Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 137 - Describe something you have made yourself

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe something you have made yourself (from wood, metal, paper or other material).

You should say:

  • what you made
  • why you made it
  • how you made it

and explain how you felt about it.


Model Answer 1:
I have a habit of visiting handicraft stores from time to time because I really like the cool and beautiful looking stuff there for decorating our homes. So, the other day, when I was visiting one such handicraft store, I saw a very beautiful looking wooden flower vase, and I wanted to buy it for my room except, of course, it was a bit too expensive for me. Suddenly, an idea hit me, and needless to say, I liked it.

I wanted to make my own flower vase out of wood just like the one I saw at the store, but I just didn’t know what kind of wood or material was used to make it. But, I assumed that it was made out of some expensive wood because it looked extraordinarily beautiful and polished.

So, I decided to choose my own material – I chose bamboo. But, it wasn’t exactly easy to find the best quality bamboo where I lived, so I travelled to a bamboo garden in a distant area in order to find a perfectly round shape bamboo which was green in colour, and it was really hard. After bringing that bamboo, I cut it into some evenly-sized thin slices. If I remember it correctly, I believe that I made about 10 slices which were about 1 foot high each. After that, I connected their edges with each other with some strong glue to give them a round shape with about a 6-inch hollow space at the centre around them. In no time, I saw that my flower vase was getting shape. So, I decided to close one pole of my newly-made flower vase after painting it with my favourite golden colour in order to hide some unwanted spots on it.  

Anyway, after making the flower vase, I felt surprisingly proud of my achievement because I did it with my own hands and by using my own technology. But, the best thing about it was that neither did it actually take much time nor did I have to spend a fortune to make my beautiful looking flower vase.


Sample Answer 2:
I made different toys in my childhood, and sometimes, I built some simple to moderately complex electronic devices in my teenage days. Making those was a kind of hobby for me and it was an exciting pursuit. I felt overwhelmed whenever I had been able to make something that I planned for. For this topic, I would like to talk about a wooden boat that I made in my childhood when I was 8 or 9 years old.

I saw a very nice looking boat in a toy store and had been fascinated to purchase and own it. But the price was too high for me and I did not ask my parents to buy it for me as I knew that it was very expensive. A few days later, after my 5th-grade final exam, I went to visit my grandfather’s house, and there I planned to make a boat similar to the one I saw in the store. The original boat that I saw was made of metal and plastic but I planned to make one using the board, plastic and wood. The plan came to my mind as the pieces of wood and boards were available in my grandfather’s house.

I started making the boat from my memory, and at a time, I found that I was making the wrong one. Then I realised I won’t be able to make the boat that I planned. So, I draw a sketch of the boat on paper first and then started building the parts of the boat once again. This time I was successful and I had been able to make a nice looking boat. Later I coloured it and wrote my name on it.

This was a fascinating experience as it was the first time I made something from wood and board. Before that, I mostly made toys from paper. After I made that boat, I showed it to everyone. I was very excited to have it and I was proud that I had been able to make it. I had this toy with me for one year or so, and this was a toy that inspired me to make more other toys at a later time.   

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a hobby you have.
  2. Describe a hobby you have when you were a child.
  3. Describe a toy or tool that you made by yourself.
  4. Describe a skill you have.
  5. Describe a thing you made which was appreciated by all.
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