Write notes with style or make this desk caddy for a gift–either way–what a fun way to dress up everyday tasks!
I am excited to share this project with you as part of a design team for Sincerely Rina. The papers I used for this project are from her beautiful paper collection entitled Tales of a French Muse; they are stunning! The paper is quality stuff–80 lb. paper printed with pigment ink, acid-free in 12×12 sheets. Perfect!
This paper project is easy to make and I’ll break it up into sections and show you lots of pictures to help with explanations. Let’s get started!
Credit for this fun desk caddy goes to Lea Denton from The Crafty Spark. I watched her tutorial on YouTube and I fell in love with it. Great work!
- Scraps of design paper for decorating the sides, drawer and easel, including two 4″x 6″ (or similar measurements) cutout cards
- Solid color cardstock for basic construction: 2 pieces cardstock 4″x 6″, 1 piece cardstock 6″ x 8″, 1 piece cardstock 7 7/8″ x 8 1/8″, 1 piece cardstock 7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″
- chipboard: 2 pieces 4″ x 6″
- embellishments, including something to use as a drawer pull, easel stopper and feet
- mini calendar ( I printed mine off the “images of mini calendar” page and cut it apart)
- Typical papercrafting supplies: glue or tape runner, scoring tool (or use a ruler and blunt object), scissors, paper trimmer (or measure lines and cut with scissors), scissors, paper cutter (or measure lines and cut with scissors)
SECTION #1–MAKE THE DRAWER. Use 10 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ cardstock.
1. Score 10 1/2″ side at 1/2″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 8″, 9″, 10″
2. Score 7 1/2″ side at 1″, 2″, 5 1/2″, 6 1/2″
3. Fold all lines in toward center. Burnish.
4. Cut out a rectangle from all four corners, cutting the second line up from the bottom and the second line from the side edge, as shown.
5. Now make a slit two lines up from the bottom on all four corners. Trim a slight triangle off both sides of the new tab you just created, cutting more off the bottom and taper to top. (I don’t have a picture.)
6. Fold tab to inside and spread glue on tab. Lift up the adjacent side and glue tab onto inside. Repeat on all corners.
7. Glue inside of each short side piece and fold down to inside of drawer. You will have an extra little edge that will wind up skimming the drawer’s bottom and folding in the opposite direction; this serves to strengthen the bottom.
8. In a similar fashion, glue and fold down long sides to inside of drawer. Ink all edges.
9. Decorate the inside of the drawer. I matted a cutout card from the paper collection, inking the edges with a soft brown ink.
10. Cut a scrap 7/8″ x 5 3/8″, ink edges and glue onto front. Find center and add a drawer pull. You may use anything here: a brad, button, wood plug, 3-D embellishment, etc. I found some cool hitch fasteners from the Tim Holtz paper supply section at Hobby Lobby.
SECTION # 2–MAKE THE DRAWER SLEEVE. Use 7 7/8″ x 8 1/8″ cardstock.
1.On the 7 7/8″ side, score at 1 1/8″ and 6 3/4″.
2.On the 8 1/8″ side, score at 3 1/2″ and 4 5/8″.
3.Fold all edges up toward center. Burnish.
4. On the two sides where there is a small square in the center, make a slit up to the score line on each side of the square. Notch tab you just created on each side as shown in picture.
5. Fold tab to inside and spread it with glue. Lift adjacent side and glue tabs onto inside. Repeat on other side.
6. Put glue on remaining long flap. Glue onto inside of short end. Repeat on other side. Ink all edges.
SECTION # 3–MAKE BASE. Use 4″ x 6″ cardstock.
1. For extra support, glue chipboard under 4″ x 6″ piece of cardstock to make your base. Ink edges.
2. Center and glue drawer sleeve on top of base. Burnish, reaching inside of sleeve to help get entire surface.
3. Cut one 7/8″ x 5 3/8″ piece and two 7/8″ x 3 3/8″ pieces of design paper. Ink edges. Glue onto back and sides of sleeve.
4. Glue little feet onto base. I used wooden finial caps I found at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. I inked them with soft brown ink before I glued them on.
SECTION #4–MAKE EASEL BASE. Use 6″ x 8″ cardstock.
1. On 8″ side, score cardstock at 2″ and 4″. Ink all edges.
2. With largest section closest to you, fold on both lines going toward you. Finished easel base will look like this.
3. Cut a 3 7/8″ x 5 3/4″ piece of design paper. Ink edges. Glue onto large section of easel base, as shown in picture.
4. Use the other 4″ x 6″ chipboard and glue underneath large section of easel base to help support easel base.
5. Glue 3-dimensional embellishment onto easel base, centering near front.
SECTION #5–MAKE EASEL. Use 4″ x 6″ cardstock.
1. Decorate easel. I glued a 4″ x 6″ cutout on top, inked the edges, glued on embellishments and a mini calendar.
2. Glue easel onto easel base.
YOU ARE DONE!!! Love, love this project! I hope you give this a try.
Bonus project: Post-it note cover (3″ x 3″ size).
Cut designer paper 7 7/8″ x 3″. Score on 7 7/8″ side at 2 5/8″, 3″, 6″, 6 3/8″. Fold around Post-it pad. Glue Post-it pad onto 3″ x 3″ section of inside of designer paper, making sure bottom of pad is facing small section. Using 3-D foam tape, mount an embellishment on right side of designer paper, centering near bottom of smaller flap. Fold larger flap down over smaller section and tuck under embellishment.