Whether you command a table in your home for work or you're stuck behind a desk all day in an office, there's no disputing that these hard surfaces and claustrophobic cubicles could use some cheering up! We've got twelve DIY projects that are not only adorable and will bring some brightness to your work area — they'll also function to make your life a little bit better by organizing your desk area, too!
Pictured above: Breathe some color and life into those standard perforated metal paper files with some embroidery, spotted on Camille Styles.
Make your own stylish and magnetic desk accessories that will keep all your metal tiny office objects like paper clips and tacks in place. (Could totally see this in a bathroom for bobby pins and the like, too!). Spotted on House of Earnest.
A wood striped pencil cup is just the thing to keep your writing utensils from taking over your desktop. See how to do it on How Did You Make This?.
Minus 78 has the instructions on how to corral all your desktop needs into a stylish and metallic central location.
Ergonomics is vital for making a day's work easier on your body and A New Bloom has a DIY Modern Monitor Stand that is fabulous and stylish for raising the height of your computer monitor.
This DIY Desk Organizer found on Amy Krist is made from surprising items you probably already have around the house.
Keep reminders during the day in a perky, eye-catching and adorable way. Spotted on Sugar & Cloth.
Love the idea of freeing up a huge chunk of your desk being taken up by a giant printer? Make this rad DIY painted-edge printer tray spotted on Jade and Fern and roll that puppy in and out of your office area when you need it.
Nothing's more offensive to the eye than tons of power cords peeking out every which way from your desk. Make them more pleasant with DIY wrapped cords. Seen on Almost Makes Perfect.
Mousing's not exactly glamorous, but with this DIY Faceted Gem Mouse Pad seen on Popsicles & Pinatas it would at least be made a more attractive activity.
Love these Geometric thumb tacks spotted on stuff steph does.
The Red Thread Blog has instructions for rope coil vessels which are lovely for catching lots of little things that end up on one's desk.
What's your favorite cheery DIY project you've made for your desk?
(Image credits: Camille Styles ; House of Earnest ; How Did You Make This?; Minus 78; A New Bloom; Amy Krist; Sugar & Cloth; Jade and Fern; Almost Makes Perfect; Popsicles & Pinatas ; stuff steph does ; The Red Thread Blog)