The value of the half-assed craft (or: How to make a pencil holder)

pencil holderAt some advanced point while I was cleaning my desk the other day, I had two piles: assorted paper to recycle, and a collection of pens and pencils. Nowhere to put the pens and pencils. So I took the thickest sheet of paper in the recycle stack (a scratch sheet of 8.5″x11″ Tufte graph paper… ooh…), and folded it into a pencil holder, which I taped to my wall.

Here’s how I made it.

There’s something very satisfying about using a piece of trash to make something useful, and the process doesn’t have to be elaborate. I hope to incorporate more re-use like this into my life; it’s one of the best ways to craft daily.

Next half-project: I’ll use cardboard strips to attach shoeboxes to the underside of the door that I’m using as a desk (courtesy of Brent), and attach pulls at the front of the shoeboxes so that they can be used as drawers. When I move out next June, I will just remove the boxes, put the tops back on, and ship ’em home.

“When we craft, even half-assed, we make something from nothing; we create rather than just consume.”

— from Jean Railla’s blurb in the most recent issue of Craft magazine, defending the “lazy crafter”

July 2, 2007. making/breaking. 5 Comments.


  1. Rachel replied:

    Useless trash…or DECEPTICON?

    July 3rd, 2007 at 2:50 am. Permalink.

  2. Rachel replied:

    Um. No html. Bbcode?


    July 3rd, 2007 at 2:52 am. Permalink.

  3. Rachel replied:


    July 3rd, 2007 at 2:54 am. Permalink.

  4. Anita replied:

    That’s AWESOME. And TIMELY.

    (Yuck, I don’t know why the HTML doesn’t work for you. Will try to look into it…)

    July 3rd, 2007 at 10:16 am. Permalink.

  5. Rachel replied:

    Yay, my joke isn’t totally spoiled!