Sunday, 2 May 2010

Easy Peasy Pencil Pot!

The previous post concentrated on my story and how I came to be doing this fundraiser. This post focuses on the 'good stuff'- the craftiness! This is a small very easy tutorial for.......A pencil pot! I'm still at the collecting stage so it's just a taster of much bigger things to come.

Things you will need:
An old tin
Double sided tape

Sticky tape


Your choice of background paper-I chose ordinary brown kraft paper

Decorative 'bits'- I used Raffia and Jute for a natural look.

  1. The first thing I did was cut my background paper so that it wrapped neatly around the bottom of my tin. The paper was about 1cm above the top of the tin- it is important to leave this as it gives a neat edge when folded in.
  2. I then attached pieces of double sided tape around the bottom of the tin and stuck the background paper as tight to the bottom rim of the tin as possible.
  3. Keep wrapping and sticking until your tin is completely covered with background paper.
  4. The next part is to neatly fold the excess paper over the rim and inside the tin. Stick it down with some sticky tape. You could attach paper or fabric to the inside of the tin if you want a 'posher' look but as mine is just going to hold pencils I left it bare.
  5. Now is the fun part-decorate as you wish! I have just put a length of jute twine and a length of raffia around the middle of my new pencil pot and tied in a bow.
That's it, you now have a lovely new recycled pencil pot!

What do you think?

Thank you for reading this and looking at Grand Reinventions blog. Grand Reinventions is a project aimed at raising £1000 for the National Autistic Society by turning 'old rubbish' into desirable new products. If you enjoyed this post why not sign up and follow my fundraising journey! Katrina x


  1. I think they look great, especially in the natural tones - very stylish. I might make a couple to keep crochet hooks and knitting needles in - might have to weight them at the bottom though. Thanks for sharing - hope you do a few more of these. Shaz x

  2. they look really stylish - might make a couple for keeping some of the brushes, pencils etc that are lying around in my workroom!