DIY Wood Picture Frame Desktop Organizer

Looking for a handmade gift idea for the upcoming holiday season? This wood photo frame desktop organizer would be the perfect gift for kids to make for their grandparents or a favorite aunt or uncle. And guess what? It doesn’t require any tools or wood cutting! It would also be a perfect Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for a proud parent to put on their office desk.

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To make your own DIY office desktop organizer, you will need the following supplies:

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Materials Needed

Edited to Add: Since I wrote this post many years ago, the company I bought the wood frames from has gone out of business. I found this wood picture frame caddy for a great price. You could just buy that, add wood ball feet, then stain or paint to finish.

Step 1: Begin by painting or staining the picture frames and wooden ball feet. I used a foam brush and spray stain.

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Step 2: Glue the four picture frames together to form a box.

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Step 3: Cut a piece of chipboard the same size as the bottom of the box, then use more wood glue to secure it into place. Let the glue dry completely. I let mine dry overnight.

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Step 4: Add glue to the flat part of the wood ball feet, then press them on to the chipboard on the four corners of the box. Let these dry too.

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Step 5: This step is optional, but if you’d like, you can spray the entire project with a clear coat to add durability.

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Step 6: Create a box liner out of cardstock. Measure each side and cut a coordinating piece of cardstock. Tape all of the pieces together from the outside, then slide it inside the box.

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Step 7: Cut one more piece of cardstock the size of the bottom. We made this gift for Father’s Day, so we included a little love note in the bottom. 

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Now all you have left is to find some cute pictures of your kids to add to the photo frames and you have a useful, thoughtful handmade gift to give!

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  1. Hi Jennifer, I would like to make the photo frame desktop organizer but I can’t find the frames that you used. Would you please let me know where you bought them. Thank you!


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