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DIY Pencil Holder

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If you happened to find some paper cores or paper tubes from your kitchen, toilet, badminton court, craft room, or writing table, please don’t throw them away, … recycle them into these yarn-wrapped pencil holders and get back to school!!!!

diy pencil holder

There are many sources that you can get the paper tube for free, just to point out a few….. from your cling wrap, aluminum foil, or kitchen paper towel in your kitchen; toilet paper roll; shutter cock tube after your badminton match; yarn tube, fabric roll tube found in your craft room; even a thermal paper roll of the fax machine!!!

Turn the trash into treasure and help mother Earth in reducing the dumping load. I got mine from the raffia yarns I made for the recent crochet straw projects, i.e. beach bag, sun hat, and the daisy brooch.

yarn wrap pencil holder

I made them for a recent charity event and all of them were sold during the pre-sale. Many came back to me and asked for more…. so I made a “come back” but in a DIY way. This is so simple to make and if you have the materials on hand, it costs nothing!!!!

diy pencil holder


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diy pencil holder

DIY Pencil Holder

Yield: Pencil Holder
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $1 - $5

If you happened to find some paper cores or paper tubes from your kitchen, toilet, badminton court, craft room or writing table, please don’t throw them away, … recycle them into these yarn wrapped pencil holder and get back to school!!!!

Enjoy making them!


  • Paper Core x 1
  • Thick Cardboard x 1
  • Stash Yarns
  • Stash Felts
  • Masking Tape
  • Craft Glue / PVA Glue / White Glue


  1. a. Trace the circumference of the tube on the thick cardboard.
    b. Cut the circle out.Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

  2. Attach the circle to the base of the paper tube with masking tape.Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

  3. Cut a piece of felt and glue it to the base with craft glue.Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

  4. Leave it for a few minutes or until the felt tack on well to the base before you start to roll the yarn around the tube.Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

  5. Start gluing the yarn from the top.
    If you find the yarn is a little difficult to attach to the tube, wait until the glue is tacky before wrapping the yarn around. The beginning is always the toughest part to start with for this project.Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

  6. After wrapping a few rounds, turn the tube upside down and continue wrapping. I found that working from bottom to top is much easier than working from top to bottom.Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

  7. You may change the color of the yarn or just keep to 1 color.Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

  8. Decorate the pencil holder with embellishment when the yarn is securely affixed to the tube.Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

  9. Wait till everything is dry, place the pencil holder on your desk to keep your stationery in it.
    Easy, right?Quick Craft Pencil Holder Tutorial

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Friday 17th of July 2020

Wow, this looks so creative. I will definitely do it with my sister. I hope that you will continue sharing your amazing and unique ideas.


Tuesday 11th of April 2017

i love ur ideas i for sure will try it . it is acctually amazing


Friday 14th of August 2015

Inspired from you!


Monday 23rd of June 2014

Awesome DIY. Perfect for a girl who can hold there own little things :)


Saturday 25th of January 2014

If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them.

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