Pencil holders do not have to come from an office supply store. On the contrary, some of the most useful and decorative holders are intended to be used in other ways. They will add color and unique style to your desktop. Think outside of the cubicle, and consider four ordinary items that work exceptionally well. They can be used to hold pens, pencils and other writing instruments. You might even start a new office trend with these one-of-a-kind containers.
Use a Child’s Rubber Rain Boot
If you have held onto a pair of cute rain boots that belonged to your child, pull them out of storage and put them to good use. You do not have to give them away. As the first photo shows, they can be used as pen and pencil holders. They can be decorated with stickers, craft foam cutouts and other fun and colorful embellishments.
Wrap a Metal Can with Scrapbook Paper
Some of the most gorgeous paper is designed for scrapbooking, but it has multiple uses that go far beyond photo albums. Make unique pencil holders with scrapbook paper and metal cans. Begin by covering the sharp edges with colored duct tape. Coat the can with spray-on adhesive, and wrap it with decorative paper. The second photo is an example of what you can do with a basic can and a piece of gorgeous paper.
Make Pencil Holders with Old Floppy Discs
Old floppy discs might seem useless these days, but they can be used to create pencil holders. Using the third photo as a guide, drill holes in the corners of five floppy discs. Use narrow zip ties to hold them together. They are perfect for decorating a business office where employees are allowed to personalize their desks. If desired, add labels with whimsical graphics and/or messages.
Use a Decorated Clay Pot
Clay planters have countless uses, and they can be decorated in endless ways. Four-inch pots make fantastic desktop pencil holders. The pot in the fourth photo was embellished with broken pieces of glass. Use something safer instead. Consider attaching broken pieces of ceramic tiles to the pot using epoxy or other strong adhesive. Fill in the cracks with ready-made grout. If you do not want to spend lots of time on the planter, consider coating it with chalkboard paint. Keep a piece of chalk on hand, and use the pot as a slate for posting inspirational words or messages that will make your day a little brighter.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience