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How to make a recycled pencil holder from plastic bottles

Create this fun and colorful recycled pencil holder using a plastic bottle and t-shirt yarn. Kids can give them as gifts or use them on their own desks.Create this fun and colorful recycled pencil holder using a plastic bottle and t-shirt yarn. Kids can give them as gifts or use them on their own desks.

Recycled Pencil Holder

Every once in a while, like almost every day, it rains here in Florida. That being said I’m often finding myself looking for something to do to keep the kids busy inside.

Buying a lot of crafting kits in the store can end up being very expensive. So I started looking through some really old crafting books, from like 1971 old. There were some unique ideas, but most of them were pretty dated.

This recycled pencil holder craft caught my attention. After a few tweaks, I was able to create one with J.

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Tips for making a DIY pencil holder using a plastic bottle.

  • Make sure you choose a plastic bottle that is thin. A heavy-duty bottle will make this project pretty difficult. 
  • Toss a basket of old t-shirts at your child and let them choose the colors.
  • It might be fun to incorporate some of your child’s favorite shirts, giving the pencil holder some additional value.

How to make a pencil holder with a bottle

Below is our step by step tutorial for creating this recycled pencil holder. Feel free to print it for easy reference.

Yield: 1 Bottle

How to make a recycled pencil holder

How to make a recycled pencil holder using a plastic bottle and t-shirt yarn. #twitchetts

This recycled pencil holder makes a great kid-made gift or back to school craft.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Materials

  • Empty water bottle
  • T-Shirt Yarn

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Start by carefully cutting down the side of your bottle. Leave about an inch at the bottom uncut. You want to end up with an odd number of strips.
  2. Tie off the end of your yarn and tuck it near the bottom of one of your cuts.
  3. Begin to weave in and out in and out around and around.
  4. Every few layers pushed down to tighten together.
  5. Keep going around the bottle. Switch colors as often as you want.
  6. Once you get about a half-inch from the top of the bottle, stop and tuck the end of the string down inside the bottle and through a couple of loops.
  7. Tuck the tabs into the t-shirt yarn to create an even top.



Notes

Tucking the top of the bottle may be a bit tricky for younger kids. Adult help may be needed.

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Christine Cox

Thursday 16th of October 2014

The t-shirt yarn is AWESOME!!!!

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Thursday 16th of October 2014

I know! I never throw old shirts away anymore... You can use them for all sorts of crafts!

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Wednesday 15th of October 2014

Oh, I love that! Such a cute, creative, frugal idea!! I'm sharing this post. :)

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Thursday 16th of October 2014

Thank you! I'm all about being frugal, especially with kids crafts! Thanks for the sharing :)

Theresa A

Wednesday 15th of October 2014

That is such a creative and fun idea! I love the vibrant colors. I am pinning it to my Kids' Crafts board.

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