This clever pencil cup holder is an easy craft for kids to make and is a great gift for Father's Day.
It is made using empty toilet paper rolls and some cardboard. It is inexpensive, made out of recycled materials, and is easy to make! What more can you ask for?
Dad will love to take this to the office to hold his pens, pencils, and scissors. And since it was homemade, it will be even more special!
1. Begin the by cutting a small strip (about 1 inch wide) out of each toilet paper tube.
2. Staple the four tubes together, as shown, to make a four leaf clover shape.
3. Cut out a circle from the heavy cardboard. You want this circle to be bigger than the pencil cup holder since it will be the base. Then, place the tubes on top of this circle, and with a pencil trace the outline of the tubes onto the circle (I traced along the inside, as shown below, but you can also trace around the outside, which will be much easier!)
4. Add a thick strip of glue all along the design you traced. Don't be afraid to use a lot, because it dries clear! Then, squish the toilet paper rolls on top of the glue and allow this to dry very well before painting.
5. The tubes can now be painted in any way you like.
The pencil cup looks best when you paint the
interior of the tubes a solid color. Make sure to paint the
base too. Other ideas are to decorate it with markers,
stickers, decoupage, or try gluing small stones all over it!
This is the real creative part to make it your own, and
special for your dad. If you would like to see how I painted my design,
keep on reading below.
Begin by using black paint, and paint a few designs on the tubes every so often. I use a straight line, a squiggle line, triangles, dots, and stars.
Next, outline each shape with blue paint. Then,
outline each blue shape with green. You can use as many
colors as you wish. When you are finished, start again with
the original color (in this case, black) and repeat the order.
When you get to the point where the shapes are
getting so large they are going to intersect, just allow them to meld
together and wrap around the new outline this creates when you do your
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