diy: tin can pencil + note holder

whoa, it’s been a while since i’ve blogged. just when i get into the habit, life comes along and acts all hectic. i’ve been sitting on this diy post for over a month now- my new job is keeping me busy, busy!

speaking of jobs, i wanted to do something nice for my coworkers when i left my old job. they threw me a lovely going away party and made me the perfect gift. i wracked my brain- and the internet- trying to decide on something that was crafty, functional, and that i could make in bulk. i finally decided to make pencil holders out of tin cans and cork board.

here’s what you need to make some, too:

  • tin cans. i ate lots of canned veggies for a few weeks. my coworkers also helped me out, though i wouldn’t tell them why they were bringing me cans.
  • spray paint
  • roll of cork (i got it at michaels)
  • hot glue
  • scissors

for the pushpins you’ll need:

  • thumb tacks
  • assorted fabric
  • felt
  • needle
  • thread
  • hot glue or fabric glue

and here’s how i did it (sorry about the lack of pictures. not sure why i didn’t take many, or if i did take them, i don’t know what happened to them; it’s such an easy project though- i have faith in you!):

first, spray paint the bottom of the cans and let them dry completely. i used a couple of coats of paint.

when dry, turn the cans over and paint the inside of the cans and the rim. i ended up painting the whole outside, but this isn’t necessary since you’ll be covering it.

cut out pieces of the cork roll that are the same height as your can. glue one end to the can and then start wrapping the cork. i wrapped two to three times around because the cork was so thin. otherwise, the pushpins fell right out. glue the end down and voila- you’ve got yourself a pencil holder!

i wanted to make the pencil holders a little more special, so i decided to make fabric pushpins as well. for some of them i made tiny rosettes (my rosette diy is here) and for the others i made pinwheels according to blair’s instruction (the first few of these i attempted were disasters. props to you, blair). after i had completed a whooole bunch of them, i cut out little circles of felt, popped a thumb tack through them, and then glued the felt to the backs of the rosettes/pinwheels. i swear i took pictures of this process but they are nowhere to be found (huh).

what a cute way to keep both your pencils and your notes-to-self organized! are there any other diy office supplies i should know about?

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One Comment on “diy: tin can pencil + note holder”

  1. very cute! I love the colors you chose. I bet everyone loved them!

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