Introduction: Upcycled Pen/Pencil Holder ....

About: My husband calls me a Maker. My colleagues and students call me a great Creator from the kitchen. My family calls me Handy. My friends call me a great Innovator using upcyled materials. I call myself Lesa, I e…

At the Outreach High school where I work, it killed me to see coffee mugs being used as pencil/pen holders. So I went on a hunt to find something reusable for a pen/pencil holder. This is what I came up with.


1. Clean tin cans, different sizes
2. Hot glue gun
3. Glue sticks for a hot glue gun
4. Scissors
5. Sharpie or pen
6. Jute rope, string, cork, flat beads, fabric, small Pom poms or anything else you would like to cover your tin can with.

*Tip - Buttons do not seem to work to well all there is a bit of a bump to them.

Step 1: Jute Rope Tin

1. Plug in your hot glue gun. I have mine in an old loaf tin to catch any excess drips. It is a good idea to place a piece of card board underneath your hot gun. Not paper as they will stick.
2. Wait until your hot glue is heated up. Be very careful not to burn yourself.
3. Start at the bottom of your tin.
4. Place a little strip of glue along the bottom of the tin - not all the way around as the glue will cool too quickly.
5. Carefully place the end of the rope in the glue and press gently.
6. Continue all the way up the tin until it is fully covered.

Step 2: Cork Tin

1. Assuming your hot glue gun is already warm, place a line of glue from the top of your tin to the bottom of your tin.
2. Now carefully place the cork down and press.
3. Continue all the way around the tin can until u come to the other edge.
4. Instead of opening up a new pack of cork for 1 piece, I chose to fill the gap in with these pearls that I had.
5. Be creative with your tin cans, they are a great accessory to any home office.

Step 3: Fabric Tin

1. Before you glue you need to cut the fabric down to size.
2. Turn the fabric so the pattern is on the counter.
3. Lay the tin can on one of the edges of the fabric.
4. Using either a sharpie or pen mark the top of the tin all the way along the fabric.
5. Using a pair of scissors, cut out the fabric following the lines.
6. Using the hot glue gun, place a strip of glue on the tin can from the top to the bottom.
7. Place the fabric on top of the glue and press down gently.
8. Continue placing glue onto the tin can about every inch or so.
9. When you go to press the fabric down it will be warm due to the glue, be careful not to burn yourself in case any glue comes out of the edges.

Step 4: Fill Your Tins

Now that your tins are complete you can fill them with all of your writing supplies.

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