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Craft pencil holders for kids: DIY ideas with household items

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For the first day of school, the desk should also be equipped with all the necessary. We offer several ideas how to make a pencil holder for children. The cheerful colors are guaranteed to put you in a good mood and make you want to write and paint. At the same time, all the painting and writing utensils are clearly organized and are not in the way when they are not in use.

Craft pen holders for kids: DIY ideas from toilet paper rolls

Pen holder from loo rolls itself make instruction

The first idea can be realized quickly and easily. You only need several toilet paper rolls , colorful clay cardboard and adhesive stickers with cheerful faces. As accessories you should still have a cutter knife and glue for paper.

DIY instructions:

1.Cut the toilet paper rolls.

2. stick colored paper on them.

3. attach the glue stickers.

4. glue all four pen holders together.

5. Optional: glue the pencil holders to a wooden or porcelain coaster (available in craft stores).

Craft pencil holders for kids: Caterpillar glutton out of toilet paper rolls.

Pen holder tinker caterpillar Nimmersatt guidance from toilet paper rolls

The next craft project was inspired by the children’s book “Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt”. Because in the caterpillar made of toilet paper rolls, pencils, scissors, ruler and Co. find a place.

Pen holder DIY from toilet paper rolls caterpillar glutton

Necessary materials:

  • 5 toilet paper rolls
  • Clay paper in green, orange, red, yellow, purple and blue
  • A black pen
  • Paper glue
  • Scissors


1.Cut the toilet paper rolls to size and glue them with clay paper.

2. draw the mouth of the caterpillar and make the eye glasses and the caterpillar hands.

3. make a “book” and assemble the pencil holder.

Craft pencil holder for girls: Unicorn

Pen holder for girls itself tinker with children

Looking for gift ideas for first graders? Then you can choose a pencil holder made of old tin. With the right decoration, you can turn it into a unicorn .

Pen holder tinker girl from tins unicorn make itself

You will need the following materials for your DIY project:

  • A metal can (well cleaned and with sanded edges).
  • white and pink colored paper
  • glitter paper in gold
  • paper flowers (from the craft store)
  • a black marker
  • a pair of scissors
  • glue

DIY instructions:

1. cover the tin with white colored paper.

2. draw the eyes with the black marker, cut out two circles of pink colored paper for the cheeks and attach them. Decorate with the paper flowers.

Cut out the horn from glitter paper and glue it.

4. fill the box with beautiful pens and pencils.

Craft pencil holder for girls: Template

Pen holder craft from old cans upcycling idea

Another variant is to print out the attached template, paint it as you like and stick it on the can. The easiest way to do this is to use self-adhesive paper.

Pencil holder from old cans make yourself unicorn and pencils on cans paint template

You can then paint the motifs as you like using watercolors and crayons. Or you can assign the task to the children. They will certainly be happy about it.

Alternatively, you can also create a collage. For this purpose, simply draw different motifs on a sheet of paper freehand.

Craft pencil holder: DIY project according to Montessori

Pencil holder for children craft upcycling from old jam jars

Toddlers are still learning to keep things in order. Small objects such as pencils, rulers and Co. often get lost. Or they desperately search for their favorite color. With a homemade Montessori pencil holder, school children learn to organize their crayons by color.

Make your own pencil holder from old jam jars

The basic principle is quite simple: several containers are placed next to each other. Each container has a different color. In this way, the children learn quickly and easily that the pencils in shades of pink and pink belong in the pink container.

For the containers, you can use cans, preserving jars or even new disposable cups. These are then attached to a solid surface (for example, a wooden strip) with nails, screws or glue.

Pencil holder tinker after Montessori guidance

This method promotes concentration skills and color teaching. The children learn new nuances of a color and can match them.

Pencil holder after Montessori make yourself instruction

You can paint the cans, the jam jars or the baby jars with acrylic paints. When arranging the colors, you can use the order of the rainbow colors as a guide:

  • Black (missing from the rainbow, you should add it anyway as there are many pens, markers and pencils in this color).
  • Purple
  • Dark blue
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red

Make your own pen holder: Minions from old bottles

Pencil holder tinker for children from old bottles instruction

The next DIY suggestion is for upcycled bottles. Small PET bottles are good for this. You will need the following materials:

  • PET bottles
  • black colored paper
  • water bottle lids (white)
  • yellow acrylic paint


1. paint the bottles yellow.

