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DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- finished photo horizontal

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer

Hi! It’s Sheri from Hazel + Gold, and I’m excited to share this DIY Concrete Desk Organizer tutorial with you! This organizer was born from necessity.  Do you have a jar or cup-like pen holder? Have you ever knocked it over reaching for a pen or pencil? I did this all the time!

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- old pen jar tips over

One reason they tip is because they aren’t big enough to hold all my items. The other reason is these containers aren’t weighted enough. I knew there must be a better way and I’ve been itching to use concrete for a project. It dawned on me I should make something out of concrete to store my pens, pencils, and paintbrushes. Fellow pen and utensil tippers, want to learn how to create this awesome DIY concrete desk organizer? Then let’s do it!

Materials:

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Instructions:

Cut scrap wood to create the box mold for the organizer. A rectangle is space saving and easy to create.

Use three pieces at 8 ½” x 4 ½” and two pieces  5″ x 4 ½”.

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer - cut two pieces 5" long

The longer pieces will make the bottom and sides, while the two smaller pieces create the ends. Spread wood glue along the joints. (Wood glue holds great but allows the box to be easily removed later on.)

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer - use wood glue to assemble box mold

Use clamps to assemble and secure the mold while the glue cures.

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer - use wood glue and clamps to assemble box mold

Let the glue dry for an hour. Then your box mold is ready for casting!

Prepping Mold and Adding Concrete:

To prevent the concrete from adhering to the wood, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the inside of the box mold.

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer - use petroleum jelly

Collect your wine tumblers, concrete mix, water, and stir sticks. (I used large plastic cups to mix the concrete and ended up having to mix three different batches. If you have a larger container you can make one large batch.)

Mix the concrete according to the instructions on the package. You may have to do a bit of math because people typically use larger quantities of concrete and every concrete is different. I mixed it to a milkshake consistency and it came out perfect.

Pour the concrete into the mold, allowing room for the wine glasses.

Set the wine tumblers into the concrete. Make sure they are level, then use masking tape to hold them in place. Pour in more concrete until it reaches the height that you desire. Make sure the widest part of the glasses are submerged in the concrete to hold them securely.

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer - use tape to secure the tumblers in place then pour concrete around them

Remove the mold:

Once the concrete cures (mine only took one day) remove the box mold. Use a knife to pry the sections apart at the joints.

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- use a knife to pry the wood apart

They should come apart easily.

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- remove all sides of the mold

The sides may still look dark, but it will lighten up.

Clean up and Paint:

Clean off all the splatter marks from the glasses. Use a retractable knife to lightly scrape the residue off. Follow up with a soft cloth to clean the glasses. They should clean up easily!

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- use retractable knife to clean off glass

Time to make it pretty! Use some masking tape to mask off a line.

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer - use masking tape to mark where to paint

Paint the bottom section (or wherever you prefer) with metallic copper paint.

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- paint bottom section with copper paint

Add a piece of felt to the bottom to prevent your organizer from scratching the surface it sits on. 

Your modern DIY Concrete Desk Organizer is finished!

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- finished photo in the shop

You can use it in your shop, the kitchen, your office, or anywhere you desire!

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- finished photo horizontal

Wait until you see the huge number of supplies it will hold without tipping over!

DIY Concrete Desk Organizer- finished photo from right side

What do you think? Would you make one of these DIY Concrete Desk Organizers? Share your thoughts in the comments below and remember to pin this image to Pinterest so no one has to suffer with tipping containers ever again!

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Hi, I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs. Here are a few fun stats about me: I like love chocolate and peanut butter (together of course.) If you like stats, I have been crocheting for about 16 years, crafting for 20, and woodworking for about 4 years. I found a passion in making and being creative and began documenting my projects online at Hazel + Gold Designs.

When not working on projects, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children, perfect dog, and ornery cat. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

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Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

Hi everyone! This is Lindi, visiting again from Love Create Celebrate! Have you ever made anything with concrete? I’m not just talking about the patio outside! I’ve noticed concrete projects slowly making their way indoors and I’m loving it! The sleek industrial feel of concrete projects makes for some beautiful and unique home decor projects. If you haven’t tried it yet, these DIY Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders are the perfect project to start with!

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials: 

  • Concrete mix (buy a whole bag for less than $10!)
  • Plastic container
  • Tea light
  • WD-40
  • Clear Matte Spray Paint
  • Paint (optional)

Instructions: 

Chose some plastic containers from around your home to pour the concrete into. I used old cream cheese containers and they were the perfect size, but you can definitely chose larger containers too!

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

Mix your concrete according to the instructions on the bag. I made three little candle holders, so I used just over 3 scoops of concrete (same size as my containers). Wear gloves when working with concrete. Mix in a bucket or a plastic containers. Mix well until all chunks are gone. When you are done, simply water down any concrete that remains and dump it – this will keep your container clean.

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

Give your plastic containers a good spray with WD-40 to ensure that the concrete doesn’t stick to the plastic.

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

Fill your containers with the concrete mix and tap your container against your table or surface a few times. This will level out the concrete and remove any air bubbles. Grab your tea light and place it in the center. Push the tea light down until level with the concrete. Go back in five to ten minutes and push the tea light down if it has popped out of the concrete a bit.

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

Leave your candle holder to set for up to a week. When it is hardened, pull out your tea light, and gently lift out the tea light backing. You may have to fold and pry a little to get it out. Then, slide the entire candle out of the plastic container.

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

Grab your clear spray paint and spray your candle holders to protect and seal them. The concrete will soak up a lot, so don’t worry about overspray!

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

If you like, you can paint your candle holders. I dipped mine in three different colours of paint. I love the dipped paint effect!

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

Set them up outside on a patio table or on your coffee table in the living room.

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

I love how versatile and unique these candle holders are! You are guaranteed to have a guest comment on them. 😉

Concrete Tea Light Candle Holders | Pretty Handy Girl

For more DIY decor inspiration visit Love Create Celebrate.

If you love the modern industrial look of concrete, you will love these simple DIY Concrete Vases!

Concrete Vases for PHG

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