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A personalized pen holder you can make dad for a desk reminder of how much you love him. This is a guide about making a dressed up pen holder for Father's Day.
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June 6, 2018

I found a roll of DC-fix self-adhesive vinyl cover stacked in the back of a drawer. It had a blue and yellow tartan pattern, with small red dots. I thought of using this for a Father's Day gift. I decided to make a pen holder, using an old tin can. The tin can was dressed up to look as if it was wearing a formal shirt and tie.

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: one DIY gift for Father's Day

Supplies:

  • empty tin can
  • patterned DC-fix self-adhesive vinyl cover
  • red felt
  • dark blue felt
  • three small matching buttons
  • short pencil
  • 0.5 in wide blue satin ribbon
  • needle and dark blue thread
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • standard scissors
  • pencil sharpener

Steps:

  1. Remove the tin can's label. Wash and clean the can and allow to dry thoroughly. An empty can that contained crushed pineapple works well for this project.
  2. Measure the distance between the upper and lower lips of the can. Also measure the can's circumference. Draw a strip matching the can's size on the DC-fix. Cut out the DC-fix strip and wrap it around the can, making sure that there are no air pockets that would leave nasty bubbles on the covered can.
  3. Glue a piece of ribbon where the two sides of the DC-fix overlap.
  4. Glue the three buttons to the ribbon.
  5. Cut a 0.6" wide rectangle from the red felt that would wrap 2/3s around the can and glue it to the top of the can. This will be the collar back of the shirt.
  6. Cut two triangles from the red felt and glue them to the can to finish the collar.
  7. Cut a pocket from the red felt and glue it to the can. Do not glue it down completely ~ add glue to the sides and bottom, but do not add glue to the top of the pocket.
  8. If necessary, use the pencil sharpener to further shorten the pencil. Glue the pencil to the pocket.
  9. Cut two small red felt strips and glue them on the sides of the pocket to add a neat finish to the pocket.
  10. Cut a tie and small circle from the blue felt. Add a zig-zag fold to the top of the tie and use the needle and thread to secure. Wrap the small blue felt circle around the tie and use the needle and thread to secure. When finished, it must look as if the tie has been knotted.
  11. Glue the tie in place and voila!
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