Instructables

Pimped-Out Pencil & Photo Holder

Picture of Pimped-Out Pencil & Photo Holder
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\office contest\side-angle.jpg
This modern looking marvel is both functional and fashionable, and it's super-easy to make! This project will only take a minute - unless of course you're trying to avoid doing actual work at the office, in which case you can spend hours looking through photos to find just the right ones to display...
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Raid the office supply room

Picture of Raid the office supply room
You will need 8 medium size binder clips (measuring the black metal clip, the ones I used were 1 and a quarter inches wide)and 4 rubberbands. That's it.

Though if I were you I'd grab a handful of those fancy, expensive pens while at it...

Step 2: Arrange the clips

Picture of Arrange the clips
Take the 8 clips and pull the metal handles back, so they rest on the black metal clip (as shown). Now on their sides, arrange them into a circle. The shape will look more like a flower, and may not be a 'perfect' circle, but get as close to it as you can.

Step 3: Slap it all together

Picture of Slap it all together
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\office contest\rubberband-closeup.jpg
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\office contest\overhead.jpg
In order to enforce the shape and provide stability to the holder, you're going to need to bring in rubberbands. No need for duct tape here! ;)

With your flower-looking shape laid-out and ready, take two rubberbands (two is always better then one...) and stretch them out between four fingers, as shown. You want to make sure to stretch them out larger then the circumference of the clips. This will allow you to drop them down, over the black clips in one smooth motion. You want to be able to quickly release the rubberbands so they contact the clips at once - other wise your shape will not stay in tact.

Now carefully flip it. Take the remaining two rubberbands and reinforce this side as well.

Step 4: Add pencils and pens

Picture of Add pencils and pens
Uh, this one's pretty simple... I filled mine with matching black pencils for a modern, minimal look, but it'd probably look great with different colors too. :)

Step 5: Add photos

Picture of Add photos
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\office contest\photo-support.jpg
Time for the creative fun! Placing them in between the hands of silver metal, add photos, postcards, notes - whatever you'd like.
so simple and so genius, those are the best ideas!
This Rocks!
tayatipoop3 years ago
i have the same pencle
bass girl3 years ago
i love this idea... i am deffanlitly puting one in my locker at school, for when i loose all of my other pens/pencils
inquisitive6 years ago
Very nice! Can't wait to "requisition" supplies! I also am hooked on this site,
jonathan1116 years ago
thank you alot!!! mine came out great. hint: when your making it, it is easy to put a glue stick or highlighter in the center.
jde8247 years ago
This is so cool!!! I made one at work today and am already getting compliments. I gave you props though.
crzyns7 years ago
Simple, but totally awsome!!!!
njpavey7 years ago
Craftastic! My vote just bumped you up to 6. Nice!
sonja with a j (author) 7 years ago
Awwww, shucks y'all. Thanks for the love everyone... This is my first week on here and I'm loving it so far - such a creative, encouraging community!
Browncoat7 years ago
Spiffy!!
punch997 years ago
cute, luvs it!
punch997 years ago
cool, luvs it!
sonja with a j (author) 7 years ago
Thanks! Las Vegas, I never knew about that site, which will now be a very cool resource for me... :)
Pretty Cool but I don't think that this has any thing to do with a man that over sees the business of prostitution.
pimped (3) - To go all out on in a fashion manner.
Urban Dictionary