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Craft For Kids: How To Make Pen Holders Out Of Recycled Materials

Updated on March 27, 2012

As early as possible, kids should be exposed to art. As parents, it is your responsibility to teach them the basics of crafts for kids through simple materials like paper, pencils and crayons. If you would notice, kids are fond of doodling on walls. This is an indication that they have a myriad of ideas inside their minds that are waiting to be unleashed. Instead of letting them vandalize your walls, give them some art supplies that they can use to draw and express what is inside their young imagination.

Aside from drawing on paper, you can also teach your kids to create useful crafts using recycled materials. One of the simplest craft for kids that they can do is a pen holder. Creating a pen holder is no sweat. You just need a handful of materials and you’re good to go.

Materials Needed:

  • Potato Chips Tube

  • Old Magazine


Reminder Parents!

  • Don’t let your kids handle sharp objects like scissors on their own. Craft for kids should also be guided accordingly.

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper (optional)
  • Colored Paper (optional)
  • Watercolor (optional)

Easy Steps

Step One. Get an empty tube of potato chips (small size) and clean it up. Wipe the grease inside using a damp piece of cloth. Then, dry it up using an unsoiled piece of cloth or tissue and set it aside.

Step Two. Look for old magazines (preferably those that contain beautiful pictures and advertisements) and look for pictures that you deem would look better as a cover of your pen holder. Magazines are glossy and colorful. This is the major reason why it is one of the best materials for crafts for kids.

Step Three. Once you have chosen a certain image, cut the page and measure. When you measure, simply leave the aluminum rim at the bottom of the tube uncovered. You may also save half inch allowance to completely cover the entire tube.

Step Four. After sizing is done, get a tube of glue and spread an ample amount on both ends of the magazine cutout. Stick the piece of magazine on the surface until it cover the whole tube. Make sure that the other end of the image would overlap another to conceal unnecessary details.

Step Five. Press the glued portion of your pen holder to make the surface firm and even. Then, wipe off some glue that leaked after the press. After that, leave the pen holder for a few hours to let it dry. Once the glue is all dried up, you can now put your pens, paint brushes and other art materials inside your simple yet wonderful creation.

Additional Tips

  • In lieu of magazine images, you can use white construction paper. Your kids can turn this pen holder into your canvas where you can draw what you want to draw.
  • Aside from white construction paper, you can also use colors paper.
  • If your kids wouldn’t like to draw, they can simply use colored paper, cut it into different shapes and paste it onto the surface.
  • Craft making is a good parent-kid bonding activity. Make time for it so your kids will have something to look forward to. This will not just inch you closer to your kids as they grow up; you are also able to enrich their creative skills and talent.
  • Such activity will teach them the value of things as early as possible. This is the time when you can enlighten them about the essence of recycling to people and the world we live in.
  • If you want to make craft-making as a habit, you may set up an area in your house where you can do art creation alone. This can also be an area where kids can study their lessons.


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      riya 3 years ago

      Very good site . Thanks

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Interesting! I used to do the same using empty peanut butter jars but instead of pasting the cut-out magazines, I simply inserted it inside the jar. I also have experimented by placing random photos inside the jar and voila, I have an instant photo frame and pen holder at the same time. Pity, I didn't take a picture of them before moving to a new home. :(

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      Again, Thank you sheila! So true. Easy and ideal for the boring rainy days :)

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Splendid hub What a great idea. And what a great craft for kids on rainy days.

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH


      Hey kidscrafts! Thank you for reading this hub. I am glad that you appreciated it. True, association of art to learning is very essential to kids' development! :)

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      kidscrafts 6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I totally agree with you! I find that kids learn more easily if they can associate that with an art project. As a teacher, I often do an art activity to either learn something related with either the language, or sciences, or math, etc. It makes learning more fun :-)

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH


      Wow, nice suggestions you have there! I will definitely try it and hopefully create a hub about it as well. Thank you for dropping by Tonipet. I am so happy to know that you read and appreciated my craft :)

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      Tonette Fornillos 6 years ago from The City of Generals

      This one is perfect for school break. I showed this to the small kids and they just can't help get excited. They even suggested using the same for their toy boxes and garbage can! Surely, they'll start to look at mags (old and new) as things invaluable. A very helpful hub mother nature would thank you. THANK YOU for helping save mother earth! Blessings!

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      @Eiddwen- that is so nice to hear Eddy! Your grandchildren are so blessed to have you! :) BTW, I love kids, please say hi for me :)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I love being creative with my grandchildren so this one has to have a bookmark.

      Thank you for sharing and I wish you a wonderful day.


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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      @valleyforge84- hey there! I am glad that you share the same fire with me. I love kiddie crafts as well. Thank you for reading! :)

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      valleyforge84 6 years ago

      Useful. I love craft ideas for kids thanks!