You may recognize this picture from my “Decorating Your Homeschool Area” post. My four-year-old, Pumpkin, and I made this adorable container a few weeks ago and she has been using (read: abusing!) is ever since. It has held up beautifully and shows no signs of wear-and-tear! It’s being used to hold school and art supplies, such as markers, colored pencils, crayons and paintbrushes. Wouldn’t you like to make one?
What You’ll Need
- Any shape container (circle, square, oval, rectangle) with sides that are perpendicular to the table (meaning they aren’t angled in or out). It must be at least half the height of the pencils you will be using.
- Pencils: They must be unsharpened (otherwise you’ll have a weapon, not a container!), but feel free to get really cheap ones. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t the best for writing.
- Ribbon that will go all the way around the container. This is a great way to use up little leftover bits of ribbon from other projects!
- Glue: I really like Aleene’s Tacky Glue for this kind of thing, but feel free to use whatever you like.
- Picture mounting tape: It’s double-sided strong adhesive tape that can be easily cut and positioned.
- Scissors: Are there really any crafts that don’t call for a pair of scissors??
What To Do
- Circle the top and bottom of the container with the picture mounting tape.
- Carefully press the first pencil against the tape, making sure that it is not tilted either direction. Continue to apply pencils, working your way all the way around the container.
- Measure the ribbon and apply some glue all the way across the underside of the ribbon, then carefully wrap it around the container.
That’s it! Once the glue is dry you can fill it up with treasures!