DIY Mason Jar Desk Organizer

Hi Everyone! Two weeks ago I started off the Home Office series of builds with the Compact Chalkboard L Desk. Today we’re going to add a little bit of organization to this desk with the DIY Mason Jar Desk Organizer which will fit perfectly in the corner.


This organizer is designed to be able to sort out all of your necessities: Pens, Pencils, Markers, Highlighters, Paper Clips, Pins and Chalk of course, by using mason jars as the dividers. 


Now, keep in mind that at everyone is going to need to organize different things. 

Some may not use this in their office, but maybe in a studio space where they do any artwork or for their kids to organize their own art supplies.


The best thing to do is to determine what is going to be placed in the organizer.


This could change the size of the mason jars that are needed for the top shelf. For me, I’ll be placing Pins, Paperclips & Chalk in these jars making it so I only needed small jars. However, if you are going to need larger jars then you may need to replicate the bottom shelf for the top as well.  If so, this will make the shopping list change – You will no longer need the 1″ x 2″ x 6′ but will need more 1″ x 4″ boards. (You can get 2 – 1″ x 4″ x 6′ instead)


Once that is determined you can start building! – This will be a pretty quick and easy build.




Now remember, Have Fun & Happy Building!


Make sure you read through the instructions and look over the plans fully before you start your project. Check out the “Before You Start” page for more on tool information, tips & tricks. Always stay safe and wear all safety protection. It is always best to make your cuts as you go and as they say, measure twice and cut once. 

If you have any questions just ask away! 

Shopping List

1 – 1″ x 2″ x 6′

1 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′

1 – 2″ x 2″ x 8′

2″ Wood Screws 

1 ¼” Pocket Screws 



Cut List

2 – 1″ x 4″ @ 9″ – BOTTOM SIDE 1

2 – 1″ x 4″ @ 7 1/2″ – BOTTOM SIDE 2

3 – 1″ x 4″ @ 9″ – BOTTOM BASE – 1 piece ripped to 2″ wide

3 – 1″ x 4″ @ 8″ – TOP BASE – 1 piece ripped to 2″, 1 piece ripped to 2 1/2″

2 – 1″ x 2″ @ 8″ – TOP SIDE 1

2 – 1″ x 2″ @ 6 1/2″ – TOP SIDE 2

1 – 2″ x 2″ @ 8″ – PILLAR

Tools Needed

Mitre Saw


Mitre Saw






Kreg Jig


Brad Nailer & 1 1/4″ Brad Nails


Wood Glue


Wood Filler





Measuring Tape


Shop Towels


Paint Brush


Safety Glasses


Ear Plugs



Step-By-Step – Prep Work

Measure and Cut your boards and be sure to remember to rip the base boards down to size.  



As with most projects, I like to give the boards the initial 80-grit sand, as this makes it easier than trying to do it after the project is assembled.  


Using the Kreg Jig, Set to ¾” Wood Depth, drill pocket holes in the TOP BASE & BOTTOM BASE boards 


Step-by-Step – Assemble

Starting with the bottom shelf, using your Brad Nailer with 1 ¼” Brad nails and wood glue, attach the BOTTOM SIDE 1 boards to BOTTOM SIDE 2 boards. 


Next, do the same as above for the Top Shelf, using TOP SIDE 1 & TOP SIDE 2 Boards 



Assemble both the top base and bottom base using 1 ¼” pocket screws and wood glue 



Now that the bases are assembled, we can attach them to the side frames using wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails. 

You are going to nail through the bottom of the base into the side frames. 


Measure and mark the center of the shelves and the PILLAR.  

Pre-drill before using 2″ Wood Screws and Wood Glue to attach the Pillar to the Shelves.  

You will screw in from the bottom of the BOTTOM SHELF and from the top of the TOP SHELF.  


Step-By-Step – Finish


Fill any holes with wood filler and let it dry.  


Using 220-grit sandpaper, give the project a complete sand 

Note: to sand the interior and the pillar, you will have to do it by hand.  


Now, you can stain or paint the project as you see fit.  


To get the Look I did

If you are looking to finish the project as I have, by giving it a distressed look, the first thing you have to do is stain the boards and let it dry.  


Once that is done, you can paint with the colour you chose – Most likely 2 coats will be needed.  

When the paint is dry, using the 220-grit sandpaper, give the edges and other surface areas a light sand. All you want to do is allow the dark stain to come through.



I hope you had fun will this build. Share your project and let me know how it went! 
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