DIY Delights – Back to School Project

Back to school time is always exciting for parents and kids alike. But gathering schools supplies can be a real hassle. The Jejune Bulletin is here to help ease your burden of the school supply nightmare. Today I’ll be showing you how to make your own unique, one of a kind pencil holder. The pencil holder is a common item on many back to school shopping lists, but it’s an easy item to make at home. You can even make it a bonding moment and construct your pencil holder with your child. Things you’ll need:

  1. A block of wood
  2. A drill with a 3/8 drill bit
  3. Pencils and/or pens
  4. Sandpaper (optional)
  5. Paint and paint brush (optional)

    A good block of wood
    A good block of wood

Make sure your block of wood is small enough to fit on your child’s desk, but still big enough to hold the necessary numberof pens and pencils. Desk sizes may vary, so feel free to call your child’s school and inquire about the desk size. Once you have selected your block of wood, drill holes in the top for your pens and pencils. I used the same block of wood I used for the doorstop tutorial. I just added more holes.

The drilled holes
The drilled holes

Make sure to NOT drill all the way through your block of wood. A 3/8 drill bit should work for most pens and pencils, but a larger bit may be needed for larger pens and pencils. You now have a beautiful new pencil holder. You may want to sand down the edges of your block of wood to reduce the chances of getting a splinter. You can now paint your pencil holder in any way you like. Do not attempt this project without responsible adult supervision.

The finished pencil holder
The finished pencil holder

Follow The Jejune Bulletin for more ways to save money with our DIY Delights. Comments and questions are always welcome. Feel free to send us a message if you have any tutorial requests. Contact us via email, Twitter, or Instagram.

I was going to paint my pencil holder, but then I decided not to.
I was going to paint my pencil holder, but then I decided not to.
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