Hi Roadies, this is Jody and I am soaking up the last few weeks of summer before my 6 kids start back to school. Needless to say, I have lots of school supplies to buy and new shoes to shop for before the alarm goes off for the first time this fall and school officially begins! I have always had a love of fresh office and school supplies. I have passed on that love to a couple of my kids and enjoyed making a simple project to be kept in a locker or placed on their desk at home for when the homework starts piling up again. But let's not think about that just yet. Let's think about making a cute and simple pencil holder instead!
I love to re-use and upcycle containers for projects like this- this container was from drink mixes and it is perfectly clean inside when the pouches of mix are used up. It makes the perfect size holder for several pencils, pens, markers, scissor and other craft or drawing utensils. This one happens to be rectangular and has a lid, so it is easy to cover and you can use the lid if you wanted to do so too. I chose to skip it and decorate the edge of the cup, and the lid would no longer be needed.
As you can see it is a fairly straightforward and simple project. Your kids can help with this and it's fun when they choose the paper for the base and other embellishments to make it personal to their liking. This one even looks adorable in my scrap space for now. One more reason to wish that summer would never end!
I used a cute, polka-dot paper and adhered it with some fast-drying tacky glue by Beacon Adhesives. It simply cut the paper down to size- leaving it a bit longer so that it would overlap on the back and cover the plastic container entirely. The next step was to add some vintage lace trim. I just love that it is already to go with the adehsive backing. Just peel and stick and trim it once you wrap it around the top lip and bottom edge. So fast and it adds such a touch of charm too! I can't get enough of the resin deer, so I put some foam tape on the back of that sweet doe and she topped off a coral label sticker, kraft ticket and tiny doily transparency. I used foam tape and the wooden heart button worked perfect along with an aqua paper clip and then it was ready for some new pencils!
This kind of project is so fun to make as a teacher gift too. Fill it up with chocolates and you are sure to gain a friend in your child's teacher beginning from day one! Have fun for the rest of your summer break if you are one on, and if not, I hope all of you enjoy some scrapping and crafting this time of year as well!