How to Make a Pencil Holder Gift

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How to Make a Pencil Holder Gift
Give a handmade pencil holder as a gift. (a pen holder image by Gary from

Pens and pencils can create a mess on a desk or countertop. A handmade pencil holder is a useful and appreciated gift. Anyone from young children to adults can craft a pencil holder from a myriad of materials and to fit any decor, personality or occasion. Create an elegant stained-glass holder or a painted wooden holder. In addition, you can let the kids recycle some unused items to create memorable gifts. The best part of making a pencil holder craft is that all the materials are available at a craft store or even around your own house.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Section 1:
  • Heavy glass vase, 4 to 8 inches tall
  • Glass paint
  • Stained glass leading tube paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Graphite paper
  • Painting pattern
  • Pencil
  • Section 2:
  • Wooden plain pencil holder
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Section 3:
  • Recycled plastic or cardboard container
  • Permanent markers
  • Craft embellishments (optional)
  • Glue (optional)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paint brushes (optional)

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    Draw a design on plain paper or choose a printed pattern. Lay a piece of graphite paper, graphite side down, onto the glass surface. Place the pattern over the graphite paper. Use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the glass. Remove the pattern and graphite paper. Repeat the tracing process on other areas of the glass pencil holder, if desired.

  2. 2

    Paint the designs with glass paints. Use as many colours in the design as you wish. Allow the paint to dry.

  3. 3

    Outline and embellish the painted design on the glass with liquid lead-look paint. Use leading paints in tubes for best results.

  1. 1

    Transfer a pattern onto a wooden pencil holder using the procedure from Section 1, Step 1. Freehand draw a design or picture, if desired.

  2. 2

    Use acrylic craft paints to paint the design. Let the paint dry.

  3. 3

    Use dark-coloured permanent markers to outline the design or add a name or phrase, if desired.

  1. 1

    Clean a plastic, tin or cardboard container to use for a pencil holder. Some suggested items are plastic drink containers or cups, tin cans, cardboard toilet tissue tubes, tall gift boxes or square facial tissue boxes.

  2. 2

    Paint the container as desired, using acrylic craft paints. Let the paint dry.

  3. 3

    Use the container as is for a gift or add embellishments. Glue yarn scraps, ribbons, foam or paper cutouts or wooden craft shapes onto the pencil holder. Paint craft sticks and glue them around the entire surface of the container, if desired. Create a log cabin look with wooden craft sticks on a square box.

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