Turns out I had the exact same set of color-pencils as my six year old cousin and I reeeaally needed to fix that!
A friend of mine has these really pretty ones that came with a sleek brass holder. It’s just perfect but the price tag that came along was a big nah-uh.
So did I want prettier ones too? YEP. Was I gonna spend a fortune on them? NOPE. Did I DIY? You bet I did. 😀
It all started with these regular ones. I didn’t take a picture of the box because it has a giant goldfish with wobbly eyes. That should’ve been enough to keep me away but then, they were being sold for less than a hundred rupees (for reference one dollar is roughly equal to one hundred rupees).
I scrapped off the coat of paint on them and this is the only part that takes a little time. I used a knife and maybe I’d sand them lightly for a smoother finish later.
I totally love the woods natural color. Plus it makes them look more expensive than they actually are, so all the better!
For the pencil-holder I used a small piece of cardboard and here’s a drawing to help you with the folding.
As you can see in the image, the sides labeled 3 and 4 are slightly wider than the sides 1 and 2 to make room for the pencils. The lower flap makes the base when its turned in and glued to the flap from the opposite side.
And here’s the top view.
You can see the overlapping ends on the left side.
A coat of spray paint and then I added the colors. All done! 🙂
And because I loved the their new look….
I’m so happy they don’t look like pencils from a 2nd grader’s school bag anymore. In fact they make a great office accessory.