Practical yet elegant: a pencil holder made from a log
- Cost< 50 £
- Duration< 1 h
Tidy up with nature! The DIY wooden pencil holder lends any office a rustic look while making sure that your office paraphernalia is always neat and tidy. Follow our simple five-step instruction guide and create your personalised alternative to the pencil case without breaking a sweat.
Let's go - step by step
Measuring out the desired length on the log.
For this upcycling project, the first thing you’ll need is a wooden log. You can find these in well-stocked DIY stores or using online classifieds. We chose to use birch for our pencil holder. Once you have found a log in your preferred type of wood, decide how tall you want your pencil cup to be and measure out that desired length – we recommend 8 to 12 centimetres. Use the tape adapter to measure from the edge out so that you can rest the Zamo laser measure on the log. Draw a line with a pencil to mark out where to cut the log.
Cutting the wood using a saw
You need: Cordless reciprocating saw with saw blades for wood, g-clamps, work gloves, safety glasses
Put on your safety gloves and protective goggles. Securely fasten the log to a workbench or to a table with G-clamps when sawing to prevent it from slipping. Now, saw off the piece of wood for your pencil holder using the mark you drew as a guide.
Sanding the top side
You need: Hand abrasives
Wrap the sandpaper around the sanding block, hold the log firmly in place and sand the top of it. 80-grain sandpaper is best for this task as it is particularly suitable for the coarse sanding needed for wooden surfaces. This prevents the log from losing any of its natural, rustic look.
Drilling holes for pencils and other items
Fasten the log to your workbench or a table with G-clamps again so that you can work safely and precisely. Use your cordless drill to drill the desired number of holes in the trunk, keeping in mind what you need for office tools. If you want to drill holes for pencils or thin scissors, for example, we recommend you use a wood drill bit (8–10 mm). If the hole needs to be wider in diameter, such as for very thick permanent markers, use a Forstner drill bit (20 mm).
Adding a personal touch to your log
Now it’s up to you to decide how you want your pencil holder to look. Grab the Gluey cordless hot glue pen, insert a glue stick and design your new pencil holder. We’ve gone for a glittery violet zig-zag pattern. Let your creativity run wild and decorate the log however you like. You should have some scrap wood or cardboard ready to make sure that nothing goes wrong. We also recommend sketching out the pattern on the wood with a pencil beforehand. This will make decorating easier and you can still change the pattern if you don’t like it. Let the glue dry for a few minutes before putting your new pencil holder on your desk.
That wasn’t too hard, was it? You have brought a little slice of nature to your desk in just a few minutes. Congratulations on making your new DIY pencil holder from wood!
oder? Mit wenig Aufwand hast du ein bisschen Natur auf deinen Schreibtisch gebracht. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu deinem neuen DIY-Stiftehalter aus Holz!