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DIY: Nature Office Organizer

by The Ladies of Foret

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.

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