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Desk Organizer

Kids can make their own desk organizer, or give it as a gift!  

It's a great way to reuse cardboard tubes or boxes and clean up a desk at the same time.

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Desk Organizer

desk organizer kids can make as a giftMaterials 

  • colored paper
  • scissors
  • cardboard boxes or tubes
  • cardboard for the base
  • decorations or trim
  • glue
  • pencil


Directions for how children can make a Desk Organizer

  1. Arrange the tubes and boxes into different shapes.  Find the pattern or design you like best.  You can use frozen juice cans, paper towel rolls (cut to height), toilet paper rolls, or a small box. Just be sure there are no sharp edges on the cans. 
    how to place a tube on the paper to cover it
  2. Select a piece of paper to cover a tube. You can use any colorful paper you want.  Cut a rectangle that is about 1/2 inch or 2 cm longer than the tube.
  3. Wrap the paper around the tube and glue at the seam. Fold the extra 
    material into the top of the tube for a more finished look. 
  4. Arrange the finished tubes so that the seams canít be seen and glue them together.
  5. Use a pencil to trace the shape of the Organizer on to the cardboard. Cut out the base and glue to the bottom of the Organizer. 

Ideas for Desk Organizer

  • Cut out a square or circle for the base and then decorate it.
  • Use plan paper and cut it to the right size.  Have the children make drawings or designs on the paper using markers or crayons.



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