DIY Metallic Desk Tidy


After publishing my upcycling competition post last week, I thought I should share some inspiration in case you wanted to take part! So here is my tutorial for a DIY Metallic Desk Tidy, an easy project which can be made in an afternoon.

I visited Hobbycraft and my local hardware store for supplies. The guys at the hardware store are always so friendly and knowledgeable so I knew they would be able to help me with some scraps.



      • Spray paint in Metallic Antique Gold
      • Spray Primer in White
      • 3 Metal tubes measuring 8, 6 and 4 inches tall and 2 inches diameter
      • White spirit
      • Sandpaper for metals
      • Cork trivet (mine was from IKEA)
      • E6000 Glue
      • NB: You could use cardboard tubes instead of metal for a lighter version

Step 1

Using a rag and some white spirit, remove any grease from the metal tubing. My hardware store cut the tubing to the size I wanted and it only cost £3 for 3 pieces. Using the sandpaper, smooth the ends of the tubing to remove any rough edges.


Step 2

Using the primer spray, add light coats on the tubing ensuring even coverage. This forms the base for your colour.


Step 3

Using the metallic spray paint, build up light coats leaving to dry for 30 minutes in between. Plastikote is touch dry in 5 minutes, but I like to leave it longer between coats.


Step 4

Decide which end of the tubing is the top and spray a little inside as this may be slightly visable when the desk tidy is constructed. Repeat the spray process for the cork trviet too. I only sprayed one side since the other is on the desk.


Step 5

Decide on your arrangement of the tubes and glue each end to the cork trivet using E6000.


Step 6

The ends of my desk tidy were still a little rough so I added some washi tape around the top edge.

Add your pencils and pens and it’s done!


If you fancy trying your hand at a hardware DIY, why not join in my upcyling competition here?! You can win £250 in Amazon vouchers.




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Upcycling Competition – Win £250 in Amazon Vouchers

Today’s post will give DIYers a chance to win £250 in Amazon Vouchers in my Blogger Competition with Able Skills!

Feeling lucky? I’ve teamed up with trade and construction training provider AbleSkills to run a super fun and creative upcycling challenge. We’re looking for arts and crafts bloggers to make something for their home using old building materials – such as brick, tiles and pipe.

Stuck for ideas? Here are a few ideas to get you started and see below for my project too:




How to Enter

You need to create a blog post that features your upcycled item. You can be as imaginative and creative as you like in your post, we’re looking for entries that really make the most out of scrap materials. Feel free to use photos and videos alongside the method in your entry.

To enter, all we ask that is the post is a previously unpublished and that you include a link to Able Skills ( or embed our competition badge in your post (see below).

You need to publish your entry by 31 October 2014 and share a link to your entry in the widget at the bottom of the blog post before midnight on that date.

If you’re entered, please feel free to tweet @ableskills and us and they’ll share your lovely blog post with all their followers!

The Prizes!

  • The winning post, as decided by the Able Skills team will win a whopping £250 in Amazon vouchers to spend on whatever you fancy!
  • There is also a second prize of £100 in Amazon Vouchers to the first runner up
  • But that’s not all! There are even more chances to win, as our 3rd, 4th & 5th place entrants will each receive £25 in Amazon Vouchers.

Submit Your Entry


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Best of luck to you all. I can’t wait to see your entries. I’m off to my local hardware store to see if they have any scraps I can use for a DIY project.

The winners have been announced!!

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You will be emailed shortly about your prizes. Well done and thanks for taking part!



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