“Making Pencil Holders Out of Used Toilet Paper Rolls”

“Making Pencil Holders Out of Used Toilet Paper Rolls”

Making Pencil Holders Out of Used Toilet Paper Rolls


Recycling used materials into fun crafts is a great way to reduce waste and get creative at the same time. One easy and inexpensive craft is to make pencil holders out of used toilet paper rolls. With just a few simple steps, I was able to turn something I would normally throw away into a handy desktop organizer for my pens, pencils, and other small items.

In this article, I will walk you through the entire process of making pencil holders out of used toilet paper rolls. I will cover what materials you need, how to construct the holders, fun ways to decorate them, and tips for getting the most use out of your creations. Whether you’re a beginner crafter or an experienced DIYer, you’ll find this tutorial helpful for making these eco-friendly organizers for your home or office.

What You’ll Need

To make pencil holders from toilet paper rolls, you only need a few basic craft supplies:

  • Used toilet paper rolls – These are the main material. Save up your used rolls for a couple weeks before starting this project.

  • Scissors – For cutting the rolls to size. Craft scissors with decorative edge blades can make the cuts more interesting.

  • Glue – I prefer hot glue because it bonds quickly, but any all-purpose glue will work.

  • Paint, markers, and other decorations – These optional supplies allow you to customize the look of your holders.

  • Stapler – Helpful if you want to make multi-compartment holders.

That’s it! These common household items are all you need to create unique pencil holders for organizing your desk.

Making Single Compartment Pencil Holders

Let’s start with the most basic style – a single compartment pencil holder made from one toilet paper roll.

The steps are simple:

  1. Take one used toilet paper roll and trim it to the desired height using scissors. I cut mine down to about 5 inches tall, but you can go taller or shorter.

  2. Next, use hot glue to attach the roll to the bottom of a small rectangular piece of cardboard or other thick paper. The cardboard base helps stabilize the holder.

  3. Decorate the cardboard base and toilet paper roll however you like using paint, markers, stickers, scrapbook paper, washi tape, or other embellishments. Get creative with colors, patterns, and textures!

  4. Once dry, add pencils, pens, makeup brushes, office supplies, etc inside your new TP roll pencil holder to enjoy your handmade creation!

The single compartment design is quick and easy to make. But for extra storage, you can make more complex pencil holders too.

Making Multi-Compartment Pencil Holders

For bonus organization, transform toilet paper rolls into holders with multiple compartments for sorting different items.

Follow these steps:

  1. Cut several toilet paper rolls to your desired heights using scissors. I like to alternate taller and shorter rows.

  2. Arrange the rolls next to each other horizontally. Depending on the width of your base, you can fit 3-5 rolls side by side.

  3. Hot glue the rolls onto a sturdy cardboard base to attach them. Let dry completely.

  4. Use a stapler to connect each roll to the next one, forming divided compartments. Staple along the length of the rolls.

  5. Decorate the rolls and base with paint, wrapping paper, lace, or other embellishments to coordinate the compartments.

  6. Fill each compartment with a different type of item like pens, markers, pencils, makeup brushes, office supplies etc.

With multiple compartments cleverly divided by toilet paper rolls, everything stays neatly organized!

Decorating Your Toilet Paper Roll Pencil Holder

Now comes the really fun part – decorating your toilet paper roll pencil holders to match your style!

Here are some easy ways to customize the look:

  • Paint them with solid colors, ombré gradients, stripes, polka dots, geometric patterns, stenciled designs, or fun colors like glitter, neon, pastel, metallic, etc.

  • Wrap scrapbook paper or colorful pages from magazines around the outside.

  • Decoupage cut outs, photos, text, or small objects.

  • Stick on lace, rickrack trim, or pompoms with craft glue.

  • Add stickers, washi tape, or rub-on vinyl phrases for quirky text.

  • Hot glue ribbon, flowers, buttons, or other embellishments.

  • Use markers, gel pens, or rubber stamps to draw or stamp patterns.

With so many options, you can create pencil holders to match any décor. The designs are endless!

Tips for Getting the Most Use from Your TP Roll Pencil Holder

Here are some helpful tips as you use your handmade toilet paper roll pencil holders:

  • Choose sturdy cardboard for the base so it doesn’t bend or warp. Thicker cardstock works better than thin.

  • Let glue dry fully before using your holder to prevent it falling apart.

  • Avoid overstuffing or it may become top-heavy and tip over.

  • Keep away from moisture like drinks that could ruin the cardboard.

  • Redecorate occasionally with new paper, paint, or embellishments to refresh the look.

  • Make matching sets for a coordinated desktop organizing system.

  • Give as gifts! These make cute, inexpensive, and eco-friendly gifts for friends.

With proper care, your handmade TP roll pencil holders will look great and serve you well for years to come!

Ideal for Beginner Crafters

Making pencil holders from toilet paper rolls is an easy, enjoyable craft that’s ideal for beginners and kids. With just basic supplies, simple techniques, and endless decorating options, you can create custom organizers to be proud of even if you’re new to DIY projects. It’s also a great craft for young children – they’ll love painting and decorating their very own pencil cup! So gather your empty TP rolls and get creative making these earth-friendly holders.


I hope this guide gave you lots of inspiration for crafting practical and beautiful pencil holders from used toilet paper rolls. With the right materials, decorating techniques, and care, these eco-friendly organizers are sure to look lovely on your desk while helping declutter office supplies and other small items. And they make great handmade gifts too! What are you waiting for? Start saving those toilet paper tubes and get creative turning trash into treasure. Your one-of-a-kind TP roll pencil holders will be a charming addition to your home or office.