Absolutely Invisible Pencil Cup Compartment

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Introduction: Absolutely Invisible Pencil Cup Compartment

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When I was thinking of cool things I could build to enter in the secret doors/compartments contest, I was also thinking about how I never use all the colored pencils that sit on my desk. But then, inspiration struck!

Step 1: What You Need...

The supplies for this project are pretty simple:

-Crappy pencils/pens
WARNING: DO NOT USE EXPENSIVE LOOKING PENS WHICH MAY DRAW ATTENTION TO THE SAFE! (you would think that would be obvious...)
-Sturdy cardboard
-Razor blade or other sharp knife
-Cup (duh)
-Actual working pens (optional)
-Scissors (optional)
-Hot glue gun
-Glue (optional... NOT)
-Cutting board (only optional if you have an expensive table)

Step 2: Measuring the Amount of Pencils

Fill your cup slightly less than halfway with pencils (if you want the thing to hold REAL writing implements, too). Otherwise, fill it exactly halfway.

Step 3: Cut Your Pencils

Cut each pencil approximately in half. To do this, dig the razor blade or knife into one side, then snap the pencil with your hands. You can leave the ends a bit rough, because it helps the glue to adhere.

Step 4: Cut Your Cardboard

This is by far the hardest step (:P) so pay close attention. Trace the top of your cup onto the cardboard. Then trace the bottom of the cup inside the first circle. Choose a circle somewhere in between the rim and the base sizes, and cut the cardboard on the line in between those original two. (If you want to use this to hold actual writing implements, cut a small wedge in one side of the final cutout.)

Step 5: The Fun Part...

Now, take your pencils and the hot glue gun, and put a bead of glue on the CUT end of a pencil. Place this pencil on the cardboard. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Get the idea? NOTE: Do not place two halves of the same pencil next to each other! This will arouse suspicion pretty quickly.

Step 6: Finished!

That's it! Place the false top on your cup and stash whatever you want to hide! I added a bunch of nice pictures for you guys...

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    I made it without a hole for good pencils and it looks even more real!

    I know I am. Thank you very much! :P

    I have more pencils with the leads out than I can count and should even bother keeping cause as soon as I sharpen them the lead falls out again. This would be a great use for them. I saw the shape of the cut out and at first wondered then realized that since I only use a couple of actually good pencils that the cut out was for those working pencils so the pencil cup is not just a junky desk safe and unsuable. I'll put my really nice pens and pencils in that cut out section, something that made me think: with all my bad pencils, sometimes I reach for a stupid bad pencil from the middle without thinking, so maybe I could leave colored pencil or two loose in the middle of the glued one so it still has the moving about effect of when you pull out one pencil and the others jostle.

    I'm really glad you like it! The loose pencils in the middle are a great idea!