Organizing with Recyclables — Pencil Holder

This decorative pencil holder is great for organizing pencils, paint brushes, pens, and/or markers. We used chalkboard paint, and a little ribbon to give new life to an empty baby formula canister!

This is messy, so you might want to do the painting part outdoors. We used a water-soluble non-toxic chalkboard paint. You can find chalkboard paint at a craft store. We removed the paper label from the baby formula canister, and Emily covered the outside with the paint. It takes about two coats. 
Once the paint is dry, glue some ribbon around the top and/or bottom edge of the canister. Emily loved drawing on hers, erasing it, and drawing again!
Fill with pencils, paint brushes, markers, and/or pens. Isn’t it great to be organized?


  1. Stephanie Griffith says


  2. Thanks, Steph! That is so sweet of you!! I’ll head over to check it out. 🙂

  3. Great idea!! We’re BIG into chalk paint right now….it’s SO fun! Thanks for the idea!

  4. That’s so cool. I love the idea.

  5. Sharinskishe says

    Wonderful Idea. And fun for the kids too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. ScottChrisCoriCassiCali says

    Wow, I love this one!

  7. sunnymama says

    What a good idea to use chalkboard paint!

  8. ONe PiNK FiSH says

    Perfect for classroom supplies as well. Muchas gracias from Texas

  9. Melissa @ A Child at Play says

    Great idea! I need to get me some of that chalk paint.

  10. The pencil holder looks great, a very fun idea.

    Thanks for sharing with Friday Showcase!

  11. Very cool!

  12. The uses for that chalkboard paint are endless. I’ve always wanted to try it. Thanks for linking the adorable project to Kid Friendly Friday! Enjoy your weekend~

  13. Very neat!
    I was actually considering using a similar canister for my kitchen utensils.
    Great to see the children getting in and enjoying themselves. 🙂