Turn a recycled jar into a cute DIY pencil holder in just a few steps! This pencil cup is easy and you probably have the supplies on hand.
Skills Required: Beginner. You'll be using paint on glass and then Mod Podging scrapbook paper onto it. Anyone can do this project, including children.
Do you have a college-bound student that may need a cheap desk accessory for their dorm room? Or do you need an idea for a back-to-school teacher gift? Raid your recyclables and make a practically free DIY pencil holder. You can customize this pencil cup idea so many ways!
After my hubby and I polished off some chips and salsa recently. . . I saved the salsa jar to make this fun craft! The nice thing is that I had all of the supplies in my stash. This pencil cup is actually a perfect way to use up items in your stash without buying anything. You just need paint, a few sheets (even scraps!) of paper, and Mod Podge.
Before I show you how to decorate your pencil cup, I wanted to give you a few tips on making this project. Hopefully these will lead you to DIY pencil holder success!
Removing Labels and Cleaning the Jar
Before you get started, you'll need to remove the labels from your jar. I recommend some of the non-toxic methods in my DIY sticker remover post. Several readers shared their favorite methods and they work well!
Since you'll be painting the inside of the jar, you should make sure that it's completely clean so that the paint sticks well. You can do this by washing the inside of the jar with a mild soap and letting dry. Another option that I use here is to clean the glass with alcohol.
Paint to Use
Painting Your Pencil Cup
You're going to paint the inside of your DIY pencil holder. You can paint the outside if you like, but I find painting the inside of a jar looks more clean! Two important things to remember about painting glass:
- Use a soft bristled brush. I like taklon brushes and I get all of mine at Michaels
- Let the paint dry completely between coats; if you paint over glass paint and it's not dry, you'll take up what you just painted
Are you ready to get to the pencil cup project instructions? Keep reading below!
Easy DIY Pencil Holder
Gather These Supplies
- Glass jar to fit your pencils
- Mod Podge Gloss or Satin
- Enamel/glass paint
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Decorative paper, 2 patterns
- Sealant spray
Remove any labels and clean your jar thoroughly. Using a rag, wipe the inside of the glass with alcohol and air dry.
Pour paint into the jar and then use a paint brush to spread a thin coat of paint to the inside surfaces of the glass. Turn the jar upside down over a paper towel to allow any excess paint to drip out. Allow that coat to dry and apply another layer as needed.
Dry and cure the paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sometimes the glass paint can air-cure over several weeks OR can be placed in the oven to set the paint.
Cut a panel of your favorite paper to fit around the center of the jar. Cut a narrower piece of paper for another accent, if desired.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the jar and wrap and press the paper panel on top of it. Smooth out any bubbles as the glue dries. If you find your paper keeps popping up, you might want to use a few rubber bands to keep it in place. Let it dry.
Apply a coat of decoupage over that paper and lay the second, smaller piece of paper on top.
Smooth out any bubbles and allow both panels of paper to dry. Brush on 1-2 more coats of decoupage over the paper to seal it. Once dry, you can protect the decoupage by flipping the jar upside down and sealing it with a clear enamel spray.
Use your fun new DIY pencil holder on your desk at home . . . or fill it with a bunch of pens, pencils and other supplies to give to a teacher you know!
If you like recycled crafts, there's plenty more where that came from! Break out your bottle of decoupage medium and click the image below: