Introduction: 5-Minute Wall Pencil Holder

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Here's a quick way I came up with to have pencils and pens readily available in different places throughout the house.

Step 1: Materials

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Rectangular Eraser

Xacto Knife

Pencil, pen (small diameter works best given the dimensions of standard erasers)


3M Foam-backed Removable Adhesive Mounting Squares


Optional: Lightweight ruler or letter opener

Step 2: Cut Grooves in the Eraser

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Cut grooves in the eraser with the Xacto knife – they will hold the pencil and pen.  You can also cut an optional slice to hold a small lightweight ruler or letter opener.

Step 3: Apply the Removable Adhesive Mounting Squares

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Remove one side of the liner tape of the 3M foam-backed Removable Adhesive Mounting Squares and apply it to the back (i.e., smooth, uncut side) of the eraser.  Make sure to cover the entire back of the eraser and then trim the adhesive squares as necessary    Use a fingernail, Xacto knife etc. to press/score the adhesive squares firmly against the eraser – since this is a removable adhesive, we want to make sure that it is securely adhered to the eraser.

Step 4: Firmly Press Pencil Holder Onto the Wall

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Remove the remaining liner tape from the 3M foam-backed Removable Adhesive Mounting Squares and press the eraser firmly against the wall near your desk, workbench, kitchen or on the dashboard of your car.

Step 5: Use Your New Pencil Holder!

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Place pen and/or pencils in (and optional ruler/letter opener).  Use pushpin to stick on small note.


bobcat1947 (author)2012-11-16

....been looking for a way to hold an Ipad / phone stylus pen (rubber tipped type) in a convenient place in my car. This gives me a great idea to adapt to. Thank you for posting.

timesignatures (author)2012-10-24

What a great idea! Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most elegant. I'm making a bunch for home and my workshop. In the shop, I've made some with the self-adhesive magnetic material on the back, so they stick to the big power tools (and the fridge!)

jodiwer (author)2012-10-08

Great idea - perfect timing. I was just trying to think of a way to attach the cords for my phone and headset charger to my bedside table so the ends are handy to plug then in and charge over night. Perfect use for the eraser I never use but couldn't toss. Thanks

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mole1 (author)2012-10-07

Brilliant! Minimalist, elegant! Won't tip over!
Let's for the fridge, one for the freezer, one by the phone, one by....

letstormdufield (author)mole12012-10-07

...the computer, one on the stove, one in every cabinet, one on every door, one on the toaster, one on the mantel, one on the laptop, one on the cell phone, one on the dashboard, one under the hood, one in the trunk, one in the suitcase...

rob2024 (author)2012-10-07

many thanks - this is brilliant, must be one of the most useful Instructables ever, they will soon be all over my office, kitchen and in the car too

capricorn (author)2012-10-05

Easy, practical, clever, two steps away from you and cheap. This is one of my favourites.

thank you for sharing :)

totallyc (author)2012-10-04

That's clever!

wild_geese (author)totallyc2012-10-04

Thanks! It was fun to make.

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