieces on a flat surface in a circle with the highest point of the angle facing the center. Use a pencil to make a mark on the top where the back of the pipes touch each other. Apply a line of Liquid Nails along the length of the pipes, line up the marks, and press the pieces together. Let the Liquid Nails set up.
Use the craft paint to add a bit of contrast to the top (angled) edge of the pipes.
That’s it! Easy, right? I think it is the prettiest desk organizer made with PVC pipe and paper I’ve ever seen! I think I will use mine to hold sponge brushes for painting and other projects. This organizer would also make a fabulous gift!
What would you make with PVC? Leave a comment below!
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