Bamboo Desk Tidy

This practical gift made with bamboo and twine is a handy way for keeping pens and desk accessories tidy.

Bamboo Desk Tidy

Skill Level


Time to Make

1.5 hours + drying time for glue

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Arrange 2, 3 or 4 bamboo circles into a stack without gluing them. Repeat to make a couple more stacks at different heights. Re-arrange the circles to find the best sizes and combinations. When you’ve found the right combination, lightly sand the edges on each piece. Glue the bamboo into tube-shaped containers. Leave each stack to dry separately.
  2. Before gluing the bamboo stacks together, wrap 60cm-80cm pieces of twine around each one. Glue the ends so the twine stays neatly wrapped, or tie the ends into knots.
  3. Glue the tubes onto a wooden coaster as a base.
    For a free standing design, glue card circles to cover the holes at the bottom, apply glue along the sides of the tubes, press them together then leave to dry.
  4. To decorate the desk tidy, tie a wooden flower onto some twine then tie it onto one of the tubes. The bamboo can be left natural or brushed lightly with white paint or a colour.
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Top Tip

Solid bamboo circles without holes can be used individually as containers for small stationery items like paperclips and erasers.

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