Thursday, 9 September 2021

Penguin Playmates Desk Tidy - Back to School - Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop

 Hi Everyone,

Today I am hopping with the Stampin' Dreams group and the theme is 'Back to School', so I have CASEd my Upline Pootles and made a Desk Tidy for my grandaughter Charlotte, using the cute Penguin Playmates dsp which is FREE during Saleabration and the lovely Fresh Freesia card stock.



1 piece of card stock 8 1/8" x 8 5/8", score at 1/2" and 1 3/4" on all four sides
2 pieces of dsp 1" x 4 7/8", 2 pieces 1" x 4 3/8"

Small box with spots

1 piece of card stock 10 1/2" x 5 1/2", score at 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10" on long side, 2 1/2" and 5" on the short side
4 pieces of dsp 2 1/4" square

Medium box with stars

1 piece of card stock 10 1/2" x 7", score at 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10" on the long side, 2 1/2" and 6 1/2" on the short side
4 pieces of dsp 2 1/4" x 3 3/4"

Tall striped box

1 piece of card stock 8 1/4" x 8", score at 2", 4", 6" and 8" on the long side, 2" and 7 1/2" on the short
4 pieces of dsp 1 3/4" x 5 1/4"

Medium box with spots

1 piece of card stock 8 1/4" x 5 1/4", score at 2", 4", 6", 8" on the long side, 2" and 5" on the short side
4 pieces of dsp 1 3/4" x 2 3/4"

Tiny box with stars

1 piece of card stock 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", score at 1", 3", 4" and 6" on the long side, 1" and 2 3/4" on the short side
2 pieces of dsp 3/4" x 1 1/2", 2 pieces 1 3/4" x 1 1/2"

Multipurpose adhesive
Tear n Tape/Red Line tape
Scraps of dsp to fussy cut the animals
Paper snips


All of the boxes are made in the same way and cut in the same way except for the tray which is slightly different. Fold and burnish all of the score lines on all your pieces and then cut them as in the pictures below and add the corresponding dsp pieces.

The tray is slightly different

When you have made all the boxes, fit them into the tray and decorate them. I have added the creatures around the outsides of the whole thing to make it look like they are peeking, or playing

Then fill it with pens, pencils, crayons etc. Mine is sitting on my table waiting for my grandaughter to visit and then she can take it away and put it on her new desk in her newly decorated bedroom, I'm sure she will love it.

You could use any combination of colours and papers to decorate your own to match your room, you could parcel them up to sell at craft fairs, gift them to work colleagues or use as teacher gifts.

Thanks for the inspiration Sam Hammond Donald, check out Pootles, she has lots of tutorials on making pretty boxes.

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Happy crafting,

Karen X

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  1. I would love your organizer for my crafty table. I may just have to make one. Thanks for the instructions. Great idea!

  2. Oh my gosh! I can't wait to make one of these for my craft table! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Aww that's so cute, lucky Charlotte - She will love it xx

  4. Love this wonderful desk tidy Karen x

  5. This is Awesome. I’ve seen these before but not as large. Really great job! Those critters will make anyone smile, especially the peeking bearπŸ˜‚

  6. Thanks for the printed measurements and the great photos. I just finished making mine, it came out great. Good job, Karen!

  7. Love this Karen and will certainly try it. Just hope it turns out as good as your's. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