Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Update - Can You Ever Have Too Many Pencils?

My last blog on pencils has raised a question from a few of you - what do I use to store my pencils?
Most of my pencils are in these very cool ice cube trays that I found at either Bed, Bath & Beyond or Linens & Things - I'm not sure since I've had them for years. They're actually used to make ice cubes for long, plastic drinking bottles and cost about $3. I have about 10 of them and you can see in the photo how I use them to group colors together.
I made my other storage container out of PVC pipe from Home Depot. I cut the pipe to the sizes I wanted (about 30 pieces cut to a variety of heights to accommodate both long and short pencils) and hot glued them to a round piece of wood. All this is attached to a lazy susan.
I hope the photos help to clarify things, but let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!


  1. This was such a creative tip, I wrote it up in my blog! The sale of ice trays and pvc pipe will up! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great way to organize pencils. Thank you for the tip this is awesome!

  3. Anonymous1/27/2009

    I love the lazy susan idea! You could use this idea in so many different ways! I'm a Sharpie fiend - so many colors! And colored pencils, too. I might try to create my own version this weekend. :)

  4. Fantastic ideas. Gives me something to do for my pencils. Guess I need to go down to the builders yard and find the appropriate piece of PVC pipe. Lots of cut-offs down there. ,-)