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Do It Yourself: Leather Pencil Holder

Lately, I’ve had the itch to incorporate leather into some of my DIY crafting projects (Thanks to Melissa!).  So, when I started brainstorming this Back-To-School colored pencil holder I knew I had to use leather somehow (side note: if you don’t have leather you could use felt for this project instead).

When all was said and done, I spent less than $5 on this little craft.  Not bad for something durable, unique, and handmade.  Dallan liked the end result so much, I’m considering making him one for his charcoal pencils.

Here’s how this little project goes:

Materials for DIY leather pencil holder


  1. Mark where you would like to make the slits for your colored pencils. You’ll need two slits (about 1/3 inch in length) at the bottom of your colored pencil, and two slits at the top (about 1/3 inch in length).  Note: I left two inches of leather on one side (so I had extra leather at one end of the roll), then I spaced out the slits by about 1/3 of an inch.
  2. Next, I took my exacto knife/ruler and went to town making slits.

DIY: Leather Colored Pencil Holder

3. Make sure your pencil fits into the slits (note: widths of slits may vary depending on the size of your pencil).

DIY: Leather Pencil Holder

4. String your colored pencils through the slits.

DIY: Leather Colored Pencil Holder

5. After you’ve strung all of the pencils through their corresponding slits, roll the holder up (starting at the end that doesn’t have the extra leather), and tie it off with a thin leather strap.

As I mentioned above, if you want to make this pencil holder on an even better budget, try using felt instead!


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