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Back to School: Locker Pencil Holder

This project takes almost no time to put together and is the perfect little organizing tool for your school locker. A great back to school project, it keeps your pens and pencils in the same place for easy access. When the school year ends, simply take it with you and save it for next year! The supplies for this project are simple to find and you might already have everything you need. Let your kids use their imagination in the design and dress it up any way you want.

Locker Pencil Holder

This would also make a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for a parents’ office. Perfect for hanging on the refrigerator too. Just adapt the embellishments to fit your needs and style.

Back to School: Locker Pencil Holder


  • clean, empty tin can, label removed
  • felt
  • decorated or color cellophane
  • tape
  • hot glue gun
  • alphabet beads
  • embellishments, such as buttons, beads, thread, etc
  • 5 button magnets

Locker Pencil Holder instructions


Beginning at the back seam of your can, tape cellophane in place. Wrap cellophane around the can and trim, then tape to secure. Trim excess cellophane around the bottom and top of can.

Locker Pencil Holder instructions

Using the can to measure your length, cut two strips of felt, about 1-inch wide.

Locker Pencil Holder instructions

Use the hot glue gun to attach the strips along the top and bottom of the can. Tuck the excess inside the top of the can, and around the bottom of the can. This will protect fingers from any exposed sharp edges.

Locker Pencil Holder instructions

Hot glue button magnets along the back seam of the can.

Embellish the can however you like. We used alphabet beads to add some personalization to the bottom felt strip of the can. We also tied some embroidery floss through a button and glued that to the front. You are limited only by your imagination!

Locker Pencil Holder

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  1. OMG it’s my first year at Middle school and this is perfect.! I just don’t have hot glue.!! But awesome.!

  2. wow! this will look sooooooo cute in my locker! except i will spray paint it gold or pink (probably pink!) OMG! now that will make it look pretty!

  3. Love this idea! I need to make me some for my classroom. I can see one on the white board for my expos, one for my desk, one for the writing center…..good thing I have a whole bag of cans waiting to be taking to the recycling center – don’t think most of them will make it:)

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