Emilie Bier Do it Your Self

Make a pencil holder-Looks Good, for cheap

You know, like a pencil holder – the perfect gift idea! You can make it with scrap wood, and insert any image you like, with Mod-smorgasbord.
man Podger Walter has done a project that reminds me of something special close to home. His catch of the day pencil holder makes me think back about the Pike Place Market in my hometown of Seattle.
I picture you flying through the air in the Pike Place Fish. Oh, the memories! I don't think that would be a surprise only for a Seattlite who likes the market, but also for the dude in your life.
I mean, what do you get the man who has everything? You know, like a pencil holder directly from Walter.


For the man in your life enjoys fishing and is in need of an organization? How about this simple holder for the office or in the workshop? It’s simple and I'll show you how.

Make a pencil holder
These are some of the basic supplies you need for this project:

Mod smorgasbord of Satin and Mod smorgasbord of Hard Coat
8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Piece of wood
Mod hodgepodge of Tools
3/8″ wood drill bit
drilling machine
X-Acto knife
tape measure
Folk Art Paint – French Blue
Self-stick rubber pads (optional)
Kilz Primer (optional)
100 sandpaper and a small block of wood

I primed my piece of wood with Kilz, because it was made of pine, then let it dry for about 25 minutes. I was then the whole block with French Blue. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
I have the pictures with some clip art by Dover “SEA LIFE” and manipulated the images in Adobe Photoshop. The images were created to my measurements to fit.

Cut the images with a ruler and X-Acto
and cut out images
Decoupage the pictures to the wood with Mod-hodgepodge
to Dry for 15 minutes

I sanded the edge for a rustic cottage, Cape Cod weathered look! I wrapped a small piece of 100-grit sandpaper to a small piece of hard wood.
to break, This makes the edge easy to achieve the look I wanted (see photos, for example; this step is optional).

Seal the whole piece with Hard-Coat Mod-hodgepodge
let it Dry for about 25 minutes
measure and mark the location with an awl or a pencil
you decide how many holes you want? 1, 2, 3, etc. – I chose 7

you Give the drill press:
I used a 3/8″ wood drill bit and drilled in each marked position on a 1 1/2″ deep.
Wipe the sawdust from the drill, add some rubber pads on the bottom (optional), and voila!
With this handy organizer display pencils, pens and markers in the mail . . . or add some practical tools, such as drill and craft knife for the studio.
This project can be used in so many variants, with unlimited picture resources for everyone. Give it a try!
Don’t forget to visit you Walter’s Etsy shop – he’s actually, this little gem came up for sale, if you don’t have time to make it, and your husband has to gift.

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