DIY 80’s Inspired Desk Organizer

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I am working on a little office refresh and of course I want to bring in everything that inspires me! Cue bright colors and fun 80’s patterns. This DIY 80’s inspired desk organizer plays off of the bright and poppy geometric shapes of Memphis design but adds in the usefulness of being able to sort all my business papers. Of course I again used by Glowforge laser cutter to cut the shapes, but since it is just a mix of different geometric shapes, you could easily make your own with a scroll saw or jig saw too.

DIY 80's Inspired Desk Organizer

DIY 80's Inspired Desk Organizer

Is that not 80’s perfection?!


DIY 80's Inspired Desk Organizer

Begin by cutting or buying your shapes (for the circles I gave them a flat side so that they would sit flush against my rectangle base. You can use a miter saw to make this cut on your circles. Once you have your shapes, use acrylic craft paint to paint the shapes. For the triangle I wanted to bring in a grid pattern, so I painted the triangle white.

DIY 80's Inspired Desk Organizer

Once I had my shapes painted, I came back with a ruler and the black sharpie and drew on the black grid pattern on the white triangle piece. Then I used the wood glue to glue the wood pieces on the base (my base was the coral parallelogram). Start with the largest piece and glue it on the back edge of the base, then work your way forward using the smaller and smaller pieces as you go. You want the smallest shape to be along the front edge. Also be sure to leave a 1″ gap between all the shapes so that you can fit your papers inbetween the shapes.

DIY 80's Inspired Desk Organizer

Leave the glued pieces to dry overnight and then your organizer is ready to use!

DIY 80's Inspired Desk Organizer

I am so in love with the colors, geometric shape, and 80’s vibes going on with my DIY 80’s inspired desk organizer! I can’t wait to add it to my new revamped office space!

DIY 80's Inspired Desk Organizer

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  1. Kelly

    March 18th, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    I love this!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have a saw or laser cutter. I see the triangles link, but the circle link has expired and I haven’t found any of the other fun shapes you created. Do you by any chance sell the pieces? Thanks for sharing!


    March 31st, 2020 at 8:26 am

    I would be happy to sell you the pieces for this kit. It would likely cost around $20 for all the pieces if your are interested in me cutting them for you to paint.

  3. Kelly Vaden

    April 7th, 2020 at 1:05 am

    That would be fantastic! 🙂 Thank you!


    April 14th, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Awesome! I just added it to my shop here:

  5. Kelly Vaden

    April 21st, 2020 at 10:58 am

    It arrived today and I am SO excited!!! Thank you very much!


    April 28th, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Yay! Let me know if you run into any issues. It was my first attempt at cutting for a desk organizer kit.

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