Creative Eco Crafts: Collage Tray and Pencil Box

Hello everyone! We are now halfway through Green Week Thurrock, which is part of the Great Big Green Week, a national week of events celebrating action on climate change created by the Climate Coalition.

Today’s Eco-Craft is a collab with Emily from Lilac Daisies and involves your stationery! She is going to show you how she upcycled a plain cardboard box into a colourful and fun place to store your pens, pencils, sticky notes and more.

You will need:

  • A Cardboard Tray – Emily’s is from Cadbury’s Mini Rolls
  • A Cardboard Box – Emily’s is from a pack of eco- friendly paper straws
  • An Old Magazine, or other scraps of coloured paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors (optional)


1. First, we are going to begin with the box. Have a look through your papers, create a colour scheme and tear out your chosen papers.

2. For my box, I then started to cut the papers into strips, tearing one edge to add texture.

3. Working from top down I began to stick each strip onto the box until I reached the bottom.

4. Leave the box to dry and you are ready to fill it with your pens and pencils!

5. Next for the tray, repeat step 1. After I had chosen my papers I cut them into strips, without tearing this time, and organised them into a striped pattern.

6. I started by sticking the inside strips down first, then the bottom strips as you won’t see this side as much, then finished by wrapping and folding a wide strip around and four sides to cover and seal the edges of the thinner strips.

7. Again, leave to dry and you are ready to use your recycled tray, I will be using mine to organise my stationery on my desk, such as my stapler and sticky notes.

We hope you enjoyed crafting along with us today!

Please share your makes with us on social media using #CraftingWithCeceLuna or alternatively email your photos to for a chance to be featured in our online gallery.

Click here to find all of our Eco-Crafts for Green Week Thurrock

Stay tuned for our next craft and happy crafting! From the team at Cece Luna x

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