Dorm Room Ideas

Make Your Own Desk Accessories

Use various containers like Mason jars, vases and tin cans to create a matching desk accessory set that will keep all your school essentials organized and within reach.

  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends


All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.


Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail


A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Materials Needed:

  • mismatched containers of varying sizes
  • wood hobby board, approximately 1/4" thick
  • spray paint formulated to adhere to plastic or glass
  • museum putty
  • hot glue gun and refills
  • hand saw with miter box
  • container embellishments (embroidery thread, fabric scraps, leather, twine)

Paint Containers

In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint all containers. If spray paint is formulated to adhere to plastic or glass, you shouldn't need a primer coat. Apply multiple coats of thin, even paint. Allow paint to dry and cure thoroughly to avoid using a sealant; one to two days in a well-ventilated area should be sufficient.

Embellish Containers

Add a little embellishment to each container. Try wrapping containers with embroidery thread for a color-blocked effect, adding fabric in various shapes or wrapping with leather (Image 5). Get creative with the accents you find at your local craft store. Glue on the embellishments with a dab of hot glue. Note: To make a tassel, wrap embroidery thread repeatedly around three fingers (Image 1). Remove (Image 2), snip end and wrap end around the rest of the thread (Image 3). Secure with a dot of glue. Trim ends and use to decorate (Image 4).

Saw and Sand Board

Decide on a length for your board, ensuring that it will be long enough for all containers. Saw off excess (Image 1) and sand any rough edges (Image 2). Note: A power saw will work as well; be sure to use with caution.

« Previous12

More From Back to College

Multipurpose Message Center

Multipurpose Message Center

The crafting experts at share an easy DIY project for turning round cork trivets into dorm room bulletin boards.

DIY Painted Animal Bookends

DIY Painted Animal Bookends

The experts at share an easy project for turning toy animals and bricks into colorful and sturdy bookends.

10 Things to Do With a Plain Picture Frame

10 Things to Do With a Plain Picture Frame

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine show you how to make a boring white picture frame as pretty as a picture with these tricks.

(13 photos)

HGTV Inspiration Newsletter

Create your unique, personal style with advice and inspiration from HGTV.