This was a lot of work, but definitely worth it, so here you go! Please vote for me if you like them! My little sister loves to write, so I made her these two jars:
A crayon jar:
and a pencil-pencil-jar:
The pencil jar is for pens and pencils and the crayon jar is to hold the little things that always, always, always get stuck in the bottom of your pencil jar: erasers, sharpeners, ink cartridges, and so on. Also because I love how bright crayon colors are.
I sawed the pencils off in different lengths, using a cheap pocket knife I found at the park. Then I sharpened them, which took longer than anything has a right to and gave me blisters. Yes, I got blisters from sharpening pencils. C'est moi!
Then I arranged them by height in groups of six and hot glued them together. I planned to use wood glue, but the metal parts holding on the erasers stuck out enough that I needed the extra bulk of hot glue. I don't know if it shows in the pictures, but it says "No. 2" on the outside, all lined up.
It's hexagonal! Like a pencil!
Originally I was planning to make a pencil case with a point on the end, to look like a giant stubby pencil with a really short eraser, but I couldn't think of a good way to make the point, and I was worried that if you put it in a bag and dropped books on it it would fall apart, so I did this instead.
The erasers combine at the bottom to make little rubber feet:
The bottom is made from a sign I brought home from the March for Life a while ago, which is best described as corrugated plastic, if that makes any sense. I traced the inside of the jar onto paper and then used that as a guide to cut out a hexagon to fit inside. After a bit of trimming, I rammed it up inside the jar and then dribbled hot glue onto the edges from the top. It's covered on the bottom with notebook paper, which I thought was appropriate and cute.
This picture shows the length variation better. Even the longest are shorter than a regular pencil, to make it easier for her to get her writing utensils out.
A couple more views:
Then, applied over gluing goofs are various quotes about writing, which the beloved sis got an enormous kick out of. I couldn't get them readable in the pictures, so I can post them here if all y'all like. My favorite is probably "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." --Mark Twain.
And here is the crayon jar, a square:
Its little rubber feet took the form of a hot glue heart.
Both bottoms were made the same, but funnily enough, I put paper over the plastic on the inside of the crayon jar, because Who cares about the bottom? It's underneath! and the outside of the pencil jar, because Who cares about the inside? It'll get covered in pens and pencils, and it's dark!
The crayons (two boxes the same) were arranged by color and then hot glued in rows, with "Crayola" facing out. Then I glued the rows together and traced inside to make the bottom. When I ran glue around the edge of the bottom, it melted the crayons enough that all the glue slid neatly inside and out of sight! I was so happy about that.
My sister loves them both and was very very happy when she found out they were for her.
And here is one last shot, just because I love how the colors came out:
I think it's ironic that I did all the planning with a mechanical pencil.
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