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    #DIYLife: 5 Creative Ways Of Making A Pen Holder At Home

    With work and school becoming home-based on account of the Coronavirus, many households have had to set up designated desk areas. One very essential requisite for any desk is the modest pen stand. Learning how to make a pen stand will enable you to keep essential stationery in one place so you don’t have to go hunting for a pencil/pen in the middle of that important lecture or business meeting. Creating a DIY pen holder is a great idea because these holders are sustainable and inexpensive.

    Most of us learnt how to make a pen stand with cardboard while we were in school. Although that basic pen stand would do just fine, there are multiple other ways of making a DIY pen stand with things you would easily find at home. Once you know how to make a pen holder using basic craft techniques, you can use your own creativity to come up with innovative and personalised DIY pen holder designs.

    5 Ways To Make A Pen Holder Using Easy-To-Source Materials

    1. Pen Stand With Bangles

    Got a lot of bangles lying around at home? Learn how to make a pen stand with bangles and put them to good use. This pen stand can be made in many different colour combinations so it can lend a cheerful pop of colour to your desk.

    You Will Need:

    • 6-8 old bangles
    • Yarn (in one or multiple colours)
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Card paper
    • Chart paper
    • Pearl beads (optional)

    Method:

    1. Cut a long string of yarn and make a loop around the bangle. 
    2. Keep on repeating the process until the diameter of the bangle is covered in yarn.
    3. Secure the yarn with a knot and cut off the excess ends.
    4. Repeat the same process with the remaining bangles.
    5. Cut the card paper to match the size of the bangle.
    6. Cut the chart paper in a slightly bigger size and stick the chart paper to the card paper.
    7. The card paper should now be covered with the chart paper on one side.
    8. Cut another chart paper circle and stick it to the other end of the card paper.
    9. Use glue to stick one bangle on top of the prepared card paper circle.
    10. Use glue on four equidistant ends of the bangle and stick 4 pearl beads. 

    (You can choose to skip this step and go on sticking the yarn covered bangles on top of one another.) 

    1. Apply glue on top of the four pearls and stick another bangle on top.
    2. Continue the process till you reach the desired length of the pen holder.

    2. Pen Stand With Paper

    There are spare paper sheets in every household. Once you know how to make a pen stand with paper, you will never have to spend money on buying a pen holder again. There are many different ways of making a DIY pen holder using paper, making it possible for everyone to create something fun and unique.

    You Will Need:

    • Chart paper
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Card paper

    Method:

    1. Cut the chart paper into a strip measuring 28cmX7cm.
    2. Place a pencil diagonally over the chart paper and roll the paper over the pencil till you reach the end of the paper length.
    3. Remove the pencil from within and secure the ends of the paper with glue.
    4. Cut the edges of the paper so it looks like a straw.
    5. Put pencil markings at the 8cm, 16cm and 24cm points on the chart paper.
    6. Bend the chart paper at all these points and glue both the edges together to form a triangle.
    7. Make multiple such triangles with different chart papers.
    8. Cut a piece of card paper in the size of the triangle formed with the chart paper.
    9. Cut the chart paper in a slightly bigger size and stick it on the card paper.
    10. The card paper should now be covered with the chart paper on one side.
    11. Cut another chart paper triangle and stick it to the other end of the card paper.
    12. Stick one of the chart paper triangles on the card paper with the help of glue.
    13. Apply glue and stick the second chart paper triangle in an inverted manner to form a star.
    14. Continue stacking the chart paper triangles following the same pattern until the desired height is reached.

    3. Pen Stand With Ice Cream Sticks

    Icecream sticks are one of the most versatile craft materials. People who have had the experience of creating craft projects with ice cream sticks will learn how to make a pen stand with ice cream sticks in a jiffy. You can use your creativity to make your ice cream stick pen holder as elaborate or as simple as you prefer.

    You Will Need:

    • An empty toilet paper roll
    • Ice cream sticks
    • Glue gun
    • Poster colours (optional)
    • Painting brush (for painting the ice cream sticks)

    Method:

    1. Colour the ice cream sticks in the colours of your choice and let them dry. (You can skip this step if you do not want a colourful pen holder.)
    2. Place 9 ice cream sticks next to each other. 
    3. Apply glue on two more ice cream sticks and stick them across the horizontal ends of the arranged sticks to secure them together.
    4. Place this base upside down so that the two sticks securing it are facing down.
    5. Take the empty toilet paper roll and stick ice cream sticks to the external area of the roll until fully covered.
    6. Place the toilet paper roll in the centre of the base prepared and trace its shape with a pencil.
    7. Apply glue on top of the traced circle and place the toilet paper roll on top of it.

    4. Pen Stand With Cardboard

    Many craft teachers choose to teach children how to make a pen stand with a variety of materials. Amongst these, the most commonly used material is cardboard. Cardboard pen stands are the easiest pen stands to make. At the same time, they are durable, attractive and eco friendly.

    You Will Need:

    • Cardboard
    • Chart paper
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Thermocol balls

    Method:

    1. Cut the cardboard into 4 equal-sized rectangles. (The size of the rectangles will depend on the desired size of the pen holder.)
    2. Glue the rectangles together to form a box.
    3. Stick chart paper of your choice to the outside of the prepared box.
    4. Measure and cut the cardboard in the shape of a square to form the base of the pen holder.
    5. Cut a thick strip of chart paper and stick four rectangular pieces of cardboard to its centre, keeping small distances between them.
    6. Place the strip on the top of the rectangular box in a way that it forms the upper border of the pen holder.
    7. Stick thermocol balls on the prepared pen holder in the pattern of your choice.

    5. Pen Stand With Plastic Bottle

    Knowing how to make a pen stand with a bottle is a great way to prevent yourself from throwing away plastic bottles and saving the environment. These pen stands can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the kind of plastic bottles available to you. The below-mentioned technique is the best option for people who are wondering how to make an easy pen stand with a plastic bottle.

    You Will Need:

    • Plastic bottle
    • Hot iron
    • Glitter powder
    • Painting brush (to apply glue)
    • Glue
    • Masking tape
    • Cutter 

    Method:

    1. Take an empty and clean plastic water bottle and cut it from the centre with the help of a cutter.
    2. Place the open side of the lower end of the bottle on a hot iron to smoothen the sharp edges.
    3. Stick masking tape on the bottle to form a striped pattern.
    4. Apply glue all over the sides of the bottle.
    5. Sprinkle glitter powder on top of the glue and leave it to dry.
    6. Remove the masking tape.

    Irrespective of whether you have a work desk or your dining tables doubles up as your desk, it is necessary to keep that space neat, organised and stocked with essential stationery. The best part about making your own DIY pen stand is that you end up with something that reflects your tastes and is perfectly suited for your requirements. Learning how to make a pen holder can also be a great family bonding activity that helps the kids create utility items like these and make productive use of their time. A handmade pencil holder would also make for an amazing gift for your loved ones.

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