Recycled Butter Boxes Used as Pencil Holders

I take the cardboard boxes that hold the 4 sticks of butter and turn them into useful and pretty pencil and graft supply holders.


Total Time: 30 minutes



  1. I lay a piece of contact paper, backing side up, and place an open butter box with the printed side down and trace all around, leaving a very small edge to cut on.
  2. I cut out the contact paper, and making sure that the butter box is flat with printed side up to be covered; you can place small weights to keep it flat (a couple of spools of thread would work).
  3. Peel some of the backing paper down and carefully place the contact paper on top of the box, smooth it down so there are no wrinkles or air bubbles.
  4. Next, refold the butter box back into shape with the white inside and the contact paper on the outside.
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  6. When refolding leave one end open by folding the ends down inside. You can add some glue if the sides do not fold down easily. Secure with paper clips.
  7. Overlap the long sides neatly and glue or use transparent tape to secure the sides. If using glue hold in place on either end with paper clips. When the sides are secure, either the glue has dried or you used the tape method, fold over the bottom and either glue or tape into place. Stand upright.
  8. You can use any type contact paper or even gift wrapping, but with the wrapping paper you will have to glue all of it down securely. You can then add your supplies - pens, pencils, small scissors, paint brushes, etc. If you wish you could even secure the holders to your wall or cabinet with thumbtacks.

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