Create a fun and unique pencil holder for your desk or craft area! This craft uses scrapbook paper, chipboard and upcycled Cricut Vinyl tubes.
Earlier this summer I created a Hungry Caterpillar marker holder for my kids. They have loved using it and can easily carry it from one place to another – where-ever they are coloring. Well, I decided I wanted one too! I’m so excited with the DIY Pencil Holder I created and love how much color it brings to my craft area.
I designed a pencil SVG for this holder and created it using scrapbook paper, chipboard and old Cricut Vinyl tubes. The Cricut Vinyl tubes are perfect for upcycled projects because they are thicker and sturdier than paper towel rolls.
All of the colored scrapbook paper I used is from Core’dinations. It was the perfect paper to use for this since I wanted a solid and patterned sheet of paper for each colored pencil. I found mine in the open stock paper section at JoAnn Fabrics during one of their paper sales.
The SVG cut file I created for this project is part of a new SVG bundle I have in my Etsy shop. I’m calling it a Create 4 Bundle because the listing includes one SVG file and instructions for making four different projects with it. After designing an SVG for one project, I almost always find other uses for it or ways to tweak it slightly to make something new. I think this Create 4 Bundle is a perfect way to showcase the SVG and I hope you’ll like the idea!
Below are the instructions for creating and assembling this DIY Pencil Holder. The tubes are all set on a piece of wood making the entire thing really sturdy and easy to move around.
Supplies Needed for DIY Pencil Holder
- SVG Cut File – Pencil Create 4 Bundle
- Cutting Machine – I used my Cricut Explore
- Wooden board – I bought a 2″ x 36″ board from JoAnn’s and cut it down to 2″ x 18.25″
- 4 Cricut Vinyl Tubes
- Scrapbook paper: One solid and one patterned in 11 colors (white, gray, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, brown)
- Paint in all 11 colors
- Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape, Super Glue and hot glue
- Craft knife and self-healing mat
- Pencil and ruler
- Paper trimmer and/or scissors
Step One: Cut the Cricut Vinyl tubes into 3 parts each 4″ long. The Cricut tubes should all be 12″. Mark with a pencil and then cut carefully with a craft knife.
Step Two: Paint the top and inside of each tube with paint.
Once dry, wrap each tube in the patterned piece of paper for each color. I used Scor-Tape to adhere the paper to the tube, but you could also use glue. Trim any paper that hangs over the tube.
Below you can see all of my tubes painted and wrapped!
Step Three: Use the SVG cut file to cut all of the pieces for the colored pencils. Cut the large pieces (the two pieces in the SVG cut file that are black) out of both chipboard and cream paper. Glue the cream paper to the chip board.
Cut and adhere the rest of the pieces to create the 11 colored pencils.
Step Four: Lay the colored pencil pieces next to the wooden board and mark each pencil. This will be a guide for where to glue the tubes so that the tubes line up with the pencils. I painted my piece of wood white after trimming it to size. My board was cut to be 18.25″
I pressed carefully on my tubes to make them a bit more oblong instead of circular – this way they fit perfectly into the marks I made on my wooden board. I marked the sections on my wooden board so I wouldn’t get confused on which tube went where and then attached them using hot glue. I started in the middle with the yellow tube using hot glue around the bottom of the tube. For the next tube, I put hot glue on the side and bottom so the tubes are all attached to each other and to the board.
*Be sure to position your tubes so they are against the back edge of the board. This way you will have space in the front of them to attach the colored pencils. Place tubes so the seams of the paper are hidden by the next tube. The two tubes on the ends – white and brown, should have their paper seams facing in so they aren’t visible.
Step Five: Time to glue the colored pencils in place. I used Super Glue for this step and put glue along the bottom of my colored pencils and also a strip of glue on the front of each tube.
*If you there isn’t room on your board for the colored pencils to sit you could always glue them to the front of the board.
The pencil holder is complete and ready to be filled!!
My pencil holder is super sturdy and I can move it around which is really handy.