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How to make a Pencil or Pen Holder out of Cork

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Cork can give a pencil or pen holder a nice rustic looking craft.  Great for Dad on Father's Day or anyone else you think would like a rustic pen or pencil holder.  You can decorate the outside of the cork pencil holder with painted cutouts of cork, showing your Dad's favorite activities and hobbies.  You Dad or even Teacher can proudly display his or her cork pencil or pen holder on their desk for everyone to see.  It's a great conversation starter.


Supplies needed to make a Cork Pen or Pencil Holder:

  • 3/32" thick light colored Cork (you can buy it in a roll at your craft store)
  • Pringles Chips container or any other round container.
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • craft glue (and rubber bands if you use it to glue on all our cutouts instead of the glue gun)
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint Brush

Directions to make a Cork Pen or Pencil Holder:

  • First use your scissors to poke a hole in your pringles container so you can cut it to the height you want it (Adults only)


  • Starting at that hole cut all the way around the circumference of the circle


  • Next lay your container on the cork, lining the bottom of the container with the edge of the cork.  Roll your container down the cork making a line as you go until you've rolled the full circumference of the circle.  This is what you'll cut out to wrap around your container.


  • Apply craft glue to the inside of the piece of cork you just cut out and wrap it around your container


  • Next draw and cut out the shapes you want on your pencil holder.  After you cut them out, paint them and let dry.


  • To finish, glue all your cutouts on with a low temp glue gun (or craft glue and put on rubber bands to hold while drying.)


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