Do you love custom or matching desk accessories?

It’s a great way to give your desk, cubbie, or crafting center a polished and unified look.


Upcycled Desk Organizer holds Customized Decorator Pencils


If you’d like to have a sweet customized DIY upcycled desk organizer like this one… pop over to Yesterday on Tuesday where I’m sharing how to make your own for mere pennies.

It was such a fun project and is so stylish for your desk or crafting table.

If you look closely, you’ll notice the pencils are custom coordinated to go with their holders.

Decorator pencils are surprisingly easy to make and inexpensive too!

So I thought I’d show you how I made mine.


Fun & Easy Customized Decorator Pencil Tutorial


Let’s Make Customized Decorator Pencils!


Easy customized decorator pencil tutorial supplies


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  • Package of Pencils (Round sides are preferable to the non-roll type — I got mine at the Dollar Tree.  Their black eraser heads were perfect for my project!)
  • Decorator or Scrapbooking Paper (Mine came from Michael’s.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush for Mod Podge
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


  • Lay your pencil on a piece of decorator/scrapbooking paper.
  • Position your pencil so the edge of the wood is butting to the metal eraser holder on the pencil at the finished edge of your paper as shown.
  • Make a mark on the paper at the end of the pencil so you know where to cut the paper.
    How to create a custom decorator pencil tutorial
  • Repeat several times.
  • Then, using those pencil marks and a ruler, draw a cutting line down your paper.
  • Cut the paper at the cutting line.
  • Then roll your pencil in the paper to see how much is required to completely wrap it.  Mine needed about 1 1/16″ to cover the pencil with a wee overlap.
  • Mark your paper accordingly, use your ruler to draw lines and then, cut your paper into strips as shown here.
    Easy customized decorator pencil tutorial Step 1
  • “Paint” Mod Podge on the back side of your paper strips.Easy customized decorator pencil tutorial supplies - Step 2
  • Carefully roll the paper and pencil together using the metal edge as your guideline… smoothing as you go.Easy customized decorator pencil tutorial supplies - Step 3 -
  • Paint a stripe of Mod Podge along the paper edge before finally sealing.
  • Carefully run your finger down the paper edge to get a good seal.Easy customized decorator pencil tutorial supplies - Step 4
  • “Paint” Mod Podge over the covered pencil.Easy customized decorator pencil tutorial supplies - Step 5
  • Lean your decorator pencil against something on an angle so that it isn’t touching anything while it dries for several hours.

It couldn’t be much easier to create your own customized decorator pencils.

What a fabulous gift it would make as well for your favorite pencil pusher, teacher, student, or crafter.


Customize Decorator Pencils and Tutorial


And one more thing…

A Tip for Keeping Your Mod Podge Brush Flexible!


Tip for keeping your brush flexible when crafting with Mod Podge
The best tips are super easy and make a world of difference.

My last few projects using Mod Podge I did something I’ve never done before.  I used a small piece of plastic wrap to cover my brush every. single. time. I put my brush down… even if it was just for 10 seconds.

Just that little trick keep my brush from getting sticky and glumpy. It’s something I always do when I’m painting the house… so I thought it might just be the trick and it was!!

The next time you get out your Mod Podge and brush, get out some plastic wrap too. You’ll be glad you did!


So there you have it!  A fun and easy customized decorator pencil tutorial.

Just a warning… it’s so fun and easy you won’t be able to stop!  Good thing pencils and paper are so inexpensive!

Fun and Easy Customized Decorator Pencil Tutorial


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  1. This is such a cute project Diane! I love it!! I prefer to use pencils to pens (I change my mind a lot so the eraser is handy!) so I’m always looking for cute pencils – now I can make my own!! Fun!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Awww… thanks Jennifer!! It’s so much fun and so easy and they’re sooo pretty.
      All the best for an extraordinary day!! [[hugs]]

  2. Gwen says

    Love this!! May have to get going on some stocking stuffers

    • What a great idea!! Be sure to let them dry well… Mod Podge has a tendency to be a little sticky.

  3. Kim says

    Diane, I just love these! I am totally going to make myself a batch for back to school. Maybe something in a red! 😉

    • Haha!! The perfect color! No surprise either. 😉
      Hope your week has been truly extraordinary!!

  4. These are so cute! I will be making me some. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I’m dropping by from the Inspire Me Monday link party. This is such a wonderful idea! Now I know why I’ve been saving all of those scraps of scrapbooking paper! So easy yet so cute.

    I have a link party that I’m trying to grow. It’s Grandma Ideas Sharing Time at I would be delighted if you would share this idea (and a couple of others) at my party. It goes from Wednesday at 12:00 a.m. until Friday night at midnight. I think my readers would LOVE this idea. I hope to see you there.

    All the best,

  6. That looks very good and perfect for back to school! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  7. Kim says

    Diane, you have inspired me so much with your post at Inspired on Tuesday, and now these pencils, too! Now I’m torn, because the DaySpring items are so cute and such a great price! Thanks for these wonderful ideas, my friend! 🙂

    • Isn’t it fun when the little everyday things can put the biggest smiles on our faces? Whatever you do… have fun with it!! 🙂


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