Friday, January 4, 2013

[Make] Cork Pencil Holder... with shiny polka dots!

The first project of the New Year!  And of course it has something to do with organization. Just like the next person, I'm trying to start 2013 off on the right foot.  And that means cleaning up the chaos that is my desk. I'll share more about my desk reorg later, but here's one of the projects that I have been working on-- a little pencil holder that I whipped together using supplies that I already have on-hand. Another goal of mine this year... to shop my own craft supplies before heading to the store. I have a craft store addiction, so we'll see how well that goes.  :)

it's called a pencil cup... but where are the pencils? :)

click "Read more" for the tutorial

Cork Pencil Holder Tutorial

materials needed:
cylinder container (tin, plastic or otherwise)
hot glue gun and glue sticks

1. find a cylindrical container with smooth sides. i used a small bucket leftover from this party, but a tin can will also work well. clean the container well before you get started.

2. roll out your cork and place your container on the bottom edge.

3. mark off the top of the container with a pencil. i also measured my container with a ruler to get an accurate measurement. draw a straight line and guess-timate how much cork you'll need to cover the entire container. it's always best to over-estimate and cut it down to size later.

4. cut the cork.

5. wrap the cork around the container and make your final adjustments. glue down the cork using a hot glue gun. you can stop there, it's actually quite cute plain... or with a note tacked on. i entertained the idea of painting it with triangles, polka dots, or a gold-dipped look... but decided that i wanted something shiny, silver and non-permanent... because i like change :)

6. foil tape to the rescue. foil tape is very versatile and i have used it for several projects that need a little shine. it can be found in the  air conditioning/ventilation section of a hardware store. one of the best things about foil tape is the backing... which makes it a good candidate for stickers. i used my circle cutter to cut out circles, but a hole punch or other paper punch would also work. if you don't have a punch or circle cutter, foil stickers should work.

7. remove the backing of the foil tape circle and apply it to your cork pencil holder.

8. the finished polka dot cork pencil holder!

Cork... my latest infatuation.  More of it coming up!


  1. So cute!!! I am visiting for the 1st time. I hope you come link to my blog sometime-

    1. Thanks Nancy! I'll link up this week.

  2. Simple, cute, perfect! Love it! Newest follower!
    April Hoff

  3. Cute, and I love the idea of a note and push pin!!! Can't get my mojo working, in fact the chandelier and tops of cabinets are still Christmas *sigh*, HELP!

    1. LOL! Oh trust me... I've moved on but some of my Christmas decorations have not! This week... it'll happen this week! :)

  4. Hi Mel, very creative unique idea! I found you over at Flamingo Toes' link party!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  5. I’m a new follower! I saw your link @ It’s a Party. I also host a party on Wednesday’s. I would love it if you would stop by and share your talent and creativity with my friends @


  6. What a great idea! I'd love it if you stopped by my weekly link party and shared this.

  7. So creative. I have some left over cork from a project. I might do something similar. I also have a brand new link party. You can check it out if you want.

  8. That is so cute! And it is repurposed too! Perfect project :)


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