DIY Cork Board Pencil Box

October 17, 2013

diy cork board pencil holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hello Hello! Dani here from High Walls with another Craft DIY project for all you lovely folks!

Despite the almost universal appeal of Pinterest, there is something to be said for an old fashioned pin board. It’s hard to replace an old fashioned paper note when you need to remember something or you want to display those pretty magazine clippings you’ve been stacking up on your desk.

For those of you (like me), who may not need a full-sized pin board taking up  space on their desk, why not organize your pens and  keep those important reminders in plain view with a nifty little cork board pencil box? Talk about multitasking!

diy cork board pencil holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

Materials:

Pencil box

Cork board

Ruler

Scissors and/or exacto knife

Pencil

Strong hold glue

Method:

1.  Unroll the cork board and line up your box along one corner.

diy cork board pencil holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

2.  Using your exacto knife or sharp scissors, cut along the sides of the box, removing a square of cork board the same size as the box side. If you’re not confident to cut this out freehand you can mark off the square with a pencil prior to cutting.

3. Once you have the first square you can use it as a template for the other 3 sides, until you have 4 uniform sized shapes.

diy cork board pencil holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

4.  Run a line of glue along the edges of one side of the box. My pencil box is made of soft balsa wood (meaning it is soft enough to push pins into), but if yours is made of stronger wood, gluing only the edges of the cork means that you are leaving a gap in between the two inside surfaces to slip pins in between.

5. Carefully line up one of the cork squares onto the side of the box and press firmly down to secure. If need be, leave aside to dry with a book or something equally heavy to weigh it down while it dries. Repeat for the remaining walls.

diy cork board pencil holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

6. Once all sides are dry and firmly secured, use your exacto knife to trim away any overhanging cork from the edges.

diy cork board pencil holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

7. Load up with your favorite pens, pencils and stationary supplies and pin up all those important little things that have been cluttering up your desk until now!

diy cork board pencil holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

Please Note: The best pins to use on this bad boy are the smaller straight pins (like you would use in sewing but only around 0.4” in length) as they will slip easily in the gap you made in step 4 should you need the extra room. Push pins and thumb tacks may not work if your wooden box is too sturdy.

diy cork board pencil holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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