Making a Bamboo Decorative Box

Bamboo Decorative Box -  finished box
Thin pieces of bamboo, CDs, and raffia are assembled in this project to create a useful, decorative bamboo box. It is great for storing small items on your desk. If a small plate is placed inside you can add a little potted plant. There are a lot of different uses.

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Bamboo Decorative Box - finished boxEveryone uses boxes to store items such as pens, pencils, scissors, or other small items. Certain types of boxes make a great plant decoration if you add a small plate at the bottom of the box before adding your plant. In Tahiti, I use a lot of pieces of bamboo when I decorate my home and yard. I just love the natural color of the bamboo and the way it looks. This is a cute little box that can be used for many different things around your home. Plus, you can use any medium you like to decorate the box.

Total Time: 4 to 5 hours

Yield: 1 Box


  • 10 pieces thin bamboo
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • cardboard
  • jute
  • green raffia
  • 4 old CDs
  • pen
  • scissors
Bamboo Decorative Box - supplies


  1. There is no need to clean your CDs for this project. Take a ruler and measure up 1 inch from the bottom of the CD and draw a straight line across the CD.
  2. Bamboo Decorative Box - draw a straight line one inch in from the bottom of the CD, repeat on all

  3. Cut the 4 CDs first and set them aside.
  4. Bamboo Decorative Box - cut all four on the line
  5. Take your piece of cardboard and measure a 4 ½ inch by 4 ½ square and cut 2 pieces.
  6. Bamboo Decorative Box - cut two pieces of cardboard 4.5 x 4.5"
  7. Use your hot glue gun to glue the two pieces together.
  8. Bamboo Decorative Box - glue them together
  9. Take your bamboo and cover the front and the back of the square. Use your scissors to trim off the excess bamboo around the edges.
  10. Bamboo Decorative Box - cover the front and back fo the square with bamboo, trim off excess with scissors

  11. Use your hot glue gun to glue the jute around the outside of the base. Depending on the thickness of the jute you will need to go around the base 4 to 5 times. Set this aside.
  12. Bamboo Decorative Box - glue jute around on the inside of the base
    Bamboo Decorative Box - base covered with jute
  13. Now cover the front and the back of all 4 CDs with bamboo. Use the hot glue gun to glue the pieces of bamboo in place.
  14. Bamboo Decorative Box - cover the front and back of all 4 CDs with bamboo
  15. Around the outside edge of the CD add your green raffia. I wrapped it around 3 times to cover all the areas.
  16. Bamboo Decorative Box - wrap raffia around the outside edge covering well and glue in place

  17. Assemble the box. Use the hot glue gun and apply a thick layer of glue to the jute on the base. Glue the first panel on the base. Continue on like this until you have glued all 4 panels to the base of the box. On the corners of the box apply a little hot glue and glue the 4 CDs to each other to form your box. The box is now done and ready to be used around your home.
  18. Bamboo Decorative Box - glue the bamboo covered CD panels to the jute around the base and glue the panels to each other
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February 4, 20200 found this helpful

Your eco friendly crafts always make me so happy!

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February 4, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you so much. There aren't a lot of craft supplies on the island so in order to create something unique, I learned to use eco-friendly items.

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