DIY salvaged wood pencil & pen caddy

Pencil caddy made from salvaged wood, photo

I had a scrap 4×4 piece of wood sitting around and decided to put it to use. Drilling the holes in this desk caddy was a bit harder than it looks. This was my third try. It made me wish for a drill press. But, if you have a steady hand and a good eye, a standard drill will work.

I love that it echoes the shapes of the keys on the keyboard. I went with a sleek look, but you can paint or decoupage the caddy any way you want. Bonus: It makes a great bookend too.

How to make a salvaged wood pencil & pen caddy

  • scrap 4×4 board (try Freecycle or a salvage yard)

  • spray primer

  • spray paint

  • painter’s tape

  • felt feet

  • sanding block & sandpaper

  • drop cloth

  • drill and ½-inch drill bit

  • tack cloth

  • ruler & pencil

4x4 piece of wood cut in four pieces, photo

1. First cut the 4×4 in 4-inch pieces. (You might need more than one in case you mess up). Thanks Rick for cutting the wood for me!

Measure and draw your pattern, photo

2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw a grid to guide you when drilling the holes. My holes are about ½ inch from the edge and ½ inch from each other.

Drill the holes, photo

3. Measure three inches on the drill bit, and mark it with a flag of painter’s tape. This will ensure that all your holes are the same depth. Drill each of the holes, making sure that the drill is exactly straight up. I used a ½-inch drill bit, but if your pencils and pens are fatter, use a larger drill bit.

Sand & fill knicks, photo

4. Sand all the sides smooth. Fill any nicks with wood filler, let dry, then sand smooth again. Remove dust with a tack cloth.

Apply primer, photo

5. Apply one coat of spray primer. (I used regular primer because it’s what I had on hand.) Let dry, then lightly sand. Remove dust with a tack cloth, and apply another coat of primer. Let dry.

Spray on the paint, photo

6. Apply three coats of spray paint, letting dry 15-20 minutes after each coat.

Stick on felt feet in the corners, photo

7. Stick felt feet on the bottom.

Pencil caddy made from salvaged wood, photo

8. Load it up with your favorite pens and pencils. Enjoy!

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