2.For the eyes: turn the lid over and glue a black circle of colored paper on its inside. Cut a strip of black colored paper and attach the eye to it. Glue the strip around the bottle.

3. draw the mouth.

Pen holder DIY from old bottles Minions tinker

These cute Minions are guaranteed to put a smile on your kids’ faces. Of course, you can come up with other designs and turn the bottles into cute animals or fairy tale creatures.

Make your own wooden pencil holder: Gift idea for the first day of school

Pencil holder craft yourself for first day of school from wood instructions

The first day of school is getting closer. Now is the right time to surprise the grandchild with a gift. Bought pencil holders look good, but homemade gifts are especially well received. Below we will explain how to make a wooden pencil holder yourself. You will need the following materials:

  • a wooden box (you can use a sorting box or a tissue box) from the craft store.
  • paper tape, 1 cm wide
  • white chalkboard paint
  • blue and red coloring paint or a blue and a red fineliner
  • a black fineliner
  • a paintbrush
  • crayons

Pencil holder self make from wood with washi tape paint first day of school

First, paint the wooden box with the white chalkboard paint and let it dry overnight. Then you have two options:

1. tape the wooden box with paper tape. Leave about 1 mm of space between each strip of tape. Then apply blue paint with a brush. Let the paint dry and remove the tape. Proceed similarly and draw a vertical red line. Then you can draw the circles with the marker. This way the wooden box will look like a lined sheet from a school notebook.

2. Alternatively, you can use fineliner and a ruler to draw the lines.

If you want to give the wooden pencil holder as a gift, then you can fill it with chalk pens. So the child will be able to write his task for the day on it. The gift is perfect for children in elementary school.

Craft pencil holder for kids: Hedgehog from wood

Pencil holder DIY for kids hedgehog wooden instructions

Next, we’ll explain how to make a cool hedgehog from wood, which at the same time will provide storage space for all pencils and pens, yourself. You will need the following materials and accessories:

  • a wooden egg from the craft shop
  • four large wooden beads for the legs
  • a small and darker wooden bead for the nose
  • wood drill and drill
  • hot glue
  • crayons

Pen holder make your own from wood egg hedgehog craft

DIY instructions:

  1. Attach the four wooden beads with the hot glue.
  2. Also glue the small wooden bead as the trunk.
  3. First drill two small holes for the eyes and then 6-10 holes for the crayons.
  4. Tip the crayons and stick them into the holes.

Pencil holder DIY: Rocket from old bottles.

Pencil holder itself tinker for children rocket from plastic bottles

You can make a creative pencil holder from old white PVC bottles. You will need the following materials and supplies for the craft project:

  • Construction paper in blue and red
  • three bottles (white) made of plastic
  • hot glue
  • a pair of scissors
  • a cutter knife
  • double-sided adhesive tape

Craft instructions:

1.Cut the two bottles in half crosswise with the cutter knife. You will only need the bottom halves.

2. Cut out the rocket top and the nozzles or fire from the red clay cardstock. For the rocket top, you will need a cone of red clay cardstock and for the fire, cut a 5 cm wide strip and cut their bottom edge.

3. For the rocket, use the third bottle. Attach the top and the fire and then you can still decorate or paint the rocket as you like.

4.Then glue the three bottles together, the rocket should be in the middle.

Craft pencil holder for kids: Paint canning jar

Old glasses like fruit paint ideas and instructions

If you want to make a pencil holder, then, of course, the plastic bottles are the best choice. Firstly, because you reuse them and not just throw them away. On the other hand, because the children can not hurt themselves. But sometimes you just don’t have any old bottles at home. In this case, you can also use plastic canning jars. These can be painted prima. So that the colors do not smear, you can use acrylic paints, waterproof markers or CD pens. To ensure that the colors adhere well, you can also use a special primer for plastic.  It is available in hardware stores. However, you should apply it only in a well-ventilated room, preferably outdoors, and let it dry.

Proceed as follows: Drill holes in the lids of the preserving jars. Apply a protective coat of primer. Then paint the preserving jars, including the lids, any way you like and let the paint dry overnight. The next day, use a pencil to paint the details such as the mouth and eyes.

A creative pen holder attracts attention and creates a cheerful mood at the desk. This makes writing and drawing really fun. Pens, crayons, scissors and ruler all have their place and the child can quickly find what he needs. A pen holder allows to quickly tidy up the desk and keep it in order. Therefore, it is a nice gift for the first day of school. Get inspired by DIY ideas and make a pencil holder!