15 DIYs to Help You Win at Cubicle Decor

In any standard office cubicle, you’re bound to find the same basic things. A file cabinet, a computer or laptop, an office chair, a calendar and probably a family picture. Not that any of those things are bad, just basic. Expected. If you want the cubicle that makes you smile even on a Monday morning, you have to work for it. There are all kinds of projects of varying skill and purpose that can bring some personality to your office space. Take a look at these 15 DIYs to help you win at cubicle decor.

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Ever felt the frustration of searching for a rouge paperclip in a cluttered desk drawer? Little things are easily lost when they don’t have their own space in your office. This caddy will help you keep your tiny office essentials at hand as well as pens and other necessities.

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Maybe you’re wishing your cubicle was much bigger than it is. For the petite desk space, you need to give yourself creative and compact storage. These matching cardboard containers are perfect for holding all your needs in style without taking up any valuable surface area.

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The nice thing about tissue paper is that it’s cheap and comes in a million different colors. Once you’ve chosen your favorite combination, craft yourself a nice long tassel garland to hang in your cubicle. Bonus points if you make a different one for every holiday and season.

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You aren’t the only one who has trouble with paper clutter. But with a cheap dish drying rack and some sheets of balsa wood, you can have the perfect solution to all your paper problems. It will make such a pretty addition to your desk space.

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Looking for vertical storage more than horizontal storage? Easy. Hack this expensive Anthropologie wall organizer with some pocket cash and plywood this weekend. You can make it exactly as shown or modify it to fit your own needs and preferences.

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So many cubicles have that one dark corner that’s just depressing no matter how you decorate. Shine some light on the dreary-ness by creating your own mini marquee light for your desk. You probably already have the tools to make this which makes it a cheap project with a big impact.

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We can all attest to hanging a calendar at the office that we didn’t really prefer. The cheap paper ones with puppies or photoshopped landscapes. But it’s time for you to take your calendar to the next level with this chic flip block calendar.

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We all need some motivational words once in awhile. Make your favorite phrase into a peg board that is not only inspirational, it’s useful too. You can hang your office tools and mini potted plants and whatever your heart desires.

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Most likely, there isn’t a soul alive that wouldn’t rather be on vacation than at work. Take a bit of your favorite vaca spot to the office by creating a fairy garden version for your desk. Whether it’s the ocean or a cabin in the woods, it will help you relax on those hard days when work is just too much.

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Everyone needs a place to jot down all those lists and notes and reminders. Make yours stand out in your cubicle by crafting this simple acrylic whiteboard. All your office mates will want you to make one for them too.

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You’ve probably made tin can organizers at some point in your life, but did you realize they could be so classy? Wrapped in marble adhesive, everyone will think you spent a fortune on your pen cups when you know that you didn’t.

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It is nice to be able to look up and read your favorite quote or Bible verse in the middle of a long work day. Spend a little time putting your chosen words on a real wooden sign that you can take with you from cubicle to cubicle.

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Paper trays might just seem like another space hog on your desk, however they can be useful when they’re stackable. Indulge in some clear trays and practice your calligraphy hand to label them. They’ll be so pretty and help you keep the clutter at bay.

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Basically everyone has something to say against file cabinets. And they’re quite ugly so we can’t judge. But with these fabric covered boxes, you have the opportunity to swap your file cabinet storage for something much more appealing to the eye and just as functional.

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When you’re used to using a mouse, you’ll take that over a track pad anyday. Give yours some style by giving it a patterned cork mouse pad to rest on. It is sure to make your cubicle a happier place.