A DIY office desk cafe and a cup of tea on a desk.

DIY Office Desk Café Box

Sometimes during the daily grind you just need to take time for a quiet cup of tea or hot chocolate. You could make a run to the nearest café or even the break room. But if you’re an introvert like me, sometimes you just want to enjoy some downtime in your own little space. Or perhaps you can’t step away from your desk for long, or there’s no room to store your favorite drinks and such in the break room. Well if you have some free space on your desk, you can fill this simple DIY office desk cafe box with all your favorite goodies. Then you can simply grab a cup of hot water and retreat to your desk to enjoy a relaxing cuppa.


A DIY office desk cafe and a cup of tea on a desk.




  • 6.5″ x 4.5″ x 3.5″ wooden recipe box
  • 8 oz Rust-Oleum wood stain (dark walnut)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes and rags 
  • Mineral spirits (for cleanup)

I picked up the wooden recipe box at my local Bennion Crafts for about $5. They have a large selection of fun, eclectic wood crafts. You can also order the wooden recipe box from Michael’s. I used an 8 oz can of Rust-Oleum wood stain (dark walnut) to stain the box. It’s a dark, rich stain that contrasts beautifully with the white acrylic paint. Due to sub par lighting, the stain is a bit redder in these photos than it actually is. Two coats of stain did the trick for me. Then I simply freehand painted a floral pattern on the lid, but the stain is so beautiful that it would look great undecorated too.


The lid of a DIY office desk cafe.


I filled my box with an assortment of my favorite herbal teas. If you’re looking for some tea recommendations, check out my post on my top 5 favorite stress relief teas. I also added a few packets of instant hot chocolate. Because there’s got to be some study showing hot chocolate reduces stress, right? You can’t go wrong with Swiss Miss with marshmallows or Abuelita. (Now that I think about it, I would throw in a couple squares of individually wrapped dark chocolate too, just for good measure.) I found these mini wooden spoons with golden polka dots at World Market for about $5. It’s also where I found this adorable little jar of orange blossom honey. Finally, I threw in a couple packets of Sugar in the Raw turbinado cane sugar.


A close-up of the contents of an office desk cafe.

A pile of tea bags.

A pile of hot chocolate pouches.

Packets of sugar, a small jar of honey, and wooden spoons.

A cup of tea next to a small jar of honey.


So the next time you need a break from staring at a screen, fill your favorite mug with hot water and reach for your handy-dandy office desk café box. It’s simple to make and adds a touch a beauty to any desk, making it a great addition to your stress relief arsenal. If hot beverages aren’t your thing, you could fill the box with calming essential oils, lotions, dark chocolate, mints, pictures/mementos of happy moments, or whatever else eases your stress.


A DIY office desk cafe and a cup of tea next to a laptop.

A DIY office desk cafe on a desk.

A DIY office desk cafe on a desk.

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4 thoughts on “DIY Office Desk Café Box

  • Steven Berrett

    great post, I love the descriptions and comments. The photos look good, and hopefully the new lights will make them really stand out.

    • Sarah Berrett Post author

      Thanks, Amy! Yeah, I think it would make a great addition to your desk. Plus is makes grabbing a cup of tea when you have a cold much simpler. 😉