Adding A Bit Of Glam To The Office

Upcycled Office Organization -

 Hi. My name is Tara. And I love all-things-metallic. 

And you’re all “Duh, Tara…. could you maybe talk about pastels… or even plaid?”

No. I can’t. I’m a crow.

I like shiny things.  

Acrylic Boxes -before -

We were visiting my parents’ place when my mom produced a box of plastic cubes. “Do you want these, Tara?”

It’s really a formality, this “asking Tara if she wants organizational things”. I always want the things. Especially if they reek of potential 

Mr. Suburble tries to thwart my collection of could-be-upcycled paraphenalia. Thankfully, along with repurposing things, I’ve mastered the cunning art of “hiding things”. 

Gold Foil Organizers - weeding text -

I was gifted some printable gold foil for my Silhouette Cameo this Christmas, and I had been itching to try it out. These cubes needed some flair. 

And gold? Heck-to-the-yes. Put gold on ’em! 

I cut out the word “write” for one box, and patterned sections for the other two. You can buy the patterns here: chevron and polka dot.

If you’ve not ever worked with the gold foil before, it’s a bit different from vinyl. You can weed it (as I’m showing in the picture above), but it acts more like a sticker than a vinyl. I didn’t have to use transfer paper, as the foil is stiff enough to retain its shape while being handled.

Acrylic Blocks turned Organizers -

And once they were glammed up with a bit of gold, the boxes had become showpieces for the desk!

Acrylic Blocks turned Organizers - Write -

Of course, pencils were a natural choice for the “write” block… 

Acrylic Cubes turned Makeup Brush Organization -

But I thought that the two patterned blocks would also be fabulous additions to the vanity/bathroom shelf. Brushes do best when they’re stored upright to avoid damaging the bristles. 

Upcycled Office Organization -

 But for right now, this is how I’ll be using my trio of golden boxes – as a way of organizing that desktop (or junk drawer) clutter. I love how this upcycle is not only practical, but also pretty!

And if you don’t happen to stumble upon some plastic boxes, consider using mason jars, thrifted glassware, or vases.

A little gold goes a long way, don’t you think? 

Are you a crow? Is gold your BFF?
Check out some of my other golden lovelies:

Mason Jars After Patina Activating Solution  - (1 of 1)

Metallic Mason Jars 

DIY Cloche sidebar
Thrift Your Own Cloche

Gold Bubble Vase

Golden Bubble Vase

Artsy Jewellery Organizer

A Golden Jewelry Organizer



  1. February 6, 2014

    That gold foil stuff looks fun! I’m trying my best not to buy anything new until I use up the stuff I have (thrifted and otherwise) first! (No where to hide stuff…)
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  2. February 6, 2014
    Amy of while wearing heels

    Oh la la. Such a great upcycle. So, are these being hidden away or proudly displayed. They better be proudly displayed. You’re bringing gold back, like Justin’s bringing sexy back 🙂
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  3. February 7, 2014
    Inspire Me Heather

    They turned out great, sooo much better with the gold!!
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  4. February 8, 2014
    Bronwyn MayB

    I heart that idea. Also, the new look is awesome! (I’ve been neglecting catching up on my reading lately!!)
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  5. February 10, 2014
    Angie@Echoes of Laughter

    Really pretty Tara! I am so inspired to add some gold to my little office space! Angie xo
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  6. February 27, 2014
    Katie Adams

    I love these little containers. They are so pretty to look at and totally functional!
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    • March 1, 2014

      Oh, thank you, Katie! I love adding a bit of fancy to things that could otherwise be chucked!

  7. December 28, 2015

    Gold makes everything just a little bit better! This is such a versatile idea, so many things that could be made just a little better with a touch of gold!
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  8. December 29, 2015

    These are adorable! I love gold accents for the home and these would pair perfectly with almost any style!
    Kate | The Organized Dream

  9. December 30, 2015

    So pretty! An easy and cute way to dress up office supplies. Thanks for sharing!

  10. December 31, 2015

    Lovely idea! Wishing you a Blessed and Happy New year!
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  11. January 1, 2016
    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    Wow…you are so creative! I love these and now think that I need to organize a little…LOL! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday!

    • January 5, 2016

      Awww… thanks, Lisa!

  12. January 6, 2016

    I love these ideas! So pretty. I would love to have you post on my blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home ( It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you’re interested.



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