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A Father's Day project - A Pencil Holder

Updated on October 5, 2013

What better Father's Day gift than something Dad can put on his desk and see every day?

Even in this supposedly paperless age of computers and cellphones, Dad still uses pencils and pens and needs a place to store them.

This classy pencil holder says "I love you Dad" and "I made this especially for you"!

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What you'll need

  • empty frozen juice can or similar cardboard can
  • twine or rope, coloured or plain
  • paint (colour matching the twine or the rope)
  • glue (white glue and hot glue)
  • paint brush
  • scissors

How to make it

Paint the outside of the juice can in a colour close to the colour of the twine that you have chosen.

Note: if necessary, add a second coat of paint to make the outside opaque.

Put a dot of hot glue near the bottom of the juice can.

Glue the end of the twine to the juice can.

Brush the whole can with diluted white glue.

Turn the twine around the juice can.

Continue to turn the twine until the can is completely covered from top to bottom.

When you reach the top of the can, put a dot of hot glue to attach the end of the twine to the side of the can.

If you'd rather see these instructions on video

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will have to try this, you just can't have too many holders and as I have started sketching again I have loads of pencils. This would be great for many things though that I have laying about or stuck in drawers. Thank you! ^

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit, ErinShelby! I never thought of the "organization" aspect but you are right... it's a way to organize the pens and pencils! So it's for sure useful!

      Have a great day!

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      This is a cool idea for re-purposing something and getting organized at the same time!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and kind comment StricktlyDating! It's very kind of you :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you LKMore for that sweet comment! I think as parents we love to receive something that those tiny hands of our children took time to do for us with love. And as you said, you can't buy memories at a Walgreens. Thanks again :-)

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      StricktlyDating 4 years ago from Australia

      What a sweet idea for Fathers Day. I love it!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      kidscrafts,

      My father once revealed to me that he remembered every gift we handcrafted for him. These gifts take time and are made with love. You can't buy memories at a Walgreens. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks Michelle! Interesting to know that Father's Day is about the same time in your counrty as here!

      Thank you for your visit!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      As the day gets closer, I share this again. Thanks, Kidscrafts.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Mhatter99. Very kind of you to visit my hub :-)

      Have a great weekend!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. What a great idea.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      So true, its very convenient thanks.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you, Paolo. I like to illustrate with pictures because "one picture is worth a thousand words" :-) It's easier for visual people.... like me :-)

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      WOw, simple yet fantastic! The pictures are great as well, (as usual), to be honest, sometimes, I don't read all the directions since the pictures speaks .

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Natashalh!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Very cute project!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much Celeste! I know, it's not easy to find nice projects that kids can do and be proud of. You son could use two colours of twine to make it more special :-)

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      Celeste Wilson 4 years ago

      Very cool idea and so easy. Thank you for a great idea. I always get a little anxious when Father's day or birthdays etc. come along. This is just what my son will enjoy making.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and kind comments, DDE. I try to find ideas that will be beautiful, practical , simple to do and also with affordable materials.

      Time flies indeed! I can't believe it's almost Summer.... I didn't see Spring past because the weather was colder than usual this year :-(

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Amazing how you think of such simple ideas, and Father's Day already here so fast time flies, your idea sounds fantastic.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much Rajan, Stephanie and FlourishAnyway!

      I am humbled by so many visit early Sunday morning!

      Thank you all for your kind comments!

      Enjoy your Sunday!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      This is a cute little craft for the kids to make for fathers.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a great and simple idea. It can help give the kids something to do that is fun. And the best part is you can embellish it to add personal touches and details. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very useful and simple to do craft for kids. Voted up and pinned.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you, Jo! Very kind of you to come, visit, vote and share!

      Have a great weekend!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Joelle, another wonderful creative idea.... ideal for keeping small hands busy...larger hands also :). This is useful and so very practical! a great share.

      Voting up and sharing.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Eddy! You are very kind!

      I hope that you will have a great weekend and enjoy the new addition in your family with the new grandson :-)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for this gem and will pass onto my family.

      Eddy.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you, Michelle! I wish you a fantastic weekend!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      With Father's Day on the way, I am sharing again! Thanks Kidscrafts!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your very kind comment Dream-On :-) You are making my day for sure :-)

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Discovering new ways to create is nothing short of Fan - tastic.I want to show you I am one of your biggest fans.Have a great day.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      As you said, Blossom. I discovered as well that those dates are all over the calendar depending where you live :-)

      Have a great day!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi B. Malin! I just went to visit your new hub! Thank you for your kind comments!

      That so sweet of your sons to prepare their own version of "After Shave Lotion". I think that's the effort and thought that counts!

      Thanks for sharing this story :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks Ignugent! I think you are right that any father will appreciate the effort of the kids to prepare them a special gift.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      That's interesting. I thought we all celebrated both Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day on the same day. Live and learn! Thank you for the information about them.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Kidscrafts, I've missed coming to your Hubs, but I've been away, and now I'm back. As usual a Fun read and a Thoughtful one.

      This Hub brings back the times when my boys were young and they wanted to make something for their Dad, for Father's Day. They tried to make "After Shave Lotion"...It was BAD...But he said he loved it, as well as the Homemade Cards.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Great idea. Making this would be fun. I think the father who will receive this kind of gift will appreciate the effort of the kids.

