This Father’s Day, skip the store-bought stuff for a personalized DIY pencil holder that’s both functional and heartwarming.
If Dad doesn’t need pens or pencils on hand, this keepsake jar can also be used as a spare change container, candy stash, or even a vase, and it couldn’t be easier to make. Just track down your favorite fatherly photograph and an old jar, and you have the perfect gift for the man in your life.
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How to Make a DIY Pencil Holder for Father’s Day
- Jar (I used an old pickle jar, but you could use a mason jar. Just make sure it has a wide enough mouth for inserting and securing the photo.)
- Spray paint
- Sticker label (Mine was a 3-inch square.)
- Photograph (in a size that corresponds well with your sticker label)
- Make sure your jar is clean and dust-free. Stick on the label and press down firmly to secure all edges.
- In a well-ventilated area (preferably outdoors), spray the jar all over with spray paint. I found it easiest to place the jar upside down so no paint would get inside. Allow the paint to dry.
- Pull off the sticker to reveal the unpainted area.
- Slide the photograph inside and align it with the unpainted area. Carefully tape it in place. I found it easiest to take off small pieces of tape and secure them one at a time.
- Fill the jar with pens, pencils, his favorite candy — you name it. If you want to use it as a vase, fill a smaller cup or jar with water and place it inside.
Everyone knows Dad isn’t the easiest one to shop for, but a DIY pencil holder is a practical and sentimental gift that will make his Father’s Day. Customize yours with his favorite color and photograph, and show him how much you appreciate him.