How To Make A Writer’s Wastebasket Decoration

I’ll admit that some may not consider this to be a decoration, and that many may think it is completely dorky. However, I love this writer’s wastebasket décor, and it has sat at my desk for many years as I have wrote, rewrote, and edited my stories. So for your benefit, here are some easy instructions so you can make your own writer’s wastebasket decoration.

1 writing decor caution writer at work


  • A wire wastebasket
  • 3 giant pencils
  • Paper
  • Cardstock
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scrapbook adhesives or a glue stick
  • Giant erasers, pencil sharpeners, and a block of wood with the words “Writer’s Block” written on it (Optional)

*I got almost all of my supplies from Dollar Tree.


1—Get on the computer and type out the phrase “CAUTION: Writer @ Work.” You can pick whatever font type and size you want. I used a large, bold font called Impact for the CAUTION: part of my sign and the carbon type font named Ghost Writer for the Writer @ Work section.

2—After printing the words out, cut the phrase into any shape you want (square, circle, hexagon, etc.).

2 writing decor caution writer at work sign

3—Glue the phrase onto a piece of cardstock using either scrapbook adhesives or a glue stick. Cut the cardstock out into desired shape.

4—Place the back of the cardstock phrase against the outside part of the wastebasket where you want it to sit. Using the hot glue gun, carefully spread glue over the inner part of the basket, over the wires and onto the back of the phrase. Hold the phrase in position until it is dry and secure.

5—Place the three giant pencils in the basket.

1 writing decor giant pencils

6—Take the paper and crumple it up into balls. Place these paper balls into the basket.

7—Put the basket on your desk and arrange the erasers, pencil sharpeners, and writer’s block in front of it.

3 writing decor eraser writers block pencil sharpeners

And there you have it! Your very own nerdy writing decoration. Do you have any other decoration ideas for writers? Then share them in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

2 writing decor caution writer at work

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s