Spring Clean: Make & Do A Tidy Desk

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Flicking through old mags is like peering through a keyhole into an era gone by; the language, content and even advertisements all speak of what the reader, and by extension, society, held as important. We’ve devised this project to bring vintage magazines into the forefront of the home, so others may benefit from these little snippets of the past. And who knows, in forty years time, perhaps you’ll be cutting up an issue of Homemaker for the exact same purpose!

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You’ll need:

 Old magazines,

 Self-assembly letter rack,


 Acrylic paint





1. Paint the edges of each piece of the desk tidy with coloured acrylic paint.

2. Trim magazine pages to size and paste in place with PVA.

3. Leave the glue to dry before carefully trimming away any overhang with a craft knife. Remember to cut away any paper that is covering the assembly slots.

4. Cover the other side of each panel in the same way, then glaze the completed collages with PVA.

5. Reassemble the desk tidy when dry, using a thick PVA to strengthen the joins.


The desk tidy is certainly motivating us to spring clean our desks, clearing away the clutter and storing all our  pretty stationary neat and organised. Never fear if you haven’t got any old magazines available, why not use wallpaper instead? We’ve hand-picked our top printed wallpapers that would work perfectly for this project…


Marchmont Linen Pearlescent Wallpaper / Lanterns Patterned Wallpaper / Floral Trellis Dove Grey Patterned Wallpaper / Aviary Garden Apple Green Wallpaper 


Like the sound of Homemaker magazine crafts? Don’t forget to subscribe! Why not treat yourself to three issues for only £6 by clicking here.


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