How to make a Simple Pen/Pencil Stand from Waste?

Pencil stand / organizer
Pencil stand / organizer | Source
pencil stand
pencil stand | Source
flowers
flowers

Making a useful thing from waste materials - A Project

The other day, my son came from school and told that his teacher had given a holiday project of making something useful from the waste materials.His school was getting closed for Dushera holidays for 10 days.We started thinking as to what to make. did some research on the internet, referred to some art and craft books and then finalised on making a simple yet beautiful pencil stand cum desk organizer.

Now the next stage was what materials to use. I first thought of doing it using paper mache process. I am a great fan of paper mache technique.But this time I wanted to do something different. We then collected a flat cardboard piece, one used tin of roasted cashewnuts, a discarded card board roll which was the cover of a broom stick.

The card board was cut into a square piece. We pasted another similar piece for extra thickness.The card board roll was cut into two different sizes.Then we soaked some old newspaper bits; which was mashed and mixed with PVA glue and brown acrylic color.This paste was used to fix the tin and the two rolls over the square board. This was ket for drying for two days.

We took some old English magazines and cut out alphabets of different sizes and colours and styles.Oh, that was quite a task.For one moment I cursed the education system which gave work for the parents.

After the card board dried up completely, we pasted the alphabets over the board, tin and the 2 rolls.Again it was kept for drying.The pencil stand looked so colourful, my son was going gaga over it. We coated little varnish over it. And voila.... the pencil stand was ready.

To beautify the organizer, we mage some colour by picking up dried coconut stalks and flower stalks from our farm at our hometown, and painted acrylics on them. These beautiful flowers were put in the longest roll on the organizer/pencil stand.

On the first day of reopening of his school, my son took his project to the class. His friends and teachers liked it and teacher asked if they could keep it in the classroom. My son was happy.Our project was selected among the best projects.

Was this project helpful?

See results without voting

More by this Author


Comments 7 comments

snakeslane profile image

snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

nkrohini, The pencil stand project turned out great. Nice Hub, good photos. I like the idea of turning waste into something useful, in this case beautiful as well. It sounds like your son enjoyed the project. Regards, snakeslane


nkrohini profile image

nkrohini 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks snakeslane! Yes in fact we both enjoyed the project. The satisfaction of making something useful and beautiful was rather more.Thanks for reading my hubpage.


quicksand profile image

quicksand 3 years ago

Well, this sounds good, looks good and is unbreakable too. Gonna try to make one. Thanks! :)


ashutosh ranjan 3 years ago

this is very interesting project of summer vacation i have not got this project my sister had got this project


ashutosh ranjan 3 years ago

how beautiful/


TabithaECleary profile image

TabithaECleary 3 years ago from Montgomery, AL

I loved this and can't wait to try making one :D.


Aamir Alam 17 months ago

Very good this helpful to us...

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working