DIY: Nature Office Organizer

Feeling like “you live in a cubicle” 40+ hours a week and hardly get to see the sun and living growing things on the weekdays? We’re lucky enough that even when we can’t make it outdoors, we’re surrounded by beauty and greenery. We want everyone to be able to have a daily slice of the outdoors, so here’s a way to bring a little green into your work week. We devised a simple structure to house files, catalogues, or mail that utilizes moss, foraged findings, and natural elements. We love this assemblage of little pieces of nature under glass to create structure and order for your work space or home. You can use anything you love, whether it’s a mass of little fallen acorns collected from your favorite park, stones and shells you found on your memorable beach vacation, or a dropped feather you found while hiking through the woods. There’s no right or wrong, just what inspires you. Maybe it’s something you even swap out every couple months to reflect the changing seasons! -the Ladies of Forêt

The full how-to is after the jump…

  • palette wood or salvaged wood
  • mason jars (various sizes work well)
  • super glue
  • wood screws
  • drill
  • chop saw
  • reindeer moss, mood moss, lichen and/ or spanish moss
  • air plants
  • foraged findings (acorns, pinecones, feathers, shells, or whatever you love)
  • gems, agate and crystals
1. Start by cutting your wood using a chop saw to the desired length. We chose 14″ in length but you could go longer and just add more jars.
2. Glue your mason jar lid together so that they are one intact piece by running a bead of super glue around the inside edge if the lid and placing the disc on top. Press down and let dry for 15 minutes.
3. Gently rest the jar inside the lid, but don’t screw together and play around with the configuration of the jars on the surface of the wood. Staggering them and creating a few gaps for your paperwork to be stored.
4. Once you’re happy with the configuration, remove the glass part and using a drill screw the lids down to the wood.
5. Then gently pack your jars with an assortment of various mosses, natural elements, and findings. We used gray pinecones, quartz crystals, reindeer moss, mood moss and air plants. Ta dah!
6. Now you can order and file away! Your folders and mail will nestle nicely between the negative spaces of where your jars live.

Should it be mentioned that you might have to flip this over and open up the jars to shpritz once a week or so depending on what you put in there? Those air plants will dry up pretty quickly otherwise.

Alexandra Snowdon

Oh I’m loving this! I can’t live without the outdoors but sometimes I’m just too busy or the weather’s just too awful ( I live in the UK…) to get outside at lunchtime, I’m going to try this, thanks!


Yeah, I would like to know what is recommended for keeping them alive without having to jostle them around so much.


Actually there are ways to make a terrarium that will last for a long time without care (I’ve seen 53 years in some article). An ecosystem will develop inside the bottle. Search for “sealed bottle garden” or “closed plant terrarium”.

Alex from Cartridge Save

OMG this is beyond awesome. I may actually have to try and make this thing. Of course you could put all sorts of other stuff in the jars – baubles, hundreds and thousands. Depends how surreal or psychedlic I wanted to be, I guess. Reminders of the ’60s with pictures of Keith Moon blowing up his drum kit. Anarchy in the office!