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39 Desk DIYs That Won't Feel Like Work

There's no place like home.

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You've finally put the finishing touches on your house and you're pretty proud of the results...

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But the one picture of your dog taped to the side of your cubicle at work is just not cutting it. Decorate your desk with a little taste of home with one of these DIY projects that you will be more than happy to work on after hours.

1. If you love free things, then practice your origami skills by making a pencil holder with paper you stole from the printer.

Learn how to make this origami pencil holder on Gathering Beauty.
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Learn how to make this origami pencil holder on Gathering Beauty.

2. If you love shabby chic, then store your tissues in Ball jars.

Learn how to make it on Landeeluu.
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Learn how to make it on Landeeluu.

3. If you love ergonomics and don't give a hoot about design, then build yourself a $22 standing desk with a few pieces of Ikea furniture.

No matter what your style, you should throw this together because sitting is a no-no. See how to make this standing desk using just $22 on I Am Not A Programer.
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No matter what your style, you should throw this together because sitting is a no-no. See how to make this standing desk using just $22 on I Am Not A Programer.

4. If you love to always be in the know, then stand up your iPhone with a paper clip.

Learn how to make it here.
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Learn how to make it here.

5. If you love whimsical accents, then brighten up your trash can by knotting some yarn on the mesh.

From trash cans to cup holders to folder organizers, you can do this to any mesh office furniture. Spray paint is optional. Learn how to do it on The Crafted Life.
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From trash cans to cup holders to folder organizers, you can do this to any mesh office furniture. Spray paint is optional. Learn how to do it on The Crafted Life.

6. If you love abstract designs, then embroider your notebook with some needle and thread.

Learn how to make it on Lana Red Studio.
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Learn how to make it on Lana Red Studio.

7. If you love pretty patterns, then give your pens a makeover with some Washi-Tape.

Learn how to make it on PBTeen.
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Learn how to make it on PBTeen.

8. If you love bright accents, then take notes on these fancy clipboards.

If you don't have vinyl paper, you can just use Mod Podge to adhere a piece of pretty scrapbook paper. Learn how to make these clipboards on Lovely Indeed.
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If you don't have vinyl paper, you can just use Mod Podge to adhere a piece of pretty scrapbook paper.

Learn how to make these clipboards on Lovely Indeed.

9. If you love to have a place for everything, then store your supplies in a few acrylic boxes.

Learn how to make them colorful on Delineate Your Dwelling.
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Learn how to make them colorful on Delineate Your Dwelling.

10. If you love your plants like pets, then glue three cheap bowls together to make an elevated desk planter.

Learn how to make this terrarium at We Are Scout.
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Learn how to make this terrarium at We Are Scout.

11. If you love your plants like pets BUT don't really want to try to think about keeping them alive while you work, then turn your pens into fake succulents.

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Learn how to make it on eHow.

12. If you love nature, then decorate an old mousepad with some stenciling or floral fabric.

Learn how to make this deer mousepad at This Little Street or this floral mousepad on The Crafted Life.

13. If you love overstated minimalism (and contradictions), then pour concrete into fancy ice moulds to pin up notes and reminders.

You could also substitute modeling clay for concrete here for something quick and easy. To get the tiny jewels like these, you'll need to get a few candy molds which you can find at most craft stores. Learn how to make it at Club Crafted.
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You could also substitute modeling clay for concrete here for something quick and easy. To get the tiny jewels like these, you'll need to get a few candy molds which you can find at most craft stores. Learn how to make it at Club Crafted.

14. If you love organization but hate organizing, then build this cork board organizer to keep everything in one place with minimal effort.

Accent your corkboard with any shape or color you want with stencils and a bit of paint. See the full tutorial at Sugar and Cloth.
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Accent your corkboard with any shape or color you want with stencils and a bit of paint. See the full tutorial at Sugar and Cloth.

15. If you love color-blocking, then hang these beautiful folders to corral your stray papers.

Learn how to make them on Emily Henderson.
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Learn how to make them on Emily Henderson.

16. If you love an industrial edge, then glue cork mats together to make a multifunctional pencil and note holder.

Learn how to make it on Design for Mankind.
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Learn how to make it on Design for Mankind.

17. If you love everything glam, then spice up your office supplies with some spray paint and a bottle of nail polish.

Probably not the best idea to paint the company stapler — so paint your own and bring it from home. Learn how to make it at Craftaholique.
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Probably not the best idea to paint the company stapler — so paint your own and bring it from home. Learn how to make it at Craftaholique.

18. If you love positive vibes, then assemble this terrarium to soothe your midday blues.

Learn how to make it on BuzzFeed Nifty.
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Learn how to make it on BuzzFeed Nifty.

19. If you love keepin' it groovy, then cover some high-density foam with faux-fur fabric to make a cozy footrest for under your desk.

Bonus extra seating for any coworker visiting your cube, too. Learn how to make this footrest on A Beautiful Mess.
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Bonus extra seating for any coworker visiting your cube, too. Learn how to make this footrest on A Beautiful Mess.

20. If you love fairytales and romance, then string this heart garland across the top of your cubicle.

Learn how to make this one on Almost Makes Perfect. You can make any kind of garland you like with different plywood shapes. The TomKat Studio makes one that uses tissue paper, instead.
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Learn how to make this one on Almost Makes Perfect. You can make any kind of garland you like with different plywood shapes. The TomKat Studio makes one that uses tissue paper, instead.

