Wood and Brass Letter Holder

Organization! Who doesn’t need a little more of this in their daily routine to help them feel like they’re killing it at this whole adulting thing?! If you’ve got plenty of notepads on hand, thank you cards to send out, and paper documents that are time sensitive, a chic little letter holder will work some magic. Keeping things upright and within arms’ reach will help clear up valuable desktop square footage and make sure you don’t forget anyone’s birthday this year!

You can alter the width and length of this project according to your spacial needs or what types of paper items are collecting dust or multiplying overnight. Paint your wooden base to fit your aesthetic or leave it natural and seal it with a wax or poly. An organized desk is a happy desk!

-one 4″x10″ cut of pine
-three 8″ brass hoops (or four in case one doesn’t cut well)
-sturdy wire cutters
-super glue
-power drill
-5/64″ drill bit
-spray paint or acrylic paint and brush
-washi tape

Find the center of your first circle and then use your ruler to mark the halfway point on each brass circle with a piece of washi tape. Cut as precisely on those marks as you can. Repeat until you have the amount of brass circles that you need.

If one of the cuts is off, it will affect the measurements of both halves. How do I know? Let’s just say there was some whispered swearing involved. After you’ve cut three hoops up, you’ll have one extra arch. Find the most consistent five arches out of the six. You can also snip the ends off of the longest ones to ensure they are all as even as possible.

Place one end of your first hoop so that it sets 1/4″ in from the same short end and long end of a corner. Make a mark there and then make another where the other end rests. Be sure it’s also 1/4″ from the edge.

Use the same hoop and place one end 1/4″ in from the short end and the long end of the same corner—the one that is diagonal from your first hole. Make a mark. Then make a mark where the other end rests.

Using your ruler, find the halfway point between the marks as shown above. I resorted to using my cm side to get a more accurate measurement. Then find the center between the middle mark and each end.

Repeat with the other side.

Place your washi tape on your drill bit so that when it hits the wood, you’ll know not to drill any further. You don’t want your hole to go all the way through the wood, just short of a 1/2″ deep. Drill each of your holes and sand off any rough edges. Give your wood two coats of acrylic or spray paint. Make sure all of your hoops fit and then remove them before adding a tiny amount of super glue to each hole and replacing them. Let dry according to manufacturer’s instructions. Fill her up with stationary or use her to hold mail that needs attention … like finally RSVPing to your co-worker’s upcoming wedding.

Switch out the hoop size and see what you come up with. Use a heavier block of wood and 14″ hoops to make a chic record stand or pare it way down and cut up seven or eight 4″ hoops, flip them so that they all face one of the short edges, and suddenly you have yourself a fun instant photo display.

This one is definitely going to ensure we don’t run out of birthday cards this year, right? Please say, yes! – Rachel

Credits//Author: Rachel Denbow. Photography: Rachel Denbow and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with ACS for Desktop actions.
  • Mail can present a serious clutter problem in your home. Storing your mail doesn’t need to be unattractive! This wood and brass letter holder is not only gorgeous, but it is also easy to make.

    • Tori,
      I bought mine at a JoAnn store but you could also try Michael’s or other local art stores.

  • I’m sorry, I love this DIY but could you please give a tutorial on the pink wall hanging with wood beads?!?????

    • Ha! It’s a wall hanging that I made to sell so I probably won’t be sharing the tutorial. Glad you love it, though! -Rachel

  • This is absolutely breathtaking! Such an elegant decor piece to add to your home, and bonus points for it being functional, too.

    • Indya, Oh, thank you! Such a great compliment! I’m all about the marriage of beauty and function!

  • This is super snazzy! I have a couple of vintage ones I love using, but this is fantastic.

    Eva | www.shessobright.com

  • This is such a cute desk organizer!


  • Omg this is such a great idea, it can really help me sort my things (organizing my stuff isn’t my forte 🙂 I thought about making something somewhat similar and use it as napkins holder, but this is just so pretty I wanna cryyy! I’ll definitely put it in my to-diy list <3 Thank you so much for inspiring me Rachel <3

    • Marija,
      It would make the perfect napkins holder! Just use two halves instead of five, move them both to the center and you’re golden!

  • This is super chic, I just love the idea and the color combination!

  • Absolutely love this! It is so simple and cute! Definitely want to give it a go! xx


    • Zoe,
      Yes! Sometimes keeping it simple really is the best way to solve a design problem, huh!

  • so cute, and it seems super easy to do! something that I might try to do!! thanks for the idea girls! xx

  • Organisation is something we can all get behind! 🙂 Loving how simple this DIY looks. The touch of brass is so sophisticated! ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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