DIY Pencil Holders

Yes, I’m showing you how to make a pencil holder today. No, we are not back in kindergarten. When I wrote the title of this post, that’s what I immediatelycame to mind. Remember when you were little and wrapped a soup can with construction paper and then decorated it with ties or tools for Father’s Day? I wonder if kids still make those pencil holders.

Anyway, this is a more adult and modern version of the classic soup can pencil holder. As you may know, I’m part of Lowe’s Creative Blogging team. This month we were challenged to come up with a creative organizing solution. And since I’m tired of using an old flower pot to organize my pens and pencils, I thought this would be a fun project.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Plus, a container like this is multi-purpose. You can use it as a vase, straw holder, flatware holder at a party, etc. So, if you have enough pencil holders around the house, you have other options for its use.

Whenever I’m looking for a little DIY inspiration at Lowe’s, I often head to the molding / finished wood section. I tend to find some sort of inspiration there. This time I happened upon these decorative corner molding pieces and thought thst together they could make a really cool piece. Thankfully, my plan worked out.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Pretty cool, right?

Let me show you how to make them.

DIY Pencil Holders

Here’s what you’ll need for one:

4 decorative corner molding pieces
small piece of scrap wood (for the bottom)
miter saw
sander / sand paper
wood glue
wood putty
rubber bands
paint
pencil

The first step is to make miter cuts into each of the decorative corner molding pieces. If you’ve never used a miter saw or made a miter cut, you’ll want to practice on some scrap wood. Also, please use caution when cutting the pieces. Since they are rather small, your hands may be quite close to the the blade. Also, be sure to wear proper safety gear should any splinters fly off from the saw.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

The pieces will end up going together like a picture frame. That means you’ll need to make two 45 degree cuts into each piece. Both cuts will be angled toward the back as seen in the picture below.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Once all of the cuts are made, use a sander or sandpaper to smooth any rough surfaces. Now we are ready to assemble.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Since these are basically just going to be holding pencils I’m only using wood glue to keep them together. If you prefer, you could use some finishing nails as well. Before adding any glue, put your boxes together to get the best fit. There will be some gaps, but we will fill those in later with wood putty.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Try your wood pieces in various combinations until you like how they fit together.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Once you’re happy with the fit, apply wood glue. I’m using this Gorilla wood glue because I’ve had luck with it in the past. Once everything is glued together, put rubber bands around the completed boxes to keep everything secured while drying.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

After everything is dry, using a pencil, trace the opening in the bottom onto a scrap piece of wood. Then, using your miter saw cut it out. Apply a little more wood glue and place it in the bottom of your box.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

When that is dry, remove you rubber bands and apply wood putty to any gaps or cracks. Allow to dry; then sand. Repeat this step if necessary for any additional areas that need to be filled. Now your pencil holders are ready for paint.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Since it’s a little too cold outside in my area for spray paint, I decided to use some leftover paint from my DIY Bulletin Board.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

It took about three coats to get nice even coverage.

Once the paint was dry, I added a few felt pads to the bottom to protect any surfaces the pencil holder will be placed on.

And there you have it friends, some colorful and modern pencil holders.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Clearly Sharpies are my writing instrument of choice. I can’t get enough of them. Knowing I have a nice little collection here will keep my from wasting time searching drawers to find one. Part of my goals for this year is to simplify and get organized. Though small, I’m thinking this is a pretty good first step.

 

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

Plus, I love that these are cute, custom, and original. You can have fun with the paint and patterns to suit your space.

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

What do you think?

DIY Pencil Holders | Inspired by Charm

And don’t forget, for even more ideas, visit Lowes Creative Ideas. You can also sign up to receive their free Creative Ideas Magazine, which is loaded with inspiration! There’s even a magazine app so you can have inspiration on the go! And, don’t forget to follow Lowe’s on Pinterest and Instagram!

This post was created as part of my collaboration with the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network (along with some other fantastic bloggers).  As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.

  1. What a pretty pencil holder. I am too scared to use a miter saw though. Never held one before. Anyway, I like your calendar. Did you make that one or you bought it from somewhere. I am thinking of putting one on my daughter’s room. Thanks.

    • Thanks Caroline. I’m a horrible organizer, but I’m learning to use my calendar more.

      xo Michael

  2. Love how these holders turned out! going to have to ask my Dad to help me with the mitre saw; never used one yet.

    • Thanks! Yes – it’s best to ask for help for have him teach you. It’s a great skill to have.

      xo Michael

  3. Weird question of the week – is that your handwriting on the post-its? Just asking because I started writing like that back in college when I took drafting classes. Yes Dear it was that long ago which makes me old enough to be your mom or grandma. I get a lot of comments about it & glad to see the tradition goes on.

  4. Funny–I have a bunch of these molding pieces I bought years and years ago for a project that never got made. I love that I now have something to use them for! As soon as I get brave enough to use a miter saw I’m going for it.

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