DIY

DIY Desk Organizer Trays

April 3, 2017

How to choose an area rug: rug placement & size guide
DIY Concrete Vanity makeover
the easy way to paint kitchen cabinets
reader faves:
I'm Tasha!

My mission is to help you create a home you love, no matter your budget. I share creative DIY projects, interior design tricks, budget-stretching tips and all things C O L O R F U L .

hello,

1

My Designs

Befores, afters, mood boards, design plans, and more. We've redesigned a ton of rooms and spaces and you'll find them all here.

2

DIY Projects

We've tackled more DIY projects than I can count. From simple decor projects to huge remodels, you can find them here.

Even when you don’t want to do a full renovation, you can create spaces that you love. Here you'll find all my best design tips.

3

Decorating Tips

Browse by Category

Last Updated on March 3, 2022

OMG, how cute are these DIY desk organizer trays? Such a great way to organize important papers. And these stacking trays look so easy to make. Totally adding this to my list.

Hey friends! Desk organization can be super challenging for me, which is weird because I am fairly organized. But my desk always seems to wind up being a mess at the end of the work day. For me, the only thing that seems to be able to help is to sort documents and papers by category. It's not only practical, it's a really good reason to have to find some stylish storage for your desk! Of course, I fell in love with some stacking wood trays from Anthropologies that cost $128.00. That wasn't going to happen. So, I made these fun and super cute DIY desk organizer trays for only $21! Check out how to make them for yourself! his post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

DIY Desk Organizer Trays Tutorial

Materials needed for 1 DIY desk organizer tray:

Steps:

1) Remove the lid and the metal card holder.  You will want to save your lid so that you can make these AWESOME Anthropologie inspired monogram clips :)

MUST PIN! Anthropologie Knock Off Stacking Wood Trays for a FRACTION of the price by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #anthropologieknockoff

2) Stain your DIY desk organizer tray.  Note that if you wipe down your tray with a damp wash cloth before you stain it, it will take the stain better.  I used a darker stain that the Anthropologie tray both because I prefer it AND because I already had it on hand so it was FREE.  You should choose any stain color that you like.

MUST PIN! Anthropologie Knock Off Stacking Wood Trays for a FRACTION of the price by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #anthropologieknockoff

3) Next you will use carbon paper to transfer an outline of the typography onto your box.  Type out your text in any word processing software.  I typed “No. 1” “No. 2” and “No. 3” using Didot Font, size 60.  Print it onto regular printer paper.  Then cut out your typed text and a corresponding piece of carbon paper.  Trace it onto each tray, in the two separate spots pictured.  Then use your sharpie marker to color in the outlined text.

MUST PIN! Anthropologie Knock Off Stacking Wood Trays for a FRACTION of the price by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #anthropologieknockoff

4) Now you need to spray paint your metal cardholder (if it is a shiny silver color, like mine was).  I already had gold spray paint and oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  I started with the gold, and while it was still wet, lightly went over it with the oil rubbed bronze spray paint to achieve a finish similar to the finish on the Anthropologie tray.  Once your cardholder is dry, replace it on your DIY desk organizer tray.

That’s it!  I just love how my DIY desk organizer trays turned out.  Since I had all the supplies on hand already with the exception of the boxes, I was able to make all three boxes for only $21.00!

OMG, how cute are these DIY desk organizer trays? Such a great way to organize important papers. And these stacking trays look so easy to make. Totally adding this to my list.

OMG, how cute are these DIY desk organizer trays? Such a great way to organize important papers. And these stacking trays look so easy to make. Totally adding this to my list.

OMG, how cute are these DIY desk organizer trays? Such a great way to organize important papers. And these stacking trays look so easy to make. Totally adding this to my list.

