Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hanging Pencil Caddy

Have you ever found something that you wanted but couldn't find it or anything like it anywhere?  I wanted this:

It's the IKEA utensil caddy.  The price isn't great. . . . $5.99 a cup and the rod is additional.  I liked the idea well enough that I was planning to shell out the money. Unfortunately, I don't have an IKEA here so I looked online.  IKEA wouldn't ship this so I checked out the scalpers.  The cheapest I could find it was $11.99 a cup and $19.99 for the rod.  Shipping was another $25.00.  Oy.

So I made this:

It's not as sophisticated as the IKEA one but I do like this.  It's a tad plain. . . I may jazz it up with some ribbons or fake flowers in the near future but for now this will do.

I needed it for my daughter's space above her desk.  I needed something space saving but short so that the crayons and stubby markers don't get lost in the depths of it. I started by buying four squat plastic tumblers at Target for $1.49 each.

I mixed up some water, acrylic white paint and some of the Stampin Up! Crystal Effects together.  I eyeballed it but it was a pretty even mixture (1/3 of each).  You could use Mod Podge instead of the Crystal Effects if you wanted.  I poured some inside each glass and used a brush to wipe it around.  You can see the cup that I used to the left of the picture.  It is clear and I wanted something not quite as see thru.

I also made little loops with black ribbon that I had.  I used glue. . . nothing fancy.

I made twelve total and glued them to the back of the cup.  Each cup was the same but the four sides were all different so I decided what I wanted as the "front" and made sure the loops went to the back.

That's it!  I pulled a curtain rod out of the trash that my son had bent, cut it to fit and put in inside the scrolls of the shelf that is above her desk.  It turned out to be very functional!

Fill it with markers, crayons, scissors and whatever else the crafter needs. . . .

And you have a great workspace!

If you have some time, check out Mostly Homemade Mondays on this blog.   She writes one of my favorite blogs to peruse and steal ideas from take inspiration from.

If I Do It Again:

1.  I would use thicker ribbon and have one loop vs. three.  I was trying to be thrifty and use what I had around the house but I didn't have any black ribbon that was thicker.  I could have gone with a different color but I didn't. . . it wasn't what I had envisioned!

2.  I would buy an extra cup!  The rod is 30 inches across so it is a lot of space.  I would eventually like to put one or two more in there.


  1. Great job! A lot of fun to read and you are certainly better at updating yours than I am! Keep it up!

  2. I think I like your cups much better than IKEA, Great Job!

  3. Thanks, Paula! I think they fit her personality much better than the IKEA ones would have.

  4. I think yours is much better than the one from IKEA. Love it!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm blushing!!! I love it when a project turns out better than expected. Thanks again!

  5. This is really great, I just love it!! I totally need to make one for next to my desk :)

  6. This is amazing and so close to what I am looking for! I might try it if I cannot find what I want.

  7. Simple, but awesome! Thanks for the idea :)