December 13, 2018

‘Back to Cool’ With Crayon Pencil Holders

Back in my elementary school days, few things were as exciting as a brand-spanking-new pack of crayons. Lined up in the box like a multicolored picket fence, they promised hours of creative adventures. All these years later (I won’t say how many), I get to experience nostalgic fun with these pencil holders made of crayons. Super colorful yet practical, they make great desk organizers as well as teacher-appreciation gifts. 

What you’ll need:
8.5-ounce metal can
Double-sided tape

1. Wash an 8.5-ounce can and let it dry. The 8.5-ounce cans are the shorter ones that contain vegetables or fruit. I used a fruit cocktail can. Be careful when handling the rim of the can, as it can be sharp. Wrap double-sided tape around the can.

2. Line crayons vertically around the can, pressing them onto the double-sided tape to hold them steady. Position them with the points facing up. I needed 28 crayons to completely surround the can.

3. Tie or tape a ribbon around the crayons, as the double-sided tape alone is not enough to secure them to the can. I found this chalkboard-themed ribbon at Michaels, but any ribbon will work. You can even use a strip of colorful duct tape.

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at