How to Make a Wooden Pencil Holder

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Pens and pencils have a way of being hard to find when you need them. Then when you don't need one they seem to make a mess of a drawer or desktop. Keep your pens and pencils organised with a wooden holder. Make your own wooden holder to fit in with the decor of the room by choosing a shape, paint colour and embellishments that will suit the pre-existing decor.

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Things you need

  • 2-inch thick piece of wood
  • Pencil
  • Protective eye wear
  • Scroll saw
  • Drill
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Embellishments such as ribbon or buttons (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw the shape that you would like for your pencil holder on your piece of wood. One edge of your shape needs to be flat so the shape will stand up on a counter or table.

  2. 2

    Put your protective eye wear on.

  3. 3

    Cut your shape out on a scroll saw. Set the shape on your work surface in the position you will set it on your table or counter.

  4. 4

    Drill holes a couple of inches deep in the top of your shape with a 3/8-inch drill bit. Each hole will hold a pen or pencil.

  5. 5

    Sand the whole shape to remove any rough edges that may be left from the cutting or drilling.

  6. 6

    Paint the shape. Allow each coat to dry before adding another if multiple coats are required to get good coverage.

  7. 7

    Add any embellishments that you would like. Attach ribbon, buttons or other embellishments with hot glue.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep you fingers out of the way of the scroll saw and always keep protective eye wear on when sawing and drilling to protect your eyes from stray bits of wood.

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