Colorful Clay Pencil Holder

Make a colorful pencil holder by covering a recycled canister with self-hardening clay and embedding small decorative objects onto the clay.
Colorful Clay Pencil Holder craft


  • Canister (ice cream pint or Pringles canister)
  • Air dry modeling clay (e.g. Crayola Model Magic or Amaco cloud clay)
  • Craft knife (optional)
  • Decorate with beads, small buttons, sequins,
    rhinestones, shells, other small objects

Safety Tips

  • Keep the craft knife out of young children's reach.
  • Small craft materials such as beads or sequins are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Colorful Clay Pencil Holder 1. Find a suitable base for your pencil holder. Food canisters, ice cream tubs or sturdy plastic cups are some of the things you can use.
Step 2 Colorful Clay Pencil Holder Ask for an adult's help.2. If you have a really tall canister such as a Pringles can, just cut it in half and you can actually make 2 pencil holders.
Step 2 Colorful Clay Pencil Holder 3. Combine 2 or more colors of air dry clay until you can see swirls of 2 or more colors.
Step 4 Colorful Clay Pencil Holder 4. Apply the multi-colored clay onto a portion of the container. Do not spread the clay too thin.
Step 5 Colorful Clay Pencil Holder 5. Continue this process using different colors of clay until you've completely covered the container. A relatively thick layer of clay is desirable for decorating the pencil holder with all sorts of small objects.
Step 6 Colorful Clay Pencil Holder 6. Decorate your pencil holder by embedding small objects such as beads, sequins, buttons, rhinestones, etc.
Step 7 Colorful Clay Pencil Holder 7. Let the clay set before using your pencil holder.

More Ideas

More Ideas for your Colorful Clay Pencil Holder   Instead of applying them randomly, both the clay and the decorations can be applied in an ordered pattern.