Craft: Popsicle Stick Desk Caddy



  • Popsicle sticks (around 50)
  • Empty, clean, label removed soup can
  • PVA glue and paint brush
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Washi tape/wooden shapes/paints/glitter/ribbons, stickers, for decorating (optional)


1Paint a generous amount of glue to one side of the popsicle sticks and attach them vertically, side-by-side around the can.

2Once the can is covered, slip over a couple of rubber bands and allow some drying time.

3While the can is drying, lay 12 popsicle sticks down and run a couple of pieces of masking tape over them to secure. Do the same for a set of 10 popsicle sticks and secure with masking tape.

4Coat the back, (with the masking tape), of the set of 10 and secure it onto the top of the 12 piece set in the opposite direction, leaving an equal border around all sides.

5Remove rubber bands from can and decorate the holder. We used two bands of washi tape, but you could use a ribbon or stickers.

6Affix the can to the base of the holder with PVA glue. Also add a popsicle stick on its edge to three sides of the base. (This will create tray space where little objects won’t fall out.)

7Add additional details such as wooden shapes to personalise your desk caddy.

8Fill your desk caddy with pens, pencils, crayons, and all of your other bits and bobs!

We left the popsicle sticks natural, but you could decorate them with pain, textas, or glitter before gluing together. The possibilities are endless!

First published in Peninsula Kids – Winter 2017


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