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How to make penstands

Updated on January 21, 2015

Get crafty in your free time!

Making your own pen stands is a fun thing to do. When I was quite young, all the cousins would join and make things like wall hangings, pen stands and gifts cards using our own ideas. I would like to share some with you which is fun and simple as well as good looking.Scroll down and have fun time at home. you can make your own modifications with the basic idea and even gift them to your loved ones. 'The gift you give made by yourself has more value and love than the one which you buy' as my grandma used to say is true. The happiness you feel is different when you gift your dad or sister or brother when you gift a pen stand made by you.

Start off with a simple one

Here are few things you need to have:

A soap box (outer hard pack of the soap) or a toothpaste box(big enough)

A leaf (any small nice leaf, neem works better or of rose)

Pistachio shells

Tissues or old newspaper strips

paints, glue, glitters

Now that you have whatever is required, we'll start to make our pen stand.

Cut one end of the soap box and apply glue mixed in equal quantity of water all over the box and paste around 2-3 layers of tissues or news paper strips to make it stronger. Let it dry.

Once the paper is dried, paint the whole box with your favorite color paints.

After the paint dries, start sticking the pistachio shells as shown in the picture like flowers or you can put your own ideas to make other designs with the shells and you can draw the branches. you can paint the leaves if you are good at it or just paint the back of a natural leaf and press it on the stand. This gives more of a natural look.Give some outlines with glitter.

You can also paint the pistachio shells.

Once all this dries, your beautiful pen stand is ready.

Pen stand with photo frames!

This is a great way of expressing love. You can gift this kind of pen stand to your close ones.

Things you need, to make this pen stand are:

6 hard cardboard pieces (preferably rectangular or little bigger than your photograph)

Glue tape or cello tape


paints, few photos(3)

transparent cover

Tissue paper or news paper strips

Here we go to make a wonderful pen stand.

Stick three rectangular card boards to make a triangle shape using a glue tape.cut out a triangular cardboard, the size of the base by measuring and stick it at the bottom using strong glue and tape.

add more tape and make it strong.

Paste tissue papers or news paper strips around 2-3 layers to make the cardboard strong using a thin liquid of glue and water. After this dries, paint the whole stand with good attractive colors. This is the base for your stand.

Now cut out the other 3 card boards in the middle that is the size of your photo or if the photo is too big for that cardboard, you can cut the edges of your photo but there should be at least 1-2cm gap left around your photo.

Paint all the three cut out cardboards with your favorite color and add glitter and designs to it. You can also stick small mirrors or beads.

Once this s dried, at the back of this cutout cardboard stick a transparent cover just covering the in between gap using tape.

Now the last part of your stand, Stick the three ready cardboard pieces onto the sides of your stand base.

You need to glue three sides leaving the above end free to insert the photographs.

let it dry and you can insert the photos in all the three frames of the pen stands.

Making this is fun and it also looks fantastic on the table.

Ice cream stick pen stands

This is another great way to make a nice pen stand. You only need very few things to make this.

Things you'll need:

Ice cream sticks or popsicle sticks

Strong glue.


This is quite simple. You need to stick the ends of an ice cream stick to another. First stick three sticks to form a triangle. Then, stick another stick like the consecutive sides of the triangle and continue the same in triangular shape by sticking them consecutively building the triangle till you reach the required height. Once this is dried, you can cut the sticks in the different shapes and you can make flowers as shown or stick dried flowers or just paint it and leave it like that only. You can also paint each stick in different color before pasting to give a different look or you can just leave it without painting to give a natural look.

I hope you enjoyed making these pen stands and happy with my article

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      anora hey wassup eveyone

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      bakwas penstand i write photo frame stand but there i see penstand

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It is superb first of all thank u very much becoz this is gonna help me in my art and craft exibition.All credits to u

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      starfairy lm 4 years ago

      @siobhanryan: Thank you so much for your angel blessings :)

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Brilliant -how to lens-Blessed

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      starfairy lm 4 years ago

      @techmom: thanks:)

      you can checkout if you are interested in pista shell art

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      techmom 4 years ago

      These are so cute! I would have never thought of using pistachio shells in that way!

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @malena10: ty:)

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @malena10: ty:)

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @akunsquidoku: ty :)

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Great lense, useful!

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      akunsquidoku 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done!

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @mumsgather: hey thanks

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Very creative. I know my granddaughter and her girl scout troop would enjoy this.

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @daniela12: thanks I checked out some of your lenses too and they are nice :)

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      daniela12 5 years ago

      I really love the ice cream stick pens stands!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      Very nice and practical craft. :)

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @Judy Filarecki: thanks, they sure will :)

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      starfairy lm 5 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: ty :)

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      What creative ideas to make these snazzy pen holders!

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      Mine are sitting in an old cup... time for me to get crafty too ;)