How To Make the Perfect Pencil Holder

I want to thank everybody for leaving me so many nice comments and e-mails about my studioffice.  A few of you asked how I made the pencil holder.   I responded that I would try to find the instructions.  I had SUCCESS.  I had to figure out where I filed it. I looked in my files under –  instructions, project directions, and DIY ideas.  No luck.  I never throw instructions away and started thinking maybe I gave my Dad, who made it for me, the only copy.  I kept searching under – Art Supplies, Resources, ….then there it was – filed  under “Artist”. As I said, I didn’t make it. I handed my dad these directions with a photo.  He loves woodworking and happily went right to work on it. I paid him with lots of hugs and kisses. The fact that he made it for me makes it all the more special to me.

The Perfect Pencil Holder for Crafters and Artists

It would be a great way to organize kid’s crayons – help inspire the budding artist in all of them.

 I found the directions from  The Colored Pencil Solution Book, by Jamie Gildow and Barbara Newton.  The book is still available on Amazon.

Here is mine.

Craft Room Organizing ideas

Here is the back view to show how the hinge is attached.

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Perfect Pencil Holder

This pencil holder is made of four sections.  Each section is made of two pieces of wood, hinged together at one end to made a V section that opens like a book.  You can make one or many V sections depending on the number of pencils; one section holds thirty-two pencils, sixteen on each side.  ( Mine only has 15 holes on each side.  I also put a tin can in the center to hold other supplies and graphite pencils.)

To make one section-

supplies needed:

2 pieces of pine or other wood

–  3 1/2″ – high x 8 1/2″ – long x 3/4″ – thick and the other piece  3″ high x 1′ – wide

Light gauge butt hinge or piano-type hinge with 3/8″ screws. (Piano hinges can be found in hardware stores, they can be cut with a hack saw to desired length)

Drill with a 5/16″ drill bit or larger.  (Check the diameter of your pencils)

Use a graphite pencil to indicate the placement of each hole, spacing them 1/2″ apart at center along the 3/4″ -thick side of the wood. Drill the holes 1 1/2″ deep to hold the pencils upright.  After drilling the holes, sand lightly and attach the hinge to join the two pieces of wood together at one end.

Four of these V sections fit nicely on top of a 21″ Lazy Susan that turns for easy access to pencils and small tools (erasers, etc.) stored in the V of each section. 

My Dad,  love him XO – custom-made the Lazy Susan to fit the pencil holders perfectly. 

Perfect Pencil Holder Organization

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  2. Hi, I’m an artist with severe cerebral palsy who has very limited use of my left hand. Regular pencil holders just aren’t accessible. I desperately need this one but can’t find anyone willing to build it for me. Will you please consider selling these online? Thanks!

    1. Hi did you ever get the pencil holder done

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi Lynda – Were you asking another reader/comment the question about getting the pencil holder done? I showed my completed one in the post. :-)

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  5. Susan Reaney says:

    That is dazzling…now I am off to see your studio!


    1. Susan Reaney says:

      @Susan Reaney

      Your space is just amazing. I cannot believe the many things you and your huband put together…from the large work table to the foam core Inspiration Boards on your wall. I also just loved the covers you put on your chair. It is amazing that you can actually transform this piece into a place where you can, once again, entertain. I am also really taken by the quality control…like sinking your nails. Everything looks immaculate. Love your armoire and all the changes it has gone through. Also loved the pantry piece down below from the “skeleton” of a piece you found by the side of the road.

      My daughter and I have had a blog for three months and have been doing jewelry together for fifteen years. Come and stop by, if you would like. We also love to work with lot of other things, among them, vintage paper craft (me), vintage fashion (her) and both of us love estate sales and life.

      Thanks for the nice peek! What talent you both have.


  6. Heather Bullard says:

    Such a cool pencil holder! Very graphic and modern. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy Summer!

  7. How unique is this pencil holder? I just love what you share here! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog this past weekend. It was a super busy one filled with travel and family. We are expecting a new grandson any day so I’ve been blogging, but not much! I’m so enjoying my ribbon holder and thanks for posting it. I look forward to following you and so appreciate your talents after becoming a little more familiar with your blog. Much happiness to you.