Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DIY Lilly Desktop Wallpaper

Hey y'all! I can't wait to stomp into spring and am in love with Lilly Spring 2014!  When I saw the print Lobstah Roll, I instantly loved it and just knew I had to do something with it.  With Spring semester in full swing, exams are getting closer and closer and organization is more important than ever.

I always have a Lilly print as my desktop wallpaper, which makes it look cute, but sometimes it's still very cluttered.  Using Microsoft Power Point, I was able to create a customized way to organize my desktop and get it ready for spring at the same time.

I started by simply inserting the print into a blank Power Point document.  I get a lot of my wallpapers from Pulitzer Prints and found this one there as well.

I then resized the image to make it larger.  It's okay if you go outside of the boundaries of the typical slide on this one, and desktop backgrounds generally need a high resolution, so leaving it large is probably a good idea.  I also center and middle aligned the image, just to keep things lined up.

I then started making the categories for my icons.  Everybody will have different categories, but they are all created the same way.  I inserted a text box and changed the fill and outline to match my print.  I then choose one of my favorite fonts to type the category in.

After that, I copied the text box a few times and changed the category name.  I then arranged them in an array, leaving some extra space on the right side.

Since I'm creating this wallpaper for a computer I share with my sisters, I personalized the "Personal Folders" section with our monograms (because would it really be a Melissa Bergey project had I not monogrammed something?).  I did this by adding three new text boxes and typing our monograms in them.  If you're looking for a good, free monogram font, download the one here!

Finally, since exam season and the time preceding it can be so stressful, I added a Bible verse as an uplifting reminder.

To finalize my wallpaper, I grouped all the text boxes together.

I center and middle aligned them, then grouped them with the main image, the Lilly print.

Once everything was grouped, I right-clicked the image and save it as a picture.  Remember to save your image as a JPEG because Power Point usually saves as .png, and Windows won't let you upload these files as a wallpaper.  I set the configuration to "Stretch" when I changed the wallpaper and turned off the "Auto Arrange" feature on my desktop by right-clicking.  I also turned on the "Align to Grid" feature to keep my icons lined up.  I then moved my icons to their respective categories.

My desktop is now organized, with the added bonus of a cute Lilly wallpaper!  I saved the Power Point slide I was working with as a presentation too, so I can edit the categories or print any time I want.  Hope y'all enjoy this as much as I did, and I'd love to see what you can come up with!


  1. This is such a god idea and I have never even thought of doing something like this to organize my desktop!!! Thanks girl!!!

    Love Always,

  2. Thanks Elizabeth! Your kind and encouraging words have made my day once again! Thanks for always making me smile :)

  3. This is so cute! Love your blog! It is absolutely adorable (considering im a Lilly-holic myself ;) )

    Check out my new blog if you get the chance!

  4. This is amazing! I just did this to my desktop with another Lily Pulitzer picture! Thank you for the tutorial!

  5. i love this idea i cant wait to change mine around !!