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DIY : Easy Craft For Kids~Reuse Waste Materials to Make Multi Purpose Holder for Pen, Pencils, Spoons

Updated on March 14, 2017
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Chitrangada has great interest in art and crafts and loves to create useful things for home by reusing and repurposing various materials.

Reuse waste materials to make attractive  Pen/ Pencil stand!
Reuse waste materials to make attractive Pen/ Pencil stand! | Source
These holders can be used for multiple purposes!
These holders can be used for multiple purposes! | Source

Why Should We Reuse And Re-purpose?

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Anyone might think, what is the necessity of using old, used and waste materials to make a pen or pencil stand, when we can buy these things new from the markets!

Of course, we can!

But the whole idea is to save money and natural resources.

Environmental awareness is gradually changing attitudes, with more and more people doing their small bit to save natural resources.

Reusing waste materials, such as packaging boxes, metal containers etc. has some advantages:

  • Raw materials if reused, reduces the possibility to be manufactured again.
  • It will reduce the need to dispose used materials, which of course involves money and manpower.
  • It saves your money as a reusable article is mostly cheaper than the single use products.
  • Indirectly it is advantageous for our environment, because you save some natural resources.

Can implementing the three R's - reduce, recycle, reuse, save you money? If you only implemented the three R's in your kitchen, you would save money."

~~~Catherine Pulsifer,

Used metal containers, used gift wrapping papers, Scissors, Glue/ Fevicol, Used Packing Cardboard
Used metal containers, used gift wrapping papers, Scissors, Glue/ Fevicol, Used Packing Cardboard | Source
Cut papers according to size
Cut papers according to size | Source
Insert and paste cardboard rounds inside
Insert and paste cardboard rounds inside | Source
Cut the paper so that it is easier to paste
Cut the paper so that it is easier to paste | Source
The bottom side-cover and paste with another round so that it looks neat
The bottom side-cover and paste with another round so that it looks neat | Source

How To Make A Pen/ Pencil Stand By Reusing Waste Materials?

Follow the steps to make a multipurpose holder, which can be used for keeping pen, pencils, colored pens, crayons, combs, spoons, your sewing kit, knitting needles and other day today materials in one box.

  1. I have used a sweets container here. I removed its lid with a metal container opener.
  2. Wash the container thoroughly as it may have residues of the packed food.
  3. Let it dry from within.
  4. You can use colored gift wrappers, cut pieces of cloth or fabric, chart paper, beads, colored threads and anything which has been used previously and is available with you.
  5. Your creativity and imagination is the limit to create beautiful and attractive pen or pencil stands.
  6. Cut the used gift wrappers according to the size of the metal container with a paper cutting scissors.
  7. Then paste it onto the container with glue. You can also use Fevicol or Feviquick.
  8. Cut two rounds equal to inside or outside bottom and paste them as well.
  9. While pasting the coloured paper. make small cuts up to the edge of the container. This makes folding and pasting easier.
  10. To hide the uneven ends, cut another round of coloured paper and paste it over.
  11. Decorate with beads, colourful buttons, cartoon characters stickers or any other thing available with you.
  12. You can also use previously used colourful ribbons, which may be in contrast colour to the base.

And that's it!

Pen/ Pencil stand made with previously used waste materials
Pen/ Pencil stand made with previously used waste materials | Source
Multipurpose holders: You can keep spoons on dining table
Multipurpose holders: You can keep spoons on dining table | Source

Involve Your Kids And They Will Learn With Fun!

  • These multipurpose holders are so versatile and very simple to make.
  • It will be great to involve kids in this craft activity.
  • It will keep them busy in holidays and help their creative side too.
  • The children will even have fun through the entire process. A great way to learn with fun.
  • These ideas are fun to implement and can become an important and effective lesson for them towards frugal living and their efforts to protect the environment.
  • There is no limit to the creative ideas and even the kids can be encouraged to give their own ideas..
  • These pen / pencil holders can also be used to keep combs, kitchen spoons, spoons on the dining table, buttons and threads, medicines etc.

"Most of us are familiar with recycle and reusing, but how often do we think of the third R - REDUCE? 'Reduce' is probably the most important of the three Rs because, if we reduced, it would limit the need to recycle and reuse."

~~~Catherine Pulsifer

Do you like the idea of reusing waste materials, for the sake of environment?

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Best Out Of Waste:

  • Every day tons of paper and wood are burnt as waste.
  • Many areas meant for waste collection are littered with so much of tin cans that you can't imagine.
  • Tons of metal going to waste not only destroy the natural beauty, but are a threat to environment as well.
  • When you use something normally thrown away you can be proud that you have avoided spending your hard earned money.
  • Be proud that you have done service to the economy by reusing things and cutting down on the national waste.

  • Therefore think twice, if you are throwing that used tin, used gift paper etc. in the garbage.
  • It can be turned into an attractive and useful piece and also be gifted to your loved ones.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Greatly thought of here. I don't reuse any material. My better half does that all the time. Interesting and useful points. Voted up!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I have done this for years! My kids and I would make Christmas gifts using cans, jars, etc. and we loved doing this.

      Voted UP and useful, of course!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love any article about recycling and reusing. Excellent craft idea..

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for reading the hub! Your comments are much appreciated. Thanks for voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Mary Hyatt, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Glad you liked the hub and that you reuse waste materials to make meaningful gifts.

      Thanks for voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for your encouraging comments!

      It's a welcome change of mind that more and more believe in recycling and reusing things. We must do this for our future generations.

      Thanks!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i recycle mayo jar and pill bottle into a pencil holder. Next, I will be making Easter basket with a container too

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you peachpurple, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad to know, you believe in reusing waste materials. Thanks!

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Empty coffee cans are great for this sort of thing, too. I've used the plastic ones as flower pots. Just drill a couple of small holes in the bottom, peal off the paper, and you have a flower pot.

      This is a project that kids would love I think. Great instructions.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ann1Az2, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      So glad to know that you liked this hub and that you are already reusing waste materials and doing your bit for the environment.

      You are right, I involved many children in doing this easy craft.

      Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Creative and useful idea. Great tutorial with pictures. These would make great gifts for any occasion. Great hub, voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Nithya, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you liked it. Thanks for voting up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These look so good. Reusing and also recycling is the need of the day to conserve the environment.

      Thanks for sharing your expertise.

      Voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rajanji, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked the hub and you are right we must reuse things as much as possible for the sake of environment. Thanks for voting up!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 23 months ago from The Caribbean

      This is a very good idea, Chitrangada. Sometimes a simple homemade gift makes the day for a child or even an older person. Besides decreasing the number of things we waste, we share fun and skills in projects like these. Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MsDora, for appreciating!

      You are right--Children learn with fun and also get some lessons about caring for the environment.

      Thank you so much for your positive comments!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 16 months ago from United States

      This is such an excellent idea! Children enjoy crafting and they love to see their parents actually using what they made for them. This would be the perfect craft for kids and would also give a parent the opportunity to spend time with their child while guiding them through the project.

      Plus, you are using material and supplies that would otherwise be discarded! This is a win-win-win craft project for everyone!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 16 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you sylvestermouse, for your wonderful comments!

      You are so right to understand the purpose of this hub. You teach something creative out of waste to your children and also please yourself as well as your kids by spending valuable time together.

      Thank you for reading and appreciating!

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      Richard Lindsay 12 months ago from California

      Very good Hub it has a lot of things to help keep the kids busy with. It has a lot of very good pictures to go along with the information.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you lrdl3535, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you liked the hub.

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