Hi Dream Green DIY readers—it’s Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs! I’m so honored that Carrie asked me to guest post today! Carrie is constantly posting original, high quality content, so it really is such an honor to be here!! Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite recent projects—geometric pencil cups created from mat board. The possibilities are endless, so get creative!
Want to know the best part? The total cost was $0! You’ll probably find most of the supplies needed to make these pencil cups lying around your house. Want to make your own? Here’s how we did it.
- Template (we used this website for the polygon and re-sized it in illustrator (3rd PDF on page, top image) you can download our resized version here, browse here for more ideas—we just measured and cut for the L pencil holder)
- Mat board (standard thickness for a picture frame is good)
- Craft glue (we like Aleene’s Fast Grab)
- Wood filler
- Sanding block
- Painter’s tape
STEP ONE: We printed the shapes needed on a piece of paper. Then, we taped the pattern to a piece of mat board and cut it out. TIP: Cut out a few small holes in the center of each shape and tape the paper to the mat board—this helps keep it from slipping.
STEP TWO: Next, we glued it together. To get the angles right, we used painters tape and secured a few together and then adjusted so they were even prior to the glue drying. You want to use a thick glue that grabs fast, but is still workable.
STEP THREE: Since the shapes weren’t cut on an exact angle, we used wood filler to fill in the gaps.
STEP FOUR: Once dry, we sanded it smooth with a fine grit sanding block. Then, we painted the outside coral and the inside gold. And that’s it! Pretty easy, right!? The possibilities are endless. I had all of the materials on hand, so the total cost was $0.00—My favorite kind of project!
I love having fresh flowers around the house—a small arrangement can make all the difference! If you’d like to see more of my DIY projects, check out my projects page here and my home tour here. Thanks so much to Carrie for having me—it was so fun sharing with you today! If you’re new to Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, feel free to stop by and say hi—I’d love to meet you!
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(project originally published on Sarah M. Dorsey Designs; Sources: business cards, notepad, address stamp: tiny prints // gold geometric lamp // black and white stripe chair // x leg desk // lucite tape dispenser // lucite stapler // coral paint is Behr’s “Cool Lava”)