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DIY tin can pen holder for the time pressed parent!

Psychedelic DIY tin can pen holder

1) How could something so warped and twisted…

Psychedelic DIY tin can pen holder - closeup

2) …be so cool?!

I love it when my boys draw, but I don’t love tidying up their felt-tip pens afterwards (most of which are normally on the floor). This week’s 5 minute craft project, a rather psychedelic looking DIY tin can pen holder, will hopefully encourage them to tidy up their own pens – I can live in hope!

As you can see, from the photos above, I was trying to give the impression that the bottom of the pens had warped and twisted. I’m not sure how obvious that illusion is, but I think the design is still striking in its own right. In fact, I like it so much I’ve been toying with idea of printing it onto a mug, stay tuned!

How to make your own psychedelic DIY tin can pen holder

If you’d like to make one, I have made the artwork available for download (link below). All you’ll need to do is print it out and wrap it around an old tin can. You may want to add a false bottom to lift the pens a little higher, it helps with the illusion, just follow the instructions below!

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a DIY tin can pen holder

Download printables and instructions›

1) Collectable instructions – useful and they look good
2) Colour artwork – just print it out and stick it on
543 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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I’d like to say a big thank you to Sister Diane from Craftypod – she ran this very flattering post a few weeks ago. Diane has been a tremendous support over the years, a sort of blogging mentor. You must go check out her website, she offers awesome advice to crafty bloggers!

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18 thoughts on “DIY tin can pen holder for the time pressed parent!

  1. Very creative! I recycle and up-purpose as much trash as possible, and this looks like a good project.
    I may make several, in various sizes, to store such things as pens and pencils on my husband’s desk, screwdrivers and paintbrushes. I might use a plastic container and make a caddy for cooking utensils and wooden spoons.

    Thanks for the idea!

  2. This is ace Scott – very funky and cheerful. Our pens are forever drying up cos they are never put away properly. Hopefully this will solve the problem! Your a clever chap 😉 Good luck with the webby awards! I voted for you – just in the nick of time – hurray!!

    • Hi Kate, I’m glad you think my pen holder is funky – coming from the queen of funky and cheerful, I take that as a special compliment! And thanks for the vote! Scott

  3. WOW WOW and one more time WOW ! Your blog is amazing and give so many ideas which I can use during I’m dealing with my friend’s kids. and this fantastic and elaborate drawings mmmm 😀 keep at it ! I can’ wait for next post. :)

  4. Love this post, love your blog, please keep at it! Although I only found your blog a few weeks ago, it immediately became a firm favourite. I have just voted for you in the Webby Awards too. Keep up the creativity – you are an inspiration. . .

    • Hi Kate, It’s great to ‘meet’ (so to speak) some of the people who visit my blog regularly – thanks for the vote and thanks for the encouragement. Scott

  5. I found your blog via Diane’s post, and I love everything about it! I’m glad she was there for you, because it would be a shame for you to quit blogging! (P.S. – voted for you on the webby awards! Good luck!)

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