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Magnetic Colorblock Desk Accessories

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I’m the kind of person who has small sharp metal things lingering around my workspace most of the time.  Pins, clips, and tacks are all pretty common, so I was in need of a way to corral them well.  At my last job, I had a little plastic disc for my desk that was magnetic and kept all of my sharp metal objects nicely organized, so since I didn’t get to take company office supplies home with me, I decided to make something similar.


With a surprising shell, and a little magnetic filling, I crafted something that could keep all the pointy things at bay (no pins in my husbands feet).  Even if you don’t play with sharp things, this desk set could help manage your safety pins, paper clips, and binder clamps.  So let’s get creative! 

DSC_4104 magnetic desk organizer workflow

ONE paint your paper mache circular box with a base color.  TWO paint on a contrasting color, using painters tape to create a sloping color-block line. THREE using a glue gun, glue each super strong magnet into the inside bottom of the box. Be very careful to hold the magnets really really well when putting them down.  They’ll want to latch onto the other magnets, but ensure to stick them uniformly apart and wait for the glue to harden before letting go of them.

I used regular acrylic paint, but you could use spray paint if you prefer.  I find that there are better color choice in acrylic, so for a project like this, that would be my choice. Repeat the steps above with the box lid for a set of these darling and handy helpers.


magnetic desk accessories

What do you think?  Is this quick tip something you could use?



17 Comments on “Magnetic Colorblock Desk Accessories”

  1. Mandy Pellegrin // Fabric Paper Glue February 19, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Um, something I could very much use! What a great, simple idea!!

  2. Jessica February 19, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    These are super cute and I could totally use it, maybe even at the office!! Thanks for the idea.

  3. Donna February 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Very nice, useful, and easy to do project. Thanks.

  4. Jillian February 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Very cute! Love the copper and white :)

  5. Irene - One O February 20, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    For sure! love this DIY (and pictures *.*)

  6. Beth February 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    That’s really clever! I never would have thought about using magnets.

  7. Janeane Pittman February 27, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    This is so unbelievably clever that I may just have to make some for my desk! Love them.


  8. Amanda @ Our Humble Abode February 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    You are brilliant! I need to make one of these for my sewing pins. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  9. lesley April 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    i just bought some pretty magnetic paint from martha stewart….wonder if just painting it would be enough without the magnets for this project? i will have to give it a go…..

  10. Jordee April 10, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    LOVE this idea Erin! Off to Hobby Lobby I go…


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