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using a plastic hanger + frames
Why buy when you can DIY, I say. This is a fun example of how I took something you can buy in any office supply store and made one myself. All you need for this project is a plastic hanger [free], two lucite shadow box frames and some screws. I threw all that together and created this modern desk organizer for almost $0!

Posted by Amy_Krist from C. A. Rosetti, Buzău County, Romania • Published See Amy_Krist's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 1
    Step 1

    To start grab your hanger and cut off the ends. I simply cut off a length that I thought would look nice. Once you cut one end off, flip it over onto the remaining end of your hanger and cut the exact same size off.

  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place one end of the hanger against the outside of the frame and make a mark on the hanger where your holes will go. Then slowly drill a hole through the hanger on both sides.

  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Once your holes are made on the hanger place it inside the frame roughly centered and make a mark on the frame where the holes on the hanger are. Now SLOWLY [that is key since you don't want to crack the frame!] drill your holes in the frame. Once you drill both holes on the frame, place your hanger inside the frame, line up all the holes and screw them together.

  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat step 3 on the other side of the frame.

  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now lay your frame on its back [above picture] on a level surface. Slip your smaller frame in between the hangers to a point where you like. I spaced mine about a clenched-fist distance apart. Put a mark on both sides of your hanger where you will drill your next set of holes. Drill a hole on each side. Mark on the lucite frame where your next set of holes will be. Drill one hole on each side of the frame. Screw the hanger and frame together.

  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 6
    Step 6

    This is what your [now] desk organizer should look like. Paint it as you wish or leave clear.

  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 7
    Step 7

    I chose to paint mine gold and coral.

  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 8
    Step 8

    I painted two pieces of cardboard coral and once dry I fitted it in the top and bottom of my desk organizer.

  • How to make a box. DIY: desk organizer  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sit back and enjoy your completely DIY'ed desk organizer you made from a plastic hanger and shadow box frames!

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