Posted: Feb 24, 2014 8:00 AM
 
Add some pizzazz to boring office supplies by making your own! You'll be the envy of the workplace with these creative DIY ideas.

Cure even the worst case of the Mondays by adding some cheer to your office space. These DIY office supplies will put a smile on your face as you go through your work day!

DIY office supplies- flower push pins

Flower push-pins

Supplies:

  • Thumb tacks or push pins
  • Artificial flowers
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Directions:

  1. Snip the stems off of the artificial flowers.
  2. Heat up the hot glue gun, then put a dab of glue on the end of the push-pin.
  3. Press an artificial flower into the back of each push-pin.

DIY office supplies- fabric covered binder clips

Fabric-covered binder clips

Supplies:

  • 1-inch binder clips (or larger)
  • Cotton fabric
  • Craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Bowl
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut a strip of fabric that is the same width as the binder clip.
  2. Trim the fabric down so that it wraps around all 3 sides of the binder clip.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together a 50/50 solution of craft glue and water.
  4. Paint the craft glue on the binder clip, then lay the fabric over the top of the glue.
  5. Allow the glue to dry, then the binder clip is ready to use!

DIY office supplies- hand stitched pen cup

Hand-stitched pen cup

Supplies:

  • Wire mesh pen cup
  • Cotton yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut a long piece of cotton yarn. Feed 1 end of the yarn through the yarn needle. Tie a knot in the other end of the yarn.
  2. Begin stitching along the mesh. You can stitch in a straight line, create an X-like cross-stitch, or any other pattern you can think of.
  3. Mix and match colors to make the design interesting.
  4. Once you are happy with the design, tie a second knot on the inside of the cup, then trim off any excess yarn.

DIY office supplies- ribbon paper clips

Ribbon paper clips

Supplies:

  • Large paper clips
  • 1/2-inch (or smaller) ribbon
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut a 4-inch long piece of ribbon.
  2. Fold the ribbon in half, then slide the looped end through 1 end of the paper clip.
  3. Slide the 2 loose ends of the ribbon through the loop, then pull the ribbon tight.
  4. Cut off the ends of the ribbon at an angle.
  5. Repeat for any remaining paper clips.

DIY office supplies- scrapbook paper note pad

DIY scrapbook paper note pad

Supplies:

  • 12 x 12-inch scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Binder clips
  • Rubber cement

Directions:

  1. Cut several sheets of 12 x 12-inch scrapbook paper into 4 x 4-inch squares.
  2. Stack the squares on top of each other, then clip the sides together with binder clips.
  3. Carefully paint rubber cement along 1 side of the stack of paper, then set it aside to dry.
  4. Once the rubber cement is dried, remove the binder clips and you are ready to use your DIY notepad.

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