Now my desk is a bit more organized and more stylish, too :)

 

[mv_create 1 2018 key=”2″ type=”list” title=”Design Posts” thumbnail=”</span><a href=” https designertrapped com wp content uploads 05 how to pick paint colors jpg target=”_blank” a span]

Related-posts
 

+ show Comments

- Hide Comments

add a comment

  1. […] Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body […]

  2. Kristine says:

    Love a good knock off where the “real” and “faux” are truly comparative with such a huge price gap. Beautiful work :)

  3. C. Tu says:

    I ♥ this! I’m doing a DIY jewelry organizer & think this might be a perfect solution. I went onto the Michael’s site and there is no dimension for the depth of the boxes -do you know what it is? I am putting them in an existing box/cabinet so they will be more like drawers but I would like to know how many I can stack. Thanks!

  4. Carmen says:

    Hi, thank you so much for sharing this project. It’s a wonderful idea and yours are indeed nicer than the others. I can’t wait to move to put your ideas in action.

  5. Tsu Dho Nimh says:

    Interesting … I would slice up at least one of the tops and make the dividers for the trays.

  6. Mandy Hank says:

    Tasha these are amazing! I can’t believe how much money you saved and yours are better!! Thank you so much for linking up to Get Your DIY On- Knock Off Projects! I hope you’ll join us on July 6th to link up your Summer Fun Projects!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

  7. […] 1) Trim either your thin wood to the size that you want your flag by using your utility knife and a cutting board.  I already had a thin piece of wood on hand from when I made my wood stacking trays. […]

  8. […] Pick: Stacking Wood Trays by Designer […]

  9. Love these so much! Such a fun project.

  10. I love these! I love yours even better than Anthro’s! So gorgeous!

  11. […] amazing are these Stacking Wood Trays from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body? I am loving all these anthro […]

  12. […] storage, and it’s a double whammy if it’s cute to boot! Check out these wooden storage trays Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body made from unfinished wood boxes from Michael’s. This is a great way to organize office supplies, […]

  13. Honestly, I like yours even better! Thanks for linking it up on Monday Funday! Pinning to our board!

  14. I love your knockoff version! I’m going to have to look for these boxes at Michaels!

  15. I love those stacking trays… you did awesome! I’m featuring them in my Friday Features tomorrow. Thanks for joining our Inspire Me Monday party.

  16. Deborah says:

    These are awesome! I like your’s better than A’s. Wish we had a Michaels nearby.

  17. Shannon says:

    Oh I am going to have to make these! How clever and thrifty – right up my alley!

  18. Chelsea says:

    Tasha!!! I love yours so much more! Beautiful stain color – what a fabulous knock off! Well done!

  19. […] seen some of my work on Pinterest, including my recent Anthropologie knock off projects such as these wood stacking trays or these candied letter desk clips that I made for a FRACTION of the cost of the […]

  20. Oh wow! Love these! Love the idea of using a sharpie for the stencil.

  21. […] I shared with you how I made fun and functional stacking trays for over $100 less than the Anthropologie version and on Sunday, I showed you how I made a knock off version of the Anthropologie reclaimed wood […]

  22. Wow Tasha these look amazing, seriously!! You girls are doing a great job with these knock off projects.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thank you, Courtney! Aren’t all of the projects amazing?! I can’t believe some of the projects from the other girls. AWESOME!

  23. Love this knock off Tasha and I can’t wait to see what you do with the lids!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Corey! My third project is my favorite–I can’t wait for everyone to see it tomorrow. Thanks for following along!

  24. I love these!! Fabulous job Tasha, they turned out amazing :)

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Sonnet! I can’t wait to check out all of today’s projects in detail when I get my girls to bed tonight!

  25. I love your knock-off versions!!!! I need to do these!!!

the affordable alternative to an interior designer

Designer in a Binder®

learn more

Browse By Room

Looking for room inspiration? Or for posts about a particular space in our current home or old home? This should help!

Bathrooms

Hallways

Kids' Rooms

Living Spaces

Dining Rooms

Kitchens

Bedrooms

Entryways

Laundry Rooms

Stairs

Outdoor Spaces

Storage Spaces

If you love...

more about me

hey I'm Tasha!

color
DIY projects
ignoring trends &
stretching your budget

then we have a lot in common. Welcome! I'm so glad you are here!