Going back to work after a fun weekend is always a drag, but it doesn’t have to be with these ten office DIYS! Okay, maybe that’s pushing it a bit. But adding some color to your desk will certainly help you daydream about your next tropical beach vacation. And if nothing else, you’ll at least be celebrated as having the best cubicle around, which is 100% a raise-worthy quality in my opinion.
If there’s one thing I know we could all use more of at work (aside from extra vacation days) it’s color! These DIY plaster paperweights are beyond easy to make and the perfect way to make the work on your desk look a bit brighter. Here’s how:
If you’ve never worked with plaster before, don’t feel intimidated! All you’re really doing is mixing and pouring. I chose to make my paperweights diamond shaped, but really you can use any mold as long as it’s silicon.
In a plastic cup, mix plaster with water (two parts plaster with one part water). The box says to use a one to one ration, but I found that to be too watery. You will want the plaster to be thick, but not too thick that it doesn’t pour of the cup. You may have to experiment a bit before nailing the exact measurement. I recommend testing with one diamond until you get the plaster in the perfect workable state.
To reduce air bubbles, it helps to fill the mold half way and let sit for about 30 seconds before filling to the top. Let plaster harden in the mold for about 30 minutes. Pop out and let harden overnight.
Once completely hardened, spray paint with the color of your choice and you’re done!
Add these guys to your desk or even to a shelf for decoration. They’re great clustered together or even just on their own!
Spring is officially here my friends, which means it’s prime flower season! And why not keep some of those flowers on your desk for months to come? In less than an hour you can have yourself a brand new mouse pad that isn’t ugly or a basic/plain color. All you need is your favorite fabric and a few inexpensive supplies. Here’s how:
I’ve made a cork mouse pad before, didn’t like the wear of the spray adhesive after 6 months (caused some discoloring on the black fabric). Fabric Mod Podge is a much better glue for this project! I picked up the fabric from Minted. The heavier the better so that the glue doesn’t bleed through.
Cut your fabric to fit your cork round, leaving about 2″ of overhang. Apply glue to cork and smooth fabric on top. Fold the excess fabric over the edge, smoothing underneath. I chose to hide the extra fabric under ribbon so the bottom is completely flat (no fabric). You could also glue a second cork round to the bottom, placing the extra fabric in-between if you didn’t want it to show on the bottom.
Let dry overnight before using and that’s it!
Much better than a store bought mouse pad, don’t you think? Plus I can’t get over the colors + flowers for spring!
It’s time for the reveal y’all! I am so excited to have this space done because I think one of the hardest aspects about moving is not feeling settled. While I still have my living room and kitchen to go, this makeover has certainly pushed me in the right direction of making Philly my new home (you can read a bit about that in yesterday’s before post).
I will do my best to link to sources, but if there’s something you see and would like to know where it’s from, just leave me a comment! Now, on to the photos!
For the space, I tried to make it a mix of DIY (like that polka dot pillow) and pieces I really love. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve lived alone, which meant I didn’t have to check in with anyone if they liked what I did. Thus, pink side tables.
One of my favorites pieces in the room is the oversized palm tree print (54″x 40″) from Minted. I was nervous that such a large scale print would overpower the room, but it really just adds the perfect amount of color. I think if you’re going oversize that it’s important to keep the art simple and keep it to scale (ie don’t make it bigger than the bed).