Pegboard Pencil Cup




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In an ongoing effort to organize the tools on my pegboard, I wanted to add a pencil cup to hold writing utensils and other small tools. In this instructable I'll step you through how I took a plastic can and mounted it to my pegboard.

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Step 1: Getting Started - What You'll Need

What you'll need:
- A cup or can of some kind. In my case, I used an empty can of cake frosting. The label came off easily with some goo-gone, and it's just the right size
- A "pliers hanger" pegboard hook
- Drill (choose a drill bit slightly larger than the diameter of the pegboard hook wire)
- Pen/marker to mark holes
- Knife (optional)

Step 2: Making Holes

To hang the cup on the pegbard we must put the pegboard hook through the side of the cup. To do this we'll need two holes. Take your pegboard hook and mark out the necessary holes on the cup.

Drill out each hole using a drill bit slightly larger than the diameter of the pegboard hook. If necessary, you can clean up the edges of the holes with a knife.

Step 3: Stop Here If You Like...

At this point the hook can be inserted through the cup and hung on the pegboard, and we have a functional hanging cup. However, I didn't care for the prongs sticking out into the cup, so I decided to go a step further and modify the hook, which you'll see in the next step.

Step 4: Removing the Extra Hooks

Since I don't need the pliers hanger portion of the hook, and since it's only held on by a small weld, I decided to remove it.

I found the best way to "peel away" this hook was to use the force of a bench vise to do the job. By squeezing the unnecessary hooks in the vise, they become easier to separate from each other. At the end I was able to break them apart at the weld with a pliers.

Depending on how your hook was made, you may need to find a different way to modify it... hack saw, etc.

Step 5: Hang Up Your New Pegboard Pencil Cup

Just insert the hook through the holes in the cup and you're done!



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11 Discussions


1 year ago

I made this with a tea canister. Needed a little more height. Great Idea, Thanks!!


6 years ago

Thank you for the step by step !! Now I can repurpose dog food cans


7 years ago on Introduction

Great idea! I used two individual hangers and it moves too much and doesn't sit vertical on my peg board. I'll have to find the kind of hanger you used.

Phil B

8 years ago on Introduction

This is a good idea. I might try a tin can or cup. If I mistreat it, it will not crack, but I can bend it back into shape. Thanks.

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benbrandt22Phil B

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Definitely a good option. I happened to have the cake frosting jars left over from the kid's birthday cake-making, but a soup can or something like it would make a good durable alternative.


I keep all mine in a toolbox drawer, but this is an excellent idea nonetheless.


8 years ago on Introduction

Good idea, I always lost writing elements in the workshop.