It’s DIY Friday again here at A Little Blue Book, and today I’ll show you how to make some fun, bookish pencil holders!
I really love the shape of these pencil holders. It looks a bit like they’re about to fall over, but they’re actually pretty sturdy. It doesn’t hurt that they’re easy to make and don’t require a lot of materials!
And by the way, here’s a little sneak peak at my new work table! I’ve moved back to Denmark which means a new and improved work station! The lighting is terrible, though…
What you need:
- Book pages
- Thick paper/cardboard (optional)
- A pair of scissors
- Coffee/tea (optional as always but highly recommended)
You probably have a lot of these materials already (which is always such a nice feeling!). If you need to buy anything, it’s all fairly inexpensive, and you can get these things pretty much anywhere.
How to do it:
Like The TBR Pile Decider from the last DIY Friday, these pencil holders are pretty easy to make once you get the hang of all the paper folding. I’ve taken a tonne of images which will guide you through the steps, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to make yourself a great, new pencil holder!
The first thing you have to do is draw the pattern that you see on the image below. I’ve used a piece of black cardboard to illustrate the shape because it was difficult to see the pattern on the book pages.
The measurements from the bottom left to right are: 1cm at an angle, 4 cm, 9 cm, 9cm and 4 cm. The height of the side is 9 cm. Then the measurements are from right to left: 9cm, 8.2 cm, 9 cm and 1 cm at an angle again. The triangle above is 7.5 cm tall with a 2 cm wide top. The small ‘flaps’ are 1.5 cm at the bottom.
Once you’ve drawn the pattern, it’s time to cut it out!
Then you fold all the lines inward, except the 7.5 line in the top triangle – don’t fold that one.
Then you use the rubber to erase all the pencil marks so that you’ll have a nice unmarked surface on the inside of the pencil holder.
Once you’ve done that, you glue all the small flaps (the two on the side of the top triangle and the one on the left-hand side). Make sure you glue the outside surface and not the inside.
Then you start to assemble the pencil holder by pressing the sides of the holder to the bottom flaps. This will create a triangle bottom like the image below.
Once that’s done, you then press the final glued flap to the side of the holder. This will create the last side of the pencil holder.
And that’s it! Now you just do the same with a book page. The page I used wasn’t a normal A4 size, so I had to adjust the measurements a bit.
The measurements from the bottom left to right were: 1cm at an angle, 2.5 cm, 5 cm, 5cm and 2.5 cm. The height of the side was 5 cm. Then the measurements were from right to left: 5cm, 5 cm, 5 cm and 1 cm at an angle again. The triangle above was 4.5 cm tall with a 2 cm wide top. The small ‘flaps’ are 1 cm at the bottom.
If you want to make your bookish pencil holder more sturdy, you can glue the book page onto a piece of cardboard before cutting out the shape.
And there you have it! A couple of pretty pencil holders to brighten up your desk!
You can also use your pencil holder as a cute mini vase!
Just wrap the flowers in wet tissue paper and then some tinfoil. This will keep your flowers hydrated (but not for long, though) and your paper vase dry!
As always, I would love to see your pencil holder if you decide to give it a go. Do share it with me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! And if you’ve found a different purpose for it, I would love to see that too. It’s always fun to see what other people use their DIY creations for!