Catch of the day: make a pencil holder

Catch of the day: make a pencil holderMan 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 about Pike Place Market back in my hometown of Seattle. I picture it flying through the air at Pike Place Fish. Ah, the memories! I think this would make a surprise not only for a Seattlite who likes the market but also for the dude in your life. I mean, what do you get the guy that has everything? Learn how to make a pencil holder straight from Walter himself.
For the man in your life who enjoys fishing and needs some organization? How about making this simple holder for the office or workshop? It’s easy and I will show you how.

Step1These are some of the basic supplies you will need for this project:

Mod Podge Satin and Mod Podge Hard Coat
• 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ piece of wood
• Pencil
Mod Podge Tools
• 3/8″ wood drill bit
• Drill Press
• Ruler
X-Acto knife
• Tape Measure
Folk Art Paint – French Blue
• Self stick Rubber Pads (optional)
• Kilz Primer (optional)
• Some brushes
• 100 grit sandpaper and a small block of wood

Step2I primed my piece of wood because it was made of PINE and let it dry for about 25 minutes. I then covered the whole block with French Blue. Let it dry for 15 minutes.

Step3I created the images using some clip art from Dover “SEA LIFE” and manipulated the images in Adobe Photoshop. The images were created to fit my dimensions.

• Cut images with a Ruler and X-Acto
• Lay out cut images
• Decoupage the images onto the wood with Mod Podge
• Let dry for 15 minutes

Step4I sanded the edge for a rustic cottage, Cape Cod weathered look! I used a small piece of 100 grit sandpaper wrapped around a small piece of hard wood. This makes breaking the edge easy achieving the look I wanted (see photos for example; this step is optional).

Step5• Seal the whole piece with Hard Coat Mod Podge
• Let dry for about 25 minutes
• Measure and mark the spot with an awl or pencil
You decide how many holes you want? 1, 2, 3, etc. – I chose 7

Enter the drill press:
• I used a 3/8″ wood drill bit and drilled into each marked spot at 1 1/2″ deep.

Catch of the day: make a pencil holderWipe away any sawdust from the drill, add some rubber pads to the bottom (optional) and voila!

Use this handy organizer to display pencils, pens and markers in the office . . . or insert some handy tools like drill bits and craft knives for the studio. This project can be used in so many variations, using unlimited image resources for anyone. Try it!

Don’t forget to visit Walter’s Etsy shop – he’s actually got this little gem for sale if you don’t have time to make it and your man needs a gift.


  1. Holly says

    Somewhere I have piles of fishes I cut out! Never knew what I would do with them but I just like to cut sometimes for therapy reasons. LOL
    So I think this post is a super catch of the day and think I am going in search of those little fishes to try this project out for myself!! Good One!!!

  2. Walter Silva says

    Thanks, David and Creative Mind! It really is a useful project. Glad you like it.

  3. Anonymous says

    Mod Podger Walter, you have such a rockin’ creative mind! Love your whimsical, but useful take on a pensil holder – great for any fisherman’s desk and such a conversation piece – I love that you provide instructions so that we can make it ourselves! Great job!!!
    Anna Maria

  4. silly eagle books says

    This is awesome and I LOVE Man Podger’s name! How great–I”m off to check out his etsy shop. :)

  5. Vivienne @ the V Spot says

    This is fabulous! I love it and am going to have to make one!
    (was that too much? Sorry. couldn’t help it.)

  6. Blissmade Designs says

    Love your decoupaged project! Thanks for all the instructions, might have to give it a try!