How to Make a Pen Holder

How to Make a Pen Holder with materials at home

Welcome to my tutorial on how to make a pen holder!  This is a super easy crafty idea to do with the kids.  

As the school year will soon be upon us, I did this craft with my kids for them to keep their pens/pencils and such in one place for when they sit at their desks they can have what they need handy. (This doesn’t take away from the fact that they have 2 massive bins full of markers, crayons, pencil crayons, and whatnot. This is just to help them stay organized and make them feel a bit more grown-up).


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What You Need:

  1. An empty tissue box – or any small box that you have laying around.
  2. Several empty rolls of toilet paper.
  3. Craft paper
  4. Glue or two-sided tape
  5. Paint

Let's Begin!

Make the Pen Holder Base

First, we need to cut our tissue box in half.  After cutting it, I  compared the toilet rolls with the 1/2 box and decided to trim the box a more so that you could see the tubes of toilet paper.  Mine is 3 inches in height.

pen holder base

I measured the sides and size of the box and pre-cut a piece of card stock to the size I needed.  This was done using my Cricut, but you can do this by hand.  I thought the tissue box needed some more character and this one side still has the slot where the tissues come out.  This is the design I made.

pen holder template

My kids to help tape the paper onto the box to give it a nice finish.  I used two-sided tape as I ran out of my glue tape, which I would have used otherwise.

I applied 4 pieces on the outside to hold the box together and 4 on the inside flaps.

apply tape 1
apply tape 2

Paint the Toilet Paper Rolls

The tissue box fits 3 toilet rolls in it nicely, so I had my kids do a craft session of painting the toilet roles.  

holder tubes
holder tubes

Assemble the Pen Holder

Put all the toilet paper rolls into the box.  You can glue the bottom of the toilet rolls to keep them in place.  This will keep them from moving once you have the pens in place.


And That's It! You're Done!

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