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Video:How to Make a Pencil Holder Craft

with Zoya Popova

A pencil holder craft is a great way to store school supplies neatly and creatively. Watch this About.com video to learn how to make a fun, easy pencil holder craft.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Pencil Holder Craft

Hi, I'm Zoya Popova for About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to make a pencil holder.

Supplies to Make a Pencil Holder

To create this craft, you will need:

  • a tin can or any other suitable container
  • scrapbooking paper, gift wrap, or colored paper
  • tissue paper
  • craft glue
  • decoupage glue
  • scissors
  • a ruler
  • a pencil
  • assorted ribbons and embellishments
  • some decorative marbles for weight

Wrap the Can for a Pencil Holder Craft

For this project, we'll be using a tin can as our base. It's cylindrical shape is perfect for wrapping decorative paper around it. There is only one problem--the edges might be a bit sharp. This is why we will begin by covering our tin can with a prep layer of tissue paper.Tear your tissue paper into small bits and keep them handy. Spread some decoupage glue over a small area of your tin can with a foam brush and apply a piece of tissue paper. Follow up with a pass of decoupage glue on top. Keep layering the tissue and make sure it goes over the edge of the can and inside. If you see any crinkles or air bubbles in the tissue paper, dip your finger in water and smooth out the surface.

Decorate the Pencil Holder Craft

While your tissue layer is drying, prepare some decorative paper to wrap around it. For a standard tin can, the dimensions should be 4 by 9.5 inches. Wrap the paper very carefully around your tin can and seal the edges with a small amount of craft glue. From here, you can decorate your pencil holder by drawing, painting, or gluing on ribbons and embellishments. What we'll do for this particular pencil holder is apply an additional paper layer using die-cut scrapbook paper. When you're done, fill up the pencil holder with decorative marbles for weight, as well as some support for the pencils.

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