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{Crafting Ideas} Twig Pencil Holder

Updated on October 28, 2014
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Upcycle, Nature Inspired Crafting Ideas for Kids and Adults

Crafting with upcycled supplies is a great way to teach children about reusing the items we already have. Take your child out on a nature walk and see what inspiration Mother Nature gives.

Here's a quick and easy project you can make with your child for pens and pencils. You just need a few simply supplies and nature.

If your child is under the age of 13 Adult supervision is required due to the hot glue gun and saw.

An alternative to using the glue gun is to use a couple of rubber bands to secure the twigs. Wrap some twine around the can, tie into place and then remove the rubber bands.

Art & Nature Supplies Needed:

Making the Twig Pencil Holder

  • Twigs and Sticks gathered from your yard or a nature walk
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tin can
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Saw
  • Adult Supervision is Recommended for children under 13 years of age

Step 1: Gather Your Sticks and Twigs

Go on a nature walk in your neighborhood. Gather any sticks and twigs you see on the sidewalk. This is a fun activity to do with children. It will take a little longer as they explore each and every inch of their world but the memories you will make are worth it.

You'll want a good selection in varying sizes. The straighter the stick the better.

Step 2: Prepare Your Tin Can

You'll want a tin can that has smooth edges. Remove any glue and paper and wash the can.

Measure your can with a tape measure and keep this measurement handy.

Step 3: Measure and Cut Your Twigs

Using the measurement from step 2 mark this on your twigs. Using a saw, safety gloves, and safety goggles cut your sticks to fit the tin can.

The ones used in this sample were approximately 4 1/2" inches tall.

Step 4: Get Your Glue Gun Ready

Gather a few glue sticks and heat up your glue gun. The next step you'll want to be quick as it drys fast.

Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves especially if you are allowing children to participate.

Step 5: Start Your Glue Guns and Get Sticking

You can glue the sticks on individually by adding the glue to each stick OR you can glue a section of the can and add sticks quickly.

I started by gluing the larger sticks in place. Once I had the can pretty much covered I used the thinner sticks to fill in the gaps.

How Do You Use Nature in Your Upcycle Crafts?

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      Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you for the Squid Blessings

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Easy cheap and fun! *blessed

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @Jogalog: Nature is a great inspiration for all things crafty. Shells, rocks, sticks, leaves, nuts, etc.. It's all good.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I used to love making things with dried leaves and flowers when I was a child. I'd now like to begin being more crafty and I love the idea of this pencil holder.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @Diana Wenzel: It's a great way to reuse what you already have around the house and/or neighborhood. thanks for visiting.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love making furniture, craft items, signs, and stair railings from twigs, logs, branches, and other natural treasures. Found treasures are the best. Upcycling is creative, cost-effective, and fun. Thanks for sharing this project.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @nicenet: Pretty cool.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @nicenet: If you use a tea light inside the tin can it shouldn't burn it. You should of course always watch the candle when burning. :)

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      nicey 5 years ago

      @MomwithAHook LM: That' s another good idea. I'll give it a try at home but won't the light burn the wood?

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      nicey 5 years ago

      I once used broom sticks made from palm leaves to make a small house on paper.

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Fascinating Ideas - amazing what one can do with stuff around your house .

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @Freestuffer LM: That would be nice. When my son was in grade school, they sliced cypress trees and then drilled holes in the middle to make a candle holder.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @Wednesday-Elf: Excellent idea. I'm thinking cinnamon sticks would be great to use as well. I've even seen rolled up magazines glue to tin cans in a rainbow of colors.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love bringing nature indoors. Right now I've got maple leaves to use... all pressed and ready. The twig pencil holder is something I'll do. Thanks!

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @rattie lm: Thank you. Glad you liked it and I sure hope some more people use this idea with their own children.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @Linda BookLady: Great. The leaves are a great way to bring nature indoors for Autumn. Acorns, twigs and leaves make great little 'people'.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Exactly. I've been seeing pictures of them on Pinterest so I knew it was something I had to do.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @Wednesday-Elf: I know huh? I haven't tried them yet but do admire the ones I've seen.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @olmpal: Thank you. Glad you liked it.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @RavenRunner: I like them. It's one way to bring nature indoors.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @Tom Maybrier: Aww, thank you. Can't see how someone would pay that much for it though. :)

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @treehousebrando1: A treehouse theme sounds great. You could do this same thing to a frame and then add a photo or piece of art to it.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @tobydavis: The country is a great inspirational gem. Hope you get to experiment with lots of projects.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank You.

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      Freestuffer LM 5 years ago

      Very creative! I used old tree trunk, varnish it and display it on our living room. Very nice lens :)

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      Howcanigetagirl 5 years ago

      I did something similar to this with sea shells and a plant pot with my kids. There is something so relaxing and satisfying about doing this stuff. Great lens.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      CREATIVE! - BLESSED :)

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I need to learn up-cycling

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      No, but I love the idea of it... I've just moved out into the countryside - time to keep an eye out for some inspiring creative ideas!

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      treehousebrando1 5 years ago

      Nice idea. This would look good in my workplace. It's a treehouse theme. I might have to do something like this in my free time. Thanks for the idea!

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      Sometimes I do. This is a great little project to do with kids - I love it :o)

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      Yup, this would definitely sell for at least 15 bucks in the hipster shops of SF =]

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Thank you for the idea! This Twig country style pencil holder looks nice!

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      RavenRunner 5 years ago

      I generally don't craft (or upcycle for that matter) because I just don't make the time. But if I did, I would certainly use a lot of woody limbs!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had made one of your twig pencil holders years ago...many years ago, so I smiled when I saw yours that looks just the same. The are such a cool was to bring a little of the outdoors in and also makes such good use of the twigs you pick up in the yard...and you can make them in any size you want to contain other things as well to neat up your surfaces with a natural look.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This is a clever, and really easy, craft for kids to do, and a fun activity parents can have with their children. For the Christmas Season, they could turn these Twig Pencil Holders into 'Candy Cane Holders' and the like, perhaps for individual place settings at the holiday dinner table that the relatives and friends could take home with them after dinner and use for 'pencil' holders. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @MomwithAHook LM: Oh.... crochet covered rocks.... now you're talking! :)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I like these Twig Pencil Holders

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      rattie lm 5 years ago

      Terrific idea for procedural text for children, and at the end of the day, they make a pencil holder. Love it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens :)

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @recyclinrob: stones would be nice to use in décor. I've seen painted rocks and crocheted covered rocks.

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      recyclinrob 5 years ago

      I like to use rocks and it's so peaceful going for a walk in the park down by the stream to find just the right stone(s) to use.