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DIY Pencil Holder Out of Paper

Got some paper lying around? Make your very own DIY pencil holder out of paper you have and use it to store items in your office.

holding diy pencil holder

Looking at this multifaceted pencil case, would you have ever guessed it was a DIY project made from paper? Doesn’t it look like something you ordered off a catalog or picked up at a fancy office supplies store?

diy pencil holder on desk

Well, believe it, because this gorgeous pencil holder is made entirely out of paper and you can make it, too. It’s simple, elegant, and, like most DIYs, you can personalize it any way you like!

So, without further ado, let’s get down to making this pencil holder.

diy organizer with pens

Supplies for Pencil Holder

Here’s a list of all the supplies you need. I’m pretty sure you’ve already got most of them at hand. What you don’t, you’ll definitely be able to find anywhere!

  • 5 x thick square paper sheets
  • 1 x thick paper sheet for the bottom
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Decorative paper (optional)
paper and craft supplies

How to Make a Paper Pencil Holder

Think of this DIY as a multi-purpose origami project. You’re folding and tweaking paper, just like you would with origami.

Only, instead of cute animals or pretty flowers, you’re making something you’ll get amazing use out of.

Step 1

Grab your sheet of paper and fold it in half, as shown below.

folding paper in half

Step 2

Unfold the paper, and you’ll notice a crease running across the center of the sheet. Now, what you’ll need to do is fold the bottom half of the paper upward towards that center crease.

Press down to fold the paper.

folding paper

Repeat this fold with the top half of the sheet, folding downward towards that center crease and pressing firmly.

unfolding paper

Once you unfold the paper, you’ll notice that three creases running across the sheet, dividing it into four equal parts.

tracing lines on paper

Step 3

Turn the sheet around so that the creases are vertical. Fold the paper in half and press down to form yet another center crease dividing the sheet in half.

holding folded paper

Repeat step 2 until you once again have four equal parts. Your paper should now be a 4×4 box with 16 equal squares.

paper with 16 squares

Step 4

This time, you will be making half-folds. Gently fold one corner square of the paper inward to form a triangle, as seen below. Repeat this with all four corners.

folding edges

Step 5

Grab the left side of the sheet and, keeping the half-folds in place, bring it towards the center crease and fold.

folding in left side

Repeat the same with the right side of the paper until your paper looks something like what you see below.

both sides folded in

Step 6

Now it’s time to turn the paper around. Once you’ve turned it around, ensure that the folds you previously made stay intact.

Grab hold of the bottom edge and fold it up by one square width, as seen below.

folding up bottom of paper

Repeat this step with the top half. The ends of both the folds should meet at the center as seen below.

folded paper square

Step 7

Here’s when you decide if you want to jazz up your paper pencil holder. You can use a scrap of colorful, decorative, or sparkly paper.

Just cut out the accurate shape and size of the diamond-like opening you see and tuck it into the folds to secure it.

adding patterned paper

Once you have tucked it into the fold, one part of your pencil stand is officially complete!

folded paper with pattern

Step 8

This project calls for six such parts, so go ahead and follow the pattern. Repeat every step six times till you have six individual pencil holders.

These make wonderful mini-pencil holders as they are. But if you’re looking for something bigger to hold all your pencils, go ahead and stick all six parts together.

The decorated side should face outward, of course, so that should help you put the six pieces in order.

6 sections of folded paper
6 paper sections standing up

Step 9

Arrange all the six components first before you start sticking them together. This way, you’re less likely to make an error when piecing them together.

taping sections together
putting sections together
put together paper pencil holder

Step 10

Hold up, we’re not done yet, but we’re nearly there.

Pull out your other sheet of thicker paper as specified in the list of supplies. Grab your pencil and start drawing an outline of the contour using a ruler.

You will get a hexagonal shape, and I caution you to be as precise as possible with the measurements. This will be the base for your pencil holder, so it needs to be snug and sturdy

tracing bottom of pencil holder

Step 11

You should consider these overlap flaps when you’re drawing the outline for the cutout. This will help you tuck the bottom into the pencil holder much easier.

Additionally, it will also hold the entire structure more firmly.

tracing lines on paper

Step 12

Cut out the outline.

cut out paper bottom

Fold the flaps inward to help stiffen the ends. They should stick out, as you see below.

folding sides on bottom

Step 13

Finally, attach the base to the pencil holder and carefully tuck the flaps in. If you’ve got the measurements right, you should have a perfect fit!

adding bottom to pencil holder

And there you have it! Your DIY pencil holder out of paper is ready!

completed diy pencil holder

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Yield: 1 pencil holder

DIY Pencil Holder Out of Paper

diy pencil holder

Organize your desk with just some paper! Make this DIY pencil holder, organize the mess and have fun crafting. A perfect paper craft for teens and adults.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $0.50


  • 5 x thick square paper sheets
  • 1 x thick paper sheet for the bottom
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Decorative paper (optional)


  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


  1. Gather all your materials to get started on your DIY pencil holder.
  2. Fold a sheet of paper in half and divide it into two halves.
  3. Fold both the bottom and top half inward and fold towards the center. You should have four equal parts now.
  4. Unfold the paper and turn it so that the creases are vertical. Repeat the previous step and divide the paper into four equal parts, albeit in this particular direction.
  5. You should have a sheet of paper that has 16 equal parts—4x4 squares.
  6. Fold all four corners.
  7. Fold the left part and then the right part inward towards the center.
  8. Reverse the paper and turn the left and right corners inward towards the center.
  9. Slide one end into the opposite end and tuck it in place. One individual component is officially complete! Now you can go ahead and make six more.
  10. You can tuck in bits of colorful paper to decorate your pencil hold at this stage.
  11. Once you've made all six components, arrange them, so the decorated side faces outward. Use double-sided tape or glue to stick them together.
  12. To make the bottom, trace a hexagonal outline of the pencil holder, and allow a 1.5-2 cm gap for flaps. Use a pair of scissors and cut this outline out.
  13. Fit this bottom into the pencil holder, and once you're satisfied, you can stick it in place to secure it even more.
  14. Fill it up with your stationery, and you're all set!
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