Introduction: Makedo Desk Tray

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Keep your desk organised with this neat (in more ways than one) desk tray.

This simple creation made from up-cycled cardboard is designed so you can create, stack and join as many trays on top of each other as you like.

To make one tray, all you need is two Makedo Re-clips, some cardboard (keep the boxes that copy paper comes in), the template we’ve provided with these instructions, a ruler and cutting device.

We have provided two templates. One is a laser cut template and the other is a printable A4 sheet pattern.

Step 1: Find

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Source cardboard from around your home. We’ve used cardboard from an open packaging box.

Step 2: Cut

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To begin the first tray, draw out the template dimensions supplied with these instructions. Cut out the cardboard template.

Step 3: Score

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Using the point end of the Makedo Safe-saw, lightly score the flaps of the cardboard where there are dotted lines shown on the PDF template.

Step 4: Fold

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Fold along the scored lines and slowly your tray should take form.

Step 5: Punch

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To position the tray into place, use the Makedo Safe-saw and punch the sides of the tray where cardboard overlaps.

Step 6: Connect

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Connect the sides together using a Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip. Your first tray is complete. You can use this first tray to trace more cardboard templates. Stack the trays above one another to hold more documents.

Step 7: Stack

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To stack multiple trays simply sit the top tray over the lower tray, overlapping the sides. Connect the overlapping sides together using Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip.

Step 8: Complete

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You are now ready to organise all your important documents.  Add a spash of colour to your desk by using different coloured cardboards and patterns. Remember to upload your creation to or post on our Facebook. We would love to see it!


trevrepehteht (author)2016-05-08

Great idea. It is however better to modify the tray design to avoid overlapping and punching. The trays can be glued inside a separate cardboard box for more stability.

Ventur (author)2015-08-13

rugshd (author)2012-05-26

That's fantastic - perfect for low budgets!

Neon Panda (author)2012-05-26

I love this! It is really effective and so practical. I am off to find some cardboard....

SIRJAMES09 (author)2012-04-12

this is a very ingenious(?) Idea!!

and to think that the sky is the limit as to how many you can stack/how big you can make it.....I LOVE IT!!!

TY for sharing!!!

lsandifer1 (author)2012-04-12

GENIUS! I will definitely be doing this when I get some extra boxes =)

Toffy (author)2012-04-09

Very very good. Nice job, and well done.

wannabeinventor (author)2012-04-08

Thank you! This is definite project for my landfill of a desk!

vincent7520 (author)2012-04-07

clear, smart, easy to follow, a real help for those times where one's on the move or on a tight budget (or both), practical …
all in all a real
congratulations… from "instructables;dot;com"

makedo-able (author)vincent75202012-04-08

Thank you!

BigChuckyD (author)2012-04-07

Get Job!!! Far more appealing than my organizer. I stacked and taped 4 UPS Next day boxes , cut for an opening. Free and Good to go. :)

makedo-able (author)BigChuckyD2012-04-08

Excellent use of UPS boxes! nice work! :D

Rank Penguin (author)2012-04-07

This is a nice Instructable, easy to follow and the pictures are very clear. I look forward to making this.

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