21. If you love cute quotes and inspirational phrases, then display your favorites on painted canvases.

Blitsy uses sticker letters that are available for purchase. That's great if you don't have an artistic hand, but you can also achieve the look with your printer and a bit of strategic shading like they do on Bread Booze Bacon.
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Blitsy uses sticker letters that are available for purchase. That's great if you don't have an artistic hand, but you can also achieve the look with your printer and a bit of strategic shading like they do on Bread Booze Bacon.

22. If you love toys more than your kids, then magnetize an ice cream-shaped bubble toy to catch your paper clips.

Learn how to make this one on The Glitter In My Tea.
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Learn how to make this one on The Glitter In My Tea.

23. If you LOVE glitter (but hate the mess), then make it rain glitter with some vinyl transfer paper.

Learn how to make it on By Stephanie Lynn.
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Learn how to make it on By Stephanie Lynn.

24. If you love Scandinavian minimalism, then use some elastic cord for a classy memo board.

Learn how to make it on Homey Oh My.
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Learn how to make it on Homey Oh My.

25. If you love pillows, blankets, and everything cozy, then crochet this simple wall-hanging clock, so you're never late for lunch again.

Learn how to make it on 1 Dog Woof.
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Learn how to make it on 1 Dog Woof.

26. If you love rustic touches, then frame your family with this weathered wood look.

Learn how to make it at Wife In Progress.
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Learn how to make it at Wife In Progress.

27. If you love reminiscing about your last tropical vacation, then iron palm trees or flamingos onto a lumbar pillow to protect your back from your desk chair.

Learn how to make them on Sugar and Cloth.
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Learn how to make them on Sugar and Cloth.

28. If you love shabby chic updates, then dress up a lame lamp with your favorite fabric.

Learn how to make this on Simply Ciani. You could also use a shirt that you love but just doesn't fit right by turning it into yarn. Learn how to do so on Mollie Makes.
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Learn how to make this on Simply Ciani. You could also use a shirt that you love but just doesn't fit right by turning it into yarn. Learn how to do so on Mollie Makes.

29. Or you could try using flash tattoos to decorate the supplies your office provides.

Temporary tattoos will easily clean off plastic with hairspray or cooking oil. Learn how to do it on Fashion Lush.
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Temporary tattoos will easily clean off plastic with hairspray or cooking oil. Learn how to do it on Fashion Lush.

30. If you love ornate silhouettes, but need newer colors, make this chalkboard to let your coworkers know where you are or what's on tap for the day.

Learn how to make it on Miss Tweedle.
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Learn how to make it on Miss Tweedle.

31. If you love shelves full of books, then choose a few that are too tattered (and that you don't mind injuring), and turn them into a box to hide random clutter.

If the thought of destroying your favorites is making your heart race, grab a few old copies from the dollar carts at your local library or bookstore. Learn how to make this storage box on Sewing Barefoot.
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If the thought of destroying your favorites is making your heart race, grab a few old copies from the dollar carts at your local library or bookstore. Learn how to make this storage box on Sewing Barefoot.

32. If you love Kate Spade, then add a sheen to your lamp with high-gloss acrylic paint and paint pens.

Learn how to make this lamp on Mark Montano.
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Learn how to make this lamp on Mark Montano.

33. If you love taking pics of your food or of yourself doing yoga then create a photo calendar with some C-hooks, some wood, and 12 great shots.

Learn how to make this calendar on Harri Wren.
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Learn how to make this calendar on Harri Wren.

34. If you love Bohemian styles, decorate your cabinets with gold magnetic moons.

Get the tutorial on Make and Tell.
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Get the tutorial on Make and Tell.

35. You could also brainstorm with these plexiglas boards.

Learn how to make it on Lovely Indeed.
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Learn how to make it on Lovely Indeed.

36. If you take your coffee black, tattoo your favorite super villain on a mug.

You can choose any temporary tattoo you like because this trick works for all styles. Find the flare that fits you on Tattly. Learn how to make it on Do It Your Freakin' Self.
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You can choose any temporary tattoo you like because this trick works for all styles. Find the flare that fits you on Tattly. Learn how to make it on Do It Your Freakin' Self.

37. If you love hairpin legs, but don't want to spend the cash on hairpin furniture, then screw the legs into a tabletop to make your own desk.

You might wanna try this for your home desk instead of the office to avoid any HR complaints.... Learn how to build your own goddamn writing desk from BuzzFeed's Daniel Dalton. Find hairpin legs on Hairpin Legs (whodathunk).
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You might wanna try this for your home desk instead of the office to avoid any HR complaints.... Learn how to build your own goddamn writing desk from BuzzFeed's Daniel Dalton. Find hairpin legs on Hairpin Legs (whodathunk).

38. Or, you could give your filing cabinet a lift with a coat of paint and some tapered wooden legs.

Get the full tutorial on Long Live the Thing.
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Get the full tutorial on Long Live the Thing.

39. If you love staying in shape, you should transform your treadmill into a walking desk.

Obviously this is only an option if your coworkers are cool with it, and if you have a spare treadmill, and if you're nuts enough to actually drag that thing to the office... But if all that checks out you can learn how to make it on Whole Lifestyle Nutrition.
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Obviously this is only an option if your coworkers are cool with it, and if you have a spare treadmill, and if you're nuts enough to actually drag that thing to the office... But if all that checks out you can learn how to make it on Whole Lifestyle Nutrition.

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