      :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you, Livingsta! I find it's always harder to find projects for Father's Day but I think this one is simple and nice and versatile because there are different kind of twine that could be used.

      Thanks for the vote and pinning :-)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is so pretty. Kids will just love them and they are equally good for adults who are interested in crafting things of their own. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up, sharing and pinning!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing for Father's Day!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks Lurana! Very kind of you :-)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I'm glad you found it! It's neat, isn't it? I also would never guess it was a tire. I like twine a lot myself and like your projects that use it too. :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit, Lurana!

      That must be quite a special side table! You made me so curious, that while I started answering you, I had to search.... and I found it! Wouaw! The result is quite nice and without knowing, I would never have guessed that there is a tire underneath the twine! The model I found has two colours of twine!

      Twine can produce a very natural look to a lot of projects that's why I like to work with it.

      Thanks for your kind comment, Lurana!

      Enjoy your week!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      A great one! Very accessible and inexpensive materials, and a functional craft too. Really nice gift idea.

      I saw a project recently that used thick twine around a rubber car tire (same style as this pencil holder though) and then they attached legs somehow to make a small side table.

      Thank you for all the crafty ideas! :-) Lurana

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for your visit and kind comment CareerMommy! It's always nice to have your visit!

      Hope you will have a very pleasant week!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much Blossom! Father's Day is June 16th this year in Canada and in the U.S. (the third Sunday of June). With the Mother's Day project, I realized that not all the countries celebrate that special day at the same time during the year. Mother's Day is the second Sunday of May for a lot of countries but in France, it was yesterday.

      I just looked on wikipedia and it's true for Father's Day as well. It's celebrated the third Sunday of June in a lot of countries but otherwise, it's spread out all along the year depending where you live. Very interesting!

      Thank you for teaching me :-)

      Have a great week!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      kidscrafts, what an excellent Fathers Day gift idea. And what a great project for the kids to do for their dad! Thank you for the suggestion.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A good idea, not too difficult and creative. Do you have Fathers' Day soon? Ours isn't until September.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Don't push me too hard.... I would love to come and visit sunny California... especially in the winter ;-)

      Thank you for your visit and always kind comments Charron :-)

      Have a lovely day!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      You are officially my hero. Anyone who can take such unattractive throwaway items and turn them into such a nifty and useful object! And tell me what dad doesn't still write! That is a "dad" thing.

      I wish you could come over for an afternoon of crafting!! :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Lady Fiddler for your kind comments! I hope that this project can be useful for teachers or parents while being practical as well :-)

      Have a nice weekend!

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Such a brilliant idea I think I may make a few of those "Money is low this month", but would have to duck when I hand it out to the fathers least they struck my head with one ha ha ha. Its a fantastic idea for a kid to do at school and bring home though.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      That's great to think that you made that kind of project with your grandmother and you can remember that those objects were useful for her!

      Thank you for sharing!

      Have a great weekend!

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      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Great directions. My grandmother has passed now but she had things like this that I made as a teenager. She used them everyday.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comments PeachPurple! I find that using yarn or twine is different that gluing paper; it gives the pencil holder another dimension.

      Have an great weekend!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for sharing this easy to make pencil holder craft. The easiest i should say and using the yarn with tin can are great ideas to recycle, reuse trash. My dad is going to love this pencil holder. Voted up

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you! You, too! :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit, very kind comments and vote BtrBell :-)

      I think you are right that we all can use a pencil holder....my husband took my prototype at his office :-)

      Have a great weekend!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanks for a great idea. We can all use pencil holders! A great gift idea! Thank you! up+

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for sharing that thought KoffeeKlatch! I agree with you that it's more difficult to find projects that kids can do for their dad! And I always want to keep it affordable as well because teachers don't have big budgets.

      Thank you for your visit! Enjoy your weekend!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a great craft idea. It is a little harder to think of a gift for a man. This is an awesome on for a child to make.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for your visit, your vote and pinning, Carol! Very kind of you!

      I like to keep father's day projects simple and practical. I like to use twine because it gives a more natural look.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for your kind comments Anna! I always appreciate your visit :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks Ceres Schwarz for taking the time for such a long comment!

      I like to create personnal gifts when I have time and as you said, there is nothing wrong to buying gifts either!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for your visit and your kind comment, Michelle!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great looking pencil holder for any occasion. Simple and inexpensive...Can't ask for more. Thanks for a great suggestion. Pinning and voting up

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Another good idea for crafting a really personal gift. Thankyou kidscrafts for sharing :)

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This is a good gift idea for Father's Day. Making something for a loved one just makes the gift even more special and meaningful because you made it yourself and it really shows your love for the person if you took the time to make your own gift instead of just buying one, not that there's anything wrong with buying gifts. In the end, it's all a matter of preference. Your step-by-step images of how to make the pencil holder really help to add to the written instructions so people can easily follow along when trying to make this pencil holder.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful craft idea for kids for this upcoming day! Thanks for sharing, and as usual, I'm blown away by your talent!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much Gcrjhoads64 :-) Very kind of you!

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      Gable Rhoads 4 years ago from North Dakota

      What a great idea! Sharing. :)