Upcycling is super fun! All you need is some creativity, a few things, and a plan. This week, I am going to share with you how to change a plain soup can into a gorgeous DIY Pencil Holder. It's great for your kids' study zone, a command station area, or your home office. Feel free to follow along and make one yourself. Let's begin.
First, you will need the supplies. Below are the things I needed to make this pencil holder.
What supplies do I need to make a DIY Pencil Holder?
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1 Soup can - remove labels and sand down any rough spots
1 bottle of FolkArt by Plaid Patina 2951 Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint
Natural Jute Twine thin
1 piece of Gold Wired Twine that measures the circumference of the can. (This item can be omitted if you can not find it.)
Hot Glue gun
Hot Glue stick
Mod Podge Matte finish
Flat Silk flowers that are flat on the back
Now that you have all the supplies, we can start making this DIY pencil holder.
This project took about 6 hours. This time included the time it took for the paint to dry.
I had pretty much everything from prior projects and pulled the soup can from our recycling bin. So, the cost was very low on this upcycling DIY project.
Here is the before can picture. As you can see it is a plain soup can. If you choose to make your pencil holder larger, you can use a larger can.
How to make a Plain Soup Can into a Gorgeous DIY Pencil Holder?
Paint the can.
First, paint the can with at least a few coats. Be sure to paint the inside too. This will make it look more uniformed. Let dry between coats. Since the paint was a multi-purpose acrylic paint, you should not have an issue with the paint adhering to the can.
Add the twine around the center of the can.
Then, using the Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and the twine, add the Mod Podge to the painted can and wrap it tightly around the can as you go. Add more Mod Podge to the top and sides of the twine to help it stick to the can.
Cut the silk flowers off the plastic stem.
Now, you can cut the flowers off the step and set them aside. Whatever flowers you purchase, make sure they are flat and the stem is very small. This will help the flowers to adhere better.
Attach the silk flowers to the can.
With a hot glue gun and the flowers, add a drop of glue to the can and attach the flower to the can. Be careful; it is very hot.
Add the wire rope to the bottom edge.
Now, this part is optional. I felt it needed something at the bottom, so I added a wire rope around the bottom of the can. Working quickly, I added the hot glue around the can and adhered the rope. I also noticed that the glue would fall over the bottom part of the can, so I had to wipe it off so the can would sit flat on the table. It wasn't pretty but it looked OK. If you have another ideas to add this wire rope, please leave a comment below.
The DIY Pencil Holder Big Reveal:
That is it! What do you think? I love it! And, it looks great on my desk. What do you think? Would you make one for your desk?
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