DIY pencil cup | How About Orange

November 12, 2007

DIY pencil cup

A quick little pencil cup I made this weekend to satisfy a crafty urge:

Wash out an empty soup can and measure the height and circumference. (If you don't have a tape measure, just use a strip of paper and mark off the measurements on it.) Cut out a rectangle of felt to those dimensions. Be precise so that the ends of the felt will butt up together but not overlap when wrapped around the can.

Cut shapes into your felt; then cut coordinating fabric patches that will peek through your holes. Stick the scraps to the back side of your felt. (The felt should be fuzzy enough to hold them there temporarily.) Spray some adhesive onto your can and wrap it with the felt piece, taking care to match your seam nicely in the back. Fill with pencils. All done.

17 comments:

Grandma G said...

Still making pencil cups, huh? Can I send a pic of one of your originals to post on here? ;-)

Love,
Mum

bethany said...

great pencil cup. an excellent fast craft idea.

Jess said...

Uh oh, mom. Sounds embarrassing. What do you have? If you send me a picture, I just might do it!

cheeky said...

Old tins come in handy for some of the best craft ideas. I won't forget this one! Good idea. Like the colours you chose.
xo

cindyforeyes aka cindyiscrafty said...

Ironically, I did a project using a veggie can, too. I will definitely try one like yours.

Thought you might like a look at mine:
http://cindyiscrafty.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/a-real-turkey-of-a-project

Not nearly as chic as yours, but holiday specific.

bec said...

this is awesome. i want to try it.

paperseed.wordpress.com said...

OMG Jessica, how do you come up with such fantastic ideas?! I absolutely love this. Your crafty-yet-modern sensibility is truly astonishing.

caroline said...

OMG. i was just organizing my desk looking at my lame mug as a pencil holder and was thinking i needed to make one.
very cute idea!

Terri said...

Hey I absolutely love coming on here to see what crafty ideas you've got for us. I love this one. So simple and handy! I might be stealing this idea for some economical Xmas presents I think!

Kelly said...

Love these! Perfect for tidying up the sewing room, I think - both by using up scraps and stashing utensils! Thanks for posting!

primdollie said...

fun idea and love reusing old cans for fun simple useful projects!!! and yes mom's save the darndest things don't they!!!! too fun!! Hugs Linda

Karen said...

What an ingenious yet charmingly simple design! It makes me want to cover everything on my desk in felt--so much so, in fact, you've been featured in this week's Science Fair!

http://periodicstyle.blogspot.com/

Cami said...

I love this! Super cute and original. I'll have to do this with my kids, thanks for the great idea!

h&b said...

Much nicer than my Milo tins simply covered in wrapping paper.

I think I will rethink and redo.

thanks !

SewArtsy said...

Hi! I'm just finding this tutorial, and linked up to it on my blog here at this post: http://sewartsyblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/12-weeks-of-christmas-tutorial-11.html
Thanks for the great idea! Love your blog!
Amy, SewArtsy

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Kayla said...

I just made these and posted it on my blog.

www.themindwandering.blogspot.com

♥kayla

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