Sibling Gifts :: Pencil Cups

To continue on our theme, I present the third-born daughter’s contribution to this year’s sibling gifts :: Up-cycled Pencil Cups.

Another easy, low investment craft that was completely age appropriate and quite useful, as each kid got their own set of personalized pencils in their stockings this year. Thank you Oriental Trading Company for your customizable pencils for my kids that don’t have names often (read :: ever) found on store shelves!

Pretty in Pink

We collected a few cans from the recycling bin—two bean cans and one for tuna—made sure they were nice and clean and dry, then I painted each with two coats of primer before setting the four year old loose on them. She got to go through the paint bins and pick out whatever shade she thought they might like. I know she’s at least partly my child because she went for the extra-shiny metallic paints.

It Aint Easy Bein Green

After she painted each can, we picked out different scrapbook papers, one for each can, and then dug out our old alphabet stamps. She helped me find the letters and she stamped—with a teeny bit of guidance—the names of her sisters and brother onto individual white labels. I cut down the scrapbook paper into strips, then used double sided tape to adhere the paper to the can. The finishing touch, of course, were the name labels!

Alphabet Stamps

The awesome thing about this project is that it doesn’t need to be perfect to look great! Little brush strokes here and there and a bit of primer showing through gives it a touch more character, a feature if you will, not a flaw.

Tuna Tin For Ties

The littlest one doesn’t use pencils, but the tuna can was the perfect size to hold her hair bands and, conveniently, a few barrettes.

Pencil Cups

And the older kids cups were put to immediate use after they found their pencils.

It really is amazing how much they all love both making and receiving these gifts. I hope this is something we’ll continue for quite a few more years.




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10 thoughts on “Sibling Gifts :: Pencil Cups

  1. There ya go—more talent. I think that the brush strokes add just the right touch–distressing sorta.
    In some work of art, they are a must. Yay little three. Maybe you can come to Grammy’s house and paint a bird house for me.

    • YES!! There are perfectly shabby-chic! She is really starting to get into this whole “making” thing; it’s like a light has turned on in her head all of a sudden and she can’t stay away form the art supplies. Unfortunately, she’s the one who likes art everywhere, like her walls, the bathroom walls, the white wood trim… 😉

    • Thank you Stephanie! And what a wonderful blog you have! I plopped you right in my reader after the first three posts! I just downloaded Artkive a few days ago myself! Looking forward to getting to know you and your work a bit better! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Oh! I’d love to see it when you do!! I am throughly enjoying your month of organization… it’s giving me little push towards getting myself up and at ’em 😉

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!! It was really so simple to make that we’re planning a few more for holding other things around the house! It’s always fun when the kids get into the crafty things!

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