Magnetic Pencil Holder for Back-to-School



Every school locker needs pencils and also some bling, so these magnetic pencil holders are just what the teacher ordered!

The best part is this magnetic pencil holder uses a recycled powdered drink mix container. You will also need some scrap book paper, magnets and mod podge.

The short cans are the perfect size, but if you only have the tall ones no worries! The plastic containers are easily cut with a knife (by adults only of course).

Paint a layer of mod podge on the container.

Cut a piece of paper to fit around the container, leaving it about 1 inch longer than the container at the top. Wrap paper around container. Paint the top inside edge of the can with mod podge. Cut slits around the top edge of the paper and then fold paper into the can.

Allow mod podge to dry before giving the entire outside of the container a coat of mod podge. Add a few embellishments. Allow to dry and then add a top coat of mod podge. Allowing each coat to dry helps to keep the paper from bubbling.

Hot glue two magnets to the back of the container.

The containers can also be covered with a picture collage of a hobby, special interest or favorite star!

Now the kids will have the best dressed locker!

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Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy's family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy's personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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7 Responses to “Magnetic Pencil Holder for Back-to-School”

  1. Great idea. Want to make it even cooler? I have a metal board I got from Ikea to put on the wall above my desk so the magnets can hold….

    Instant coolness!

  2. Mariëlle Aug 11 at 11:57 am Reply Reply

    I have an metal dry eraser board and was looking for a way to put the markers on the board, this is a great idea.

  3. Jennifer Aug 11 at 12:10 pm Reply Reply

    Super cute (and practical) idea! I am seeing all the student lockers where I work with one of these in them…

  4. Ruth Yoder Aug 11 at 1:19 pm Reply Reply

    this is going on my fridge!

  5. Chinnu Aug 11 at 3:32 pm Reply Reply

    This is an awesome project. Have done pencil holders before….but the magnet idea is fabulous…this is next on my to-do-list!

  6. Mod Podge Amy Aug 13 at 3:00 pm Reply Reply

    This is so cute – I have to share!


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