Jan 13, 2012

DIY: Pencil Holder

Inspired by this pin, I borrowed a drill from a guy friend of mine and attempted to create my own pencil holder a few weeks ago (in the midst of finals). At first, I stared at the drill for about a good 10 minutes trying to figuring out how it worked. I even made a phone call to another guy friend of mine, but really, how could he help over the phone? Then I proceeded to give it a shot (by putting a lot of pressure) and broke a 9/64 drill bit (it's one of the tiniest ones). Why did I try to drill this into this big block of wood? Don't ask and don't worry, I replaced it :]

After getting the hang of putting the right amount of pressure and angling the drill the right way, I finally was able to drill some holes using the 3/32 drill bit. After the wood chips all over my living room floor, I decided to move my project OUTside and thus, success! It was time consuming and my hand cramped up a bit, but overall, it was a successful DIY! I found the piece of wood while shooting my friend's save the date photos and therefore (without the cost of replacing the drill bit, which was $1.94), the project would've cost nothing!

I plan on using the pencil holder for some new art pens I've had my eyes on :)
Did you do any DIY projects recently?


  1. lol brave girl.. it always makes me nervous tackling power tools.. one of these days, i shall overcome my fear! your pencil holder looks great btw :D i love it!

  2. Seriously girl, you cook, you take pictures AND you can use a drill?!! World's perfect lady right here :D

  3. This is actually the coolest DIY! I definitely need to organize my desk space (Everything is in piles.... sooo cluttered!) I might just do something like this :)


  4. What a neat idea! I have seen something like this before but never a tutorial. Now that I've seen it, it looks so easy. Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. So cute. I wanna make one!

  6. This is such an awesome pencil holder! When I made my jewelry stand I had to use a power drill and it was a pain in the but not just the tool but the wood I used was oak which is a harder wood then most. It took forever but the jewelry stand looked awesome. I haven't done any new diy's but I'm in the process of making a cork board magnet to hang up all my coupons and take out menus. I just need some cork!!

    xo Amber P.

  7. I totally commend you. Are you worried about splinters? I'm super clumsy, so I KNOW I'd get a splinter. Or five, haha. But great job, Melissa!

  8. Amazing project! This is the cutest blog I have seen in the longest time, new fan!



  9. Such a wonderful idea! I am going to have to try this!

  10. i love this idea! so simple yet it looks so modern zen minimalist! ... whatever that means! haha

  11. Hey girl,
    LOVE the diy!

    Also, I stole a button!

    Biggest love,
    Victoria from Unlock Your World