I actually made these DIY pencil holders last year. I really wanted something that would hold everything that we would possibly need while doing homework. EC and YC are absolute masters at procrastinating. They will finally sit down to do their work, only to open it up and realise they need glue, or a ruler, or a rubber. It does drive me slightly nuts at time. We do have 100s of pencil cases but they either don’t fit everything, or they serve more as a distraction than anything else. Instead I up cycled some old tin cans and they have been fantastic.

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You will need:

  • Tin Can
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes

I used baked bean cans for there DIY pencil holders, but obviously you can use any tin can you want. Just make sure that wash it out thoroughly.

Make sure that there are no sharp edges when you take the lid off.  I used a tin can opener to go around the edge which helped.

After it has all dried then all you need to do is paint it. Make sure use acrylic paint otherwise it will chip off.

To finish it off I gave them layer of modge podge (a type of glue used in decoupage) to seal it all together.

I made one pencil holder for EC and YC and then filled them both with:

  • Pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue

The only thing that I have to keep an eye on is that everything is actually put back because sometimes people like to borrow things from them!

Pin for later:

DIY pencil holders made from up cycled tin cans.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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