Drab Food Container To Decorative 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) 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 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 Melissa @ Breath of Life March 20, 2008 at 7:18 am

Cute idea!

2 amy March 20, 2008 at 8:59 am

I love this idea and will use it in my girls’ room! Thanks

3 Cheryl Ee August 20, 2008 at 5:24 am

I am impressed by this pencil holder…:)
I will use it.. But may I know where 2 buy it??

4 Kim R. August 28, 2008 at 7:09 am

I love this idea. Homemade projects can be made to match any decor – and they are one of a kind.

5 Marjorie Jumisco April 1, 2009 at 9:45 am

I have 2 pencil etc holders from this lovely project. Wonderful idea.
Thanks much

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