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DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Pencil Crayon Holder

If you are a parent or someone who is around children for any length of time, you are sure to know that kids have a fascination with toilet paper rolls. From pretend microphones to telescopes, the possibilities are endless.

7 year old Kate and 4 year old Jane were big helpers in this fun DIY project.

How to make a Pencil Crayon Holder out of Toilet Paper Rolls

You will need:

  • 9 toilet paper rolls (more or less is fine too)
  • colorful paper (we chose to use colors to match our pencil crayons)
  • clear tape
  • paper clips
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ribbon

 

First you will need to select paper to cover each toilet paper roll.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Next, you will need to tape the paper to each roll making sure to leave about 1 inch extra on the top of each roll.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Once they are all covered in paper, cut the 1 inch extra paper into strips as shown below.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Then you will want to glue the strips and fold them into the inside of the toilet paper roll. This will be the top. Do this for each roll.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Here I chose to put a piece of tape around the outside edge of the top of the roll just to give it a bit more durability.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Once that is done I put all the rolls in a row in the order I want them with the bottom of the rolls facing me. I slide a paper clip to attach the bottoms of all rolls.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Once they are all joined together, I carefully stand them up and weave a ribbon (or string) through to give it a bit of extra strength and to make it look a little prettier.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

I come back from the other direction to complete the weaving.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Once again I carefully lay the rolls down and tie the ribbon/string tightly to the back.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

While the rolls are laying down I place paperclips on the tops of each of the rolls to now secure them together.

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

Now comes the fun part….placing the pencil crayons in the holder. (Note: there is no bottom on the holder. Since the pencil crayons face up and the holder is on a hard surface there is no need for a bottom…unless of course you plan on moving it around a lot).

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

My daughter thinks this is the perfect addition to her craft desk! I’m sure glad we saved those toilet paper rolls!

DIY Pencil Crayon Holder

You can see the real wooden pencil crayon holders I used in my Montessori home classroom when I was still teaching. This craft is a frugal way to create a similar pencil crayon holder.

Comments

  1. These are really neat!
    My daughter would LOVE to make these and we have a HUGE bag of toilet paper rolls sitting in our closet.
    Thanks for the idea and how-to.

  2. Very cute! Love this idea!

  3. wow this idea is awesome! And since my family plans on moving i can put this on my dreser since i am a art freak! yea!
    thanks!

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