Get Organised With A DIY Pencil Pot

DIY pencil pot

It seems that everyone is out of summer mode and getting organised with work and education again.  This always means that we like to organise and prepared for what the autumn and winter will bring.  We always seem to lose pens and pencils in our house so the boys and I made this sweet little pen pot with mini ‘abacus’.

DIY pencil pot

You will need:

Paper mache pot (or toilet roll tube with base sellotaped on)


Plastic string


Decorative gems



  • Glue the pot and stick the fabric onto the card surface, let it dry.
  • Cut any excess fabric off and press down edges.

DIY pencil pot

  • Glue on any gems for decoration.
  • Thread beads onto the plastic thread (10 is a good number for younger children to count)

DIY pencil pot

  • Tie the threaded beads around the pot to be used as a mini abacus for practicing maths skills.
  • Add your pens or pencils.

DIY pencil pot

Have you been getting organised?

J x

* We were sent craft items through Bostik bloggers, however all opinions are my own.



  1. September 12, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    Oh I love it! Really nice and colourful and I love the abacus, they’re so good for counting. My youngest learnt to count on an abacus without us even noticing because she was playing with it with her sister. It shocked me a bit when she suddenly counted to 10!

  2. September 13, 2016 / 12:40 am

    such a simple but cost effective and colourful idea!

  3. September 13, 2016 / 7:54 am

    This is so cute. I used to make these all the time when my kids were little. Love the gem. #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  4. September 13, 2016 / 11:30 am

    #ToddlerApprovedTuesday love these Bodhi made one at a summer holiday arts & craft day we need to make about 100 more tho for all of our pens and bits & bobs !!

  5. September 13, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    I love anything that adds a splash of colour 🙂
    Great job x

  6. September 19, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    oh god we have pens EVERYWHERE! and Jack loves to find them and draw on the nearest thing possible with them. This is such a cute craft. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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