Best of 2008 – 2. Repurposed Pencil Holder

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Making Over,Making Over

pencil holder

Recently I remodeled a cardboard food container into a pencil holder – an easy and fun project for all ages and spaces. I noticed that my night stand was constantly cluttered with pens/pencils, scraps of paper, etc and I wanted to organize that in a way that would fit the color scheme and theme of our bedroom. Most kids’ rooms could use some clutter control – this is a great way to manage clutter of all kinds, not just writing materials.

I reused an empty food container (it was a container of bread crumbs that I got from Walmart, the perfect shape for a pencil holder. Peanut containers work great too.) by covering it with scrapbooking paper that matched our bedroom color scheme. I used PVA, a bookbinding glue, to adhere the paper to the cardboard, but I assume regular or craft glue, or even double sided tape would do the job just as well.

This is a great little organization idea, to cover cardboard containers, like cereal boxes and other food containers, with decorative paper. This simple project has really cleaned up my nightstand and has added more color to our space.

If your kids’ rooms need help, involve them in the process by letting them choose the paper and cover the cardboard containers themselves. When kids are involved in the organizational process, the clutter is much more likely to be managed for the long term.

Happy Tidying!


1 Amy Jo January 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I love doing this project! I have a bunch of these in my craft room to hold supplies. I’ve even spray painted a few of them! I have to force myself to recycle some containers because I just really don’t need any more at this time. It’s such a satisfying project though!

2 Baba January 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I am using a cup from Starbucks for my pencils.

3 Megan @ Disorder2Order January 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I love doing this. Do you ever use modge podge or diamond glaze? Once you have “redesigned” you can coat with a little glaze… very sleek!

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4 Carolyn S March 9, 2009 at 11:21 am

I love this project! I cover lots of cans, etc for organization purposes, so pretty! In the newest Stampin Up Catalog, there is a little organization tower with cans that are stacked, 3 on the bottom, then 2, then 1. All paper covered and oh so cute. It is my next project. Check it out.

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