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How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder



Whether you’re heading back to school or just want a new piece of office flair, a DIY pencil holder is a perfect addition to any desk. This project is inexpensive and totally personal – and it’s a fantastic gift idea for adults and kids!

Decorate Your Desk With This DIY Pencil Holder

Don’t throw that soup can away just yet! In just a few simple steps, you can transform a tin can into a one-of-a-kind pencil holder. What goes on your pencil holder is totally up to you. So grab your supplies and DIY skills to get started on this DIY pencil holder, just in time for school!

What You’ll Need:

  • Empty tin can
  • Ruler
  • Page from your favorite book or magazine
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Modge Podge
  • Craft sponge (makeup sponges work too!)
  • Magazine or photo cutout

How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder:

Step 1: Start With An Empty Tin Can

Step 1: Start With An Empty Tin Can | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 1: Start With An Empty Tin Can | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Start with an empty tin can and make sure there are no sharp edges!

Step 2: Measure The Height Of Your Can

Step 2: Measure The Height Of Your Can | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 2: Measure The Height Of Your Can | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Get the height of your can and be as precise as possible! It’ll make the finished product look even better.

Step 3: Measure That Same Length Onto The Page From Your Book

Step 3: Measure That Same Length Onto The Page From Your Book | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 3: Measure That Same Length Onto The Page From Your Book | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

This will be the paper exterior that covers the outside of your can.

Step 4: Use Your X-Acto Knife To Cut Your Paper

Step 4: Use Your X-Acto Knife To Cut Your Paper | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 4: Use Your X-Acto Knife To Cut Your Paper | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Make sure to do this on your cutting board or mat to avoid damage to your tabletop!

Step 5: Coat The Entire Exterior Of Your Can In Modge Podge

Step 5: Coat The Entire Exterior Of Your Can In Modge Podge | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 5: Coat The Entire Exterior Of Your Can In Modge Podge | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Don’t go overboard with the glue, but make sure the can is fully coated.

Step 6: Carefully Wrap Your Paper Around The Can

Step 6: Carefully Wrap Your Paper Around The Can | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 6: Carefully Wrap Your Paper Around The Can | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Press the paper firmly against the can while it dries.

Step 7: Apply More Modge Podge To Where You Want Your Cutout

Step 7: Apply More Modge Podge To Where You Want Your Cutout | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 7: Apply More Modge Podge To Where You Want Your Cutout | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

A thin, even layer of Modge Podge is perfect.

Step 8: Stick On Your Magazine Cutout

Step 8: Stick On Your Magazine Cutout | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 8: Stick On Your Magazine Cutout | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Press and hold for a minute or two while it dries.

Step 9: Apply An Overcoat Of Modge Podge

Step 9: Apply An Overcoat Of Modge Podge | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 9: Apply An Overcoat Of Modge Podge | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Repeat steps 7-9 if you want to add more photos. Get creative!

Step 10: Enjoy Your Brand New Pencil Holder!

Step 10: Enjoy Your Brand New Pencil Holder! | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Step 10: Enjoy Your Brand New Pencil Holder! | How To Make A DIY Pencil Holder

Your DIY pencil holder is now ready to use!

Check out the video below to see this DIY in action!
You probably don’t notice, but you’re sure to have a few loose pens and paperclips scattered around your desk. But, with this DIY pencil holder, it would be much easier to get them out of the way and keep your desk organized. A frugal project you easily whip in few minutes and the only limit to this is your creativity.

Do you have any other DIY desk ideas? We’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment and let us know!

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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