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Preciosa Crystals Black Cat Desk Tidy Embellishment Project

October 16, 2023 3 min read

Black Cat Desk Tidy with Biarritz Preciosa Crystals

If you're an office worker who enjoys crafting and embraces fashion, this DIY tutorial will show you how to add a touch of elegance and charm to your workspace with a Black Cat Desk Tidy Embellishment. By using high-quality Preciosa Crystals, we'll guide you step-by-step to create a stunning decorative piece for your desk. Get ready to unleash your creativity and make Halloween season even more enchanting!


Component List:

The full list of Preciosa crystals, components and tools needed to complete this project can be found below. If you click on the product description (link), the respective product page will open, where each item can be viewed and added to cart:


Component Image Component Name / Link To Purchase Component Quantity
Desk tidy of your choice
Black cat desk tidy or item of your choice
x 1
Preciosa Rhinestones Biarritz SS5
x 100
Preciosa Rhinestones Biarritz SS7
Preciosa Rhinestones Biarritz SS7 x 100
Preciosa Rhinestones Biarritz SS9
Preciosa Rhinestones Biarritz SS9 x 100
E6000 Plus Glue Kit
E6000 Plus Glue Kit x 1
wax picker pen for flat back crystals Wax Crystal Picker Tool x 1
Magic Sorting Tray Magic Sorting Tray x 1




Step 1

Prepare your workspace

Before you begin your project, ensure you have a nice clean workspace where you have a large flat surface with plenty of light so you can leave the rhinestone embellishment to dry without it being disturbed.

Step 2 

Prepare the surface

Ensure that the item is free of dust and grease and gently buff the surface with sandpaper if it is shiny, this will provide a rough ‘key’ texture and guarantee a strong bond with the glue and crystals.

Step 3

Plan your design

Before diving into the application process, it's essential to plan your design. For this shape we chose concentric lines that flow along the outline. However, to add further definition, care can be taken to define regions on the shape by deciding how far you take the concentric lines in any one direction. In the image below you can see how the focus is mainly on the flow of the spine with separate defined sections for the different limbs.


Plan your rhinestone embellishment design


Step 4

Load the glue syringe

Fill the syringe part way with E6000 Plus glue and cover a small section of the cat with a thin layer of glue. Allow a few minutes for the glue to become tacky before placing your crystals. This resin glue will remain workable for approximately 45 minutes and will require several hours to fully dry.

Step 5

Begin your embellishment

Use the Magic Sorting Tray for storing the crystals and use the Wax Picker Pen to pick up and place your crystals strategically onto the desk tidy in a way that suits your design. When filling a shape, it is best to start with the outline and work your way in. Try to leave no spaces between your crystals for the best finish. 

Step 7

Let it dry

After all the crystals are in place, set aside the item, lying it down as flat as possible to allow the adhesive to dry completely with minimal crystal slippage. Then you are free to enjoy your new custom creation!


Congratulations you have completed the project !


By following this DIY Black Cat Desk Tidy Embellishment Tutorial, you've successfully transformed a plain office essential into a fashionable and eye-catching piece! Thanks to the Preciosa Crystals, your desk tidy will undoubtedly become the centrepiece of your workspace, reflecting your creativity and love for crafting. Get ready to inspire envy among your colleagues with this elegant and unique decoration!