The pen holder is an easy-to-make desk accessory but, depending on your ideas and commitment, it can also become an expensive piece of furniture.
Designing and creating a pen holder is one of the simplest DIY jobs to do , but that’s only partially true. In fact, there are different ways of approaching do-it-yourself creations , and it all depends on the basic motivations and the experience possessed; making an essentially simple object like a DIY pen holder, without using too complicated tools, for a child it can be an excellent exercise to develop creativity and manual skills while for an adult it could represent a way to spend free time in a useful and constructive way.
On the other hand, for those who have the hobby of craftsmanship, or for a simple DIY enthusiast who has gained a fair amount of experience in the use of more complex power tools, such as the lathe, the milling machine and the sanders , to design and implement of the penholder from the original desk using well-finished and finished materials of good quality, it is to have the opportunity to create an object that transcends the mere functional characteristics to become an element of artistic value.
DIY crafts for children
Children are capable of making original and decidedly functional DIY pen holders if they work hard, especially if they receive a little initial input from their parents; as we have also mentioned previously, in fact, this type of activity is ideal for developing children’s creativity and dexterity in a healthy way, and it is precisely on these two factors that parents must focus in providing the starting point for the project.
Here are some ideas for easy-to-make DIY desk pen holders that only require the use of tools readily available around the house: scissors, glue, tape, and colored markers.
As for the materials to be used, you have a wide choice, however, but as a container we do not recommend using the classic empty soda can because the thin aluminum foil would be potentially dangerous for the child, who could easily injure himself; it is much better to use a rigid plastic cup, instead, which can be transformed into a pen holder in various ways, let’s see how.
The plastic container can simply be sprinkled with glue on the outside and then lined with old decorated wrapping paper, but if you want to push your child’s brains out to come up with more original ideas, then you can get him a stack of colored cards; from these it will be enough to set aside one in black, pink or blue, to use as a primary coating, and then use the others to draw different shapes that can be cut and glued as desired on the pen holder, further personalizing it.
To develop dexterity in addition to creativity, however, nothing better than colored clays that harden naturally, drying when exposed to the air; these can be used both to create the external coating of the pen holder and to model other elements to be glued all around later.
Furthermore, once the plastic cup has been coated with colored clay, before it dries completely, you can apply small pieces of transparent colored plastic, small glass beads or even shells.
For this type of DIY pen holder you can also use old wooden clothespins, disassembled and deprived of the metal part, or other material that can be recycled according to the imagination. Do not neglect the use of old toys, moreover, which appropriately taken can be used to create extremely cute pen holders; the constructions represent the best material, especially the decorative elements and figures such as the Lego Dimensions characters , just to give an example.
The artistic pen holder
Now we will talk about how it is possible to make a wooden pen holder that is functional and at the same time valid for the market of artistic and furnishing objects. Also in this case we offer various ideas, in some cases simple to carry out, but in any case intended for more experienced hobbyists who have at least a belt sander , a lathe and other power tools suitable for more complex processes.
The first idea involves the use of a piece of solid wood of adequate size, which will have to be hewn to have an elongated hemispherical shape, like a hard-boiled egg cut lengthwise. Successively working with emery and chisel it will be possible to further refine the piece in order to give it a shape vaguely similar to that of a porcupine; some holes made on the back with the help of a milling machine, deep and wide enough to be able to insert a pen or pencil, will further complete the suggestion as once the pens are inserted, these will represent the “thorns”.
Another idea, however, is to make a composite pen holder in wood and resin, the latter offers the advantage of being able to use solid wood scraps of any type and color, including splinters. Once selected and collected, the scraps will be placed in a container made for the occasion with transparent acrylic plastic sheets; the scraps will be arranged in such a way as to leave more or less abundant spaces which will be subsequently filled by the resin casting.
The latter can be colored at will and prepared to be transparent or opaque, depending on the desired effect; once the block has hardened it can be modeled, carved and polished to perfection using the lathe.
Both of the ideas we have given as examples can be further developed; it is possible to do without resin, for example, and use only the wood scraps by cutting them into small squares with a trapezoidal section, so that they can be glued at the ends to form circles.
If the scraps have different colors it is even better, as the pieces of wood can be glued by alternating light and dark shades. Once several circles have been made, these can be glued together to reach a suitable length and then turned on a lathe to be shaped, sanded and polished.