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Craft Supply Desk Organizer

Posted by Graphic 45 01/17/2020 14 Comment(s) Home Decor,Tutorials,


Hello, G45ers!

Happy Fri-yay!  We are excited to share an Upcycled Desk Organizer tutorial with you today.  Tanya Scrap shows us how to take a plain wooden storage box and turn it into a fabulous Craft Embellishment Storage.  We are loving how easy it is to grab all your favorite go to Graphic 45 Staples.  This is a great example of what you can do for our #G45Box - January Challenge.  Be sure to leave your love and feedback in the comments below. 


#G45Box - Life’s a Journey Storage Box/Desk Organizer

By Tanya Scrap


“Hello dear G45ers! 

Happy to share with you my project for the #G45Box challenge this month featuring the beautiful Life's a Journey collection! I have altered a simple and easy wooden storage box starring the fabulous black and white pattern papers in this collection. I will use this box to store most of my G45 supplies and loose staples.


Herewith the Supplies and Instructions you may use to recreate such a project:


Graphic 45 Supply List:

Life's a Journey 12x12 Collection Pack

Life's a Journey 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad

Antique Brass Claw Feet

Antique Brass Door Pulls

Black 12x12 Chipboard Sheets (10 pack)



Life's a Journey Collection 12x12 Paper Pad

Life's a Journey Collection 12x12 Patterns and Solids Paper Pad 

Antique Brass Claw Feet 

Antique Brass Door Pulls 

Black 12x12 Chipboard Sheets


Other Supplies used:

Wooden Storage Box (Mail Organizer with drawer)

White Chalk Paint


This was originally a 'mail organizer' box and it measures 26 cm x 14 cm x 21 cm. Paint the box 

randomly with some white chalk paint giving it a shabby chic look.


Tip: When choosing a box to alter, make sure to get one with a drawer. Use the drawer as extra storage for all those loose G45 metal embellishments. 


I was not fond of the shape of the top section of the box and thus decided to cut a different shape from the G45 black chipboard as shown in the picture below. I used a border rectangle cutting die (optional) to trace the shape of the corners.



Trace the shape of the sides of the box onto the pattern sheets with a pencil, cut and glue onto

the box.


Remove the handle from the drawer. Mat the wood dividers that slide in and out as well as the drawer with the pattern sheets. 


Line the inside of the drawer with some G45 black chipboard.


The claw feet and door pulls add a nice touch to the box.



Perfect storage, keeping all your favourite G45 supplies close at hand.

The drawer comes in pretty handy for all those loose metal embellishments. 



Tip: Remember to keep your G45 packaging. These are awesome for use on projects. I also usually ink on them or mix paint/texture pastes, great to use and then just throw away afterwards.



Thanks for stopping by! 


Happy Papercrafting!” 




Happy Papercrafting!  



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14 Comment(s)

Lynn Harrell:
01/17/2020, 12:35:35 PM

Great project. Going to check my wood stash (lots of storage pieces in that stash) and see what can be repurposed. Thanks for sharing with us.

Bev Drake:
01/17/2020, 12:51:54 PM

Great idea Tanya & love how you changed the look of the top section. Like the choice of papers too.

Linda Bennett:
01/17/2020, 02:11:55 PM

I have spent more than 45 minutes trying to track down mail organizer with drawer. I’m not too happy about that. Where can I purchase it. Thank you, Linda

01/25/2020, 02:38:14 AM

Hi Linda. I bought this box at a local craft store. Have a look on this link, it is something similar to the one I have... Happy Papercrafting, Tanya

Sonja Van Laar:
01/17/2020, 07:18:03 PM

What a great transformation! Definitely leveled UP!

Glenda Buster:
01/17/2020, 09:47:59 PM

Thank you for sharing this lovely and useful project! Great idea to use a sturdy wooden box. It makes a beautiful display piece and keeps Graphic 45 goodies easily accessible!

01/18/2020, 09:29:59 AM

Love this idea! I could use this at work. Where did you get the box?

01/25/2020, 02:39:36 AM

Hi Nancy. I bought this box at a local craft store. Have a look on this link, it is something similar to the one I have... Happy Papercrafting, Tanya

Gina Bloyaert:
01/18/2020, 12:28:37 PM

Hey Tanya, Thank you for this tutorial that you make for al of us. Mvg gIna België

Annika Birgestrand:
01/18/2020, 03:05:00 PM

All new things!

01/18/2020, 08:01:46 PM

Great idea and creation!

01/19/2020, 01:09:58 AM

Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing your project with us. Love all the embellishments. Wish we could get them in the UK.

01/20/2020, 04:37:34 PM

I have looked everywhere I can think of to get the box with the draw like you please.. Thanks so much, Joanne

01/25/2020, 02:40:38 AM

Hi Joanne. I bought this box at a local craft store. Have a look on this link, it is something similar to the one I have... Happy Papercrafting, Tanya

Kelly Stanoyevic:
01/21/2020, 11:36:52 AM

I Saw boxes like this at Tuesday morning by the stationary.Also try TJ Max or Marshals they carry things like this. Happy hunting love your beautiful box.

01/25/2020, 09:11:13 AM

Fabulous project! For the folks having trouble finding a box, I did not find one exactly like this, but I found a number of similar items on Amazon by searching "wood mail organizer drawer" and on Google by googling "wood mail organizer drawer". Hope that's helpful.

Susan Steele:
02/25/2020, 06:18:29 AM

This Crafty Supply Desk Organizer is very beautiful decorated with G45 papers! Sorry ...But I absolutely would not use those beautiful black and gold empty packaging ...especially with the grommets at the top, for painting on! Those covered with G45 papers make excellent single ring little top flip albums!!! Or covered for cards ...or ...possibilities are endless!!! If you have too many...I'll be glad to take them off your hands! Lol! Hugs, Suzy Q

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