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Unique Pencil Holders

Look around your house, thrift store, or yard sale and you can find many unique options to buying a pencil holder. This is a guide about unique pencil holders.


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By 6 found this helpful
March 26, 2012

I have several of these glass flower frogs that I picked up at garage sales and thrift stores. When they aren't doing bouquet duty at the bottom of a vase (they are meant to hold your flowers in place), I use them to hold pens and pencils on my desk. A lot prettier than the old coffee mug I used before.

Source: Seen on more than one crafty blog.

By ~gloria from Upstate NY

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By 1 found this helpful
December 7, 2007

Here is a cute idea I made for my children's teachers. This can be used as a vase for fresh cut flowers (or even an artificial bouquet) or even as a pencil/pen container.


I found some straight sided glass jars as the thrift store for 15 cents each. I bought (2) 24 ct. packages of the 97 cent papermate wooden pencils at Wal-mart and hot glued them all around the jar. Then I attached a ribbon and bow (again with hot glue) and some miniature tree teacher/school ornaments (bought at Hobby Lobby during the 50% off sale) and voila! Pretty gifts for the teachers at around $5 each!

You could use a different ribbon and decorations and it would also be nice for co-workers in an office setting!

By Renee from Dickinson, TX

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By 2 found this helpful
February 28, 2010

Felt pencil holders in the shape of a shoe and a boot.

Approximate Time: An hour or more



Click Here to download the Ladies Shoe Template in PDF format.

Click Here to download the Coyboy Boot Template in PDF format.


For Her Shoe:

Print out the template as shown. Finished shoe is approximately 9 inches high.

Using template A, cut one shoe out of cardboard for the backing and one out of felt.

Glue felt piece to cardboard. Cut a button flap C from this same colored felt and punch holes in each scallop with a hole punch.

Using template B, cut another shoe that is one quarter inch smaller than the first one from a contrasting piece of felt. On the wrong side of this piece, carefully spread about one half inch of glue all around the edges except across the top. Center carefully over first shoe and press in place.


Glue button flap along front edge of shoe. Let dry thoroughly. Make a ribbon loop on the back for hanging.

For His Cowboy Boot: Using template A, cut one piece from cardboard. Cut one piece of A and one piece B from dark felt. Cut B and C pieces from light felt.

Place light B piece over dark piece B and top stitch along top of B piece.

Using a meandering type of pattern, make decorative stitching on top half of boot to resemble leather work.

Sew B and C pieces to A piece, except along top edge. Glue felt boot to cardboard backing.

Make ribbon loop on back for hanging.

By Preserver from Manitoba

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Harlean Greathouse2 found this helpful
April 7, 2008

Spray the can with the flesh color paint. Let dry. Add features to face with Sharpies, using picture as a guide.


Start eyes about 1-1/2 inches from top of can and leave room for the bow tie at the base.

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By 1 found this helpful
April 5, 2006

If you get tired of pencil tips breaking and ink pen tips getting messed up in your pencil holder, try this: get a cheap cleaning sponge from the dollar store and cut it to fit in the bottom of your pencil holder

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March 19, 20070 found this helpful

Recently, I took one old oil container, wrapped it with a beautiful coloured paper and decorated it with flowers, glitter and other pretty things. Now my pencil holder is ready.

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January 12, 2012

This is a craft that recycles wrapping paper from Christmas and a glass jar.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 22, 2008

I am wanting to make a pencil holder out of a canned goods can. How can I get the smell of stewed tomatoes out?

Keri from Boone, NC


July 22, 20080 found this helpful

Fill with water and a few spoonfuls of vinegar. Let soak a few hours.

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July 22, 20080 found this helpful

After you clean it out with the vinegar, cut out a circle shape of it from a dryer sheet and glue it in, gives a great smell.

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By Shari (Guest Post)
July 22, 20080 found this helpful

Baking soda is great but if you add white vinegar to it it will clean and deodorize it very quickly. Just don't forget to wash it out afterwards.

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By Ker (Guest Post)
July 23, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks everyone! I'm new to making crafts and very excited about my new crafting hobbies!

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By Joyous (Guest Post)
July 24, 20080 found this helpful

I find that putting a good dose of baking soda (anywhere from a tablespoon for small container to 1/2 cup or more for a larger container) into any container, filling it up with water, shaking (or stirring) ... and leaving it for a day or two (repeat shake-up or stirring every few hours) does wonders at removing any odor (even plastic bottles).

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February 14, 20160 found this helpful

Try putting it in the freezer for 2-3 days. I know it works for plastic items but haven't tried it on cans.

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