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It’s crazy to think that it is already back to school time! In my neck of the woods, students went back to class last week. There is something about the back to school season that really gets me in the mood to organize and beautify my office area. Perhaps it’s because I want a fresh start for the fall. Perhaps it’s because I see all of the school supplies for sale at stores. Whatever it is, I get the itch, and I have to scratch it. And today, I’m making a DIY pen and office supply organizer to keep everything displayed beautifully.
Although I might not require a protractor, graphing calculator, or a lock for my locker, the truth is that I ALWAYS need pens, paperclips, and other office supplies. I am kind of an office supply junkie and I am always on the hunt for the best pens out there. Recently, I picked up some Pilot G2 pens at Target (you can find them in the office supply section with the pens), and they have quickly earned their space on my desk as an all important tool for me.
Finding a great pen is always an obsession of mine – even though so much of our lives is in digital form, I still like to write out lists each and every day. I prefer my physical hard copy planner to an online one as well. There is just something about putting pen to paper that gives me a satisfying feeling. Please tell me I am not alone in this!!!! Now that I started using the G2 Pens, I am literally finding myself rewriting lists and finding excuses to write things down…just so I can use the pens. I’ll add extra “easy” things to my to-do list just so I can feel the satisfaction of using the pen to cross it off. Oh, the madness.
Fun fact: Pilot G2 Pens are the #1 selling gel ink brand of pens in America. I can see why. From the very moment you put pen to paper, the ink glides smoothly across the surface. Call me nerdy if you will, but finding a pen that writes fluidly and is comfortable to hold is an absolutely beautiful thing. They come in various vibrant colors as well as four different tip point sizes. Options galore! Can I just say that I am currently obsessed with the turquoise hue I have on hand? It’s spectacular! As you can also see, these Pilot G2 Pens are anything but basic – the G2 Fashion Collection really makes a statement. I am loving the stripes on my pens. It just so happens that right now you can save $0.75 on any ONE 4-pack (or larger) of G2 Gel Ink pens. Get shopping, my friends.
Once I had my new collection of pens, it was time to construct a handy dandy container to keep them in! I am honestly trying valiantly to maintain a clean desk area in my home office. I am notorious for leaving knick knacks, paperclips, pens, and more sitting around when they don’t have a designated “home” to live in. Inevitably, I look at my desk in despair, throw my hands in the air, and tell myself I’ll have to figure it out another day. Ah, but now that I made this DIY pen and office supply organizer my desk top is much less chaotic. It only takes a few simple steps and a few materials to make one yourself!
- Small vases, jars, or other containers (I used small glass vases)
- Thin piece of plywood (mine was cut to 13″ by 5″ – it will vary in size depending on the containers you use: cut accordingly to fit)
- Heavy duty glue
- Tacky glue
- Spray paint
To start, I took my wood base and my vases outdoors. I propped the vases and wood up on an old cardboard box, and sprayed a thin, even layer to coat all of the pieces. Then, I waited about 20 minutes and then repeated the process to fully coat. Afterward, I allowed the pieces to dry an additional 20 minutes (or more) afterward.
Next, I wrapped my vases with patterned ribbon. I measured and cut strips of ribbon to fit around the vases, then applied the ribbon with tacky glue. I allowed the glue to dry for about 20 minutes before moving on to the next step!
To attach the vases to the wood vase, I used a heavy duty glue (stronger than the tacky glue). This is when the perfectionist in you should come out! Ensure the vases are evenly spaced when you affix them to the base. I let the glue harden for about 20 minutes, and then – voila! My DIY pen and office supply organizer was ready to be filled with my Pilot G2 Pens, paperclips, and more!
Doesn’t my new organizer look so perfect sitting on my desk? I’m biased, but I think so! If you want to be inspired by more Pilot G2 Pen experiences, make sure you check out the entire collection! So, do you think you’ll make your own DIY Pen and Office Supply Organizer soon? How would you customize yours?