Chipper Recycle Craft: Funky Pen and Pencil Holder

It’s just about time for the kids to start heading back to school! Stay ahead of the game in your child’s education and prepare yourselves for the transition back into the space of institutional learning.

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confidence, and performance both socially and academically. The transition back to school can be difficult for both children and parents after a long summer of broken routines and various trips. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activity, structure, and, for some, pressures associated with school life.

To help excite your children about transitioning back into the space of institutional learning is a fun recycle craft—a funky pen and pencil holder! With back-to-school comes the inevitable back-to-school shopping. Not only is this craft low-budget, it is also customizable! Creating a great desktop pencil holder will help a child feel proud of their unique product and will ground them at their desk at school.

Here’s what you need besides some markers and scissors:


1. Choose your color scheme.

2. Using scissors, cut out strips of colored duct tape

3. Using markers and glitter, customize the exterior of your pen and pencil holder by coloring on the duct tape. Using scissors, cut out designs from the duct tape.






Variations: This craft can really be created from any household items. Buttons, sequins, ribbon, etc. can all be used to customize the pen and pencil holder! The possibilities are endless. Moreover, a divide can even be put inside the holder. Adhere two pieces of tape together and adhere the ends to the sides and bottom of the can like so.


Recycle crafts are great because they repurpose items that you already have lying around the house. Tin cans, from soup cans, coffee cans, etc. can be used in many fun ways, like this herb garden!


Let’s Go Chipper for Back to School—It’s in the can!