Easy Small-Scale DIY Projects Using Cane

Cane box on white shelf with vase with eucalyptus
credit: Caroline Burke

Cane is having a moment and we are absolutely here for it. If you've been DIYing your furniture with cane panels (see our projects here, here, and here), you may have some cane offcuts that you want to use up. We've been making some smaller home decor accessories using cane leftovers that are a perfect nod to the cane trend without being too overpowering. So, if you're looking for some cane inspo, these easy projects might be just the thing you're after.

Things You'll Need

Cane Storage Boxes

Cane box on white shelf with vase with eucalyptus
credit: Caroline Burke

Storage is all-important, so if we can make it cuter, why not? This quick project is ideal for small boxes or even jewelery storage.

Step 1

Pick a wooden box to makeover.

Untreated wooden box
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Step 2

Unscrew the hinges so you can remove the lid.

Open wooden box with screwdriver removing hinges.
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Step 3

Take a piece of cane webbing and cut it to the same size as the lid.

Hands holding cane while cutting with black scissors.
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Step 4

Brush glue over the back of the cane.

Hand applying glue to cane with yellow superglue brush
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Step 5

Place the cane glue side down onto the lid.

Wooden lid with cane on top.
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Weigh down the cane webbing with books to keep it in place while it dries.

Stack of books weighing down on wooden box lid.
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Step 6

Cut smaller pieces of cane to cover the other sides of the lid.

Hand holding cane against wooden lid. Scissors in background.
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For smaller sections, you can glue along the edges and place the cane on top. Repeat until you've covered the box.

Hand applying glue to wooden box lid.
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Step 7

Screw the hinges back onto the lid to finish.

Hand holding screwdriver while screwing lid back onto box.
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Wooden box covered in cabe on white unit with candle, framed photo and vase with greenery in background.
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Cane Pencil Holder

Making a cane pencil holder is very simple and hugely practical for your office space. This small scale DIY can be made in under 30 minutes and is a great way to update the look of your desk.

Cane pencil pot next to computer, clock, scissors and keyboard in background.
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Step 1

Take a round wooden disk measuring approximately 3 or 4-inches in diameter.

Hand holding wooden circle.
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Step 2

Glue all around the edges.

Hand holding brush with glue against wooden circle.
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Step 3

Take a piece of cane and wrap it around the wooden disk so that the ends line up with the glue. You'll want about 1/2 inch of overlap on the cane, so run some glue along the joint where the cane overlaps.

Hand holding cane cylinder.
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Step 4

Tie the cane with some string to stop it from unrolling while it dries.

Cane cylinder with jute string wrapped around.
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Step 5

Once dry, trim the cane to the height you want. (The holder pictured here is 4 1/2 inches high.)

Hand holding scissors cutting through cane cylinder.
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Pop in your pencils to finish!

Cane pensil pot next to computer and keyboard.
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Cane Votive Holder

We couldn't make some cane home accessories without including some candles. Votive holders are a great way to incorporate touches of cane into your home decor.

Cane candle holder on wooden table next to plant pot and glass vase.
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Step 1

Take a small drinking glass that's wide enough to hold tealight or votive candles.

Hand holding glass.
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Step 2

Wrap cane around the glass and, using scissors, trim the cane to the same height. (You'll want about 1/2 inch excess on the width so that the cane overlaps when you wrap it around.)

Hand wrapping cane webbing around glass.
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Step 3

Run some glue along the edge of the cane where it overlaps.

Hand applying glue to cane, glass in background.
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Step 4

Wrap the cane around the glass. Tie the glass with string to hold the cane in place while the glue dries.

cane wrapped around glass with jute string tied around.
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Cane candle holder with lit tealight candle inside. Next to plant pot and a glass vase with plant inside.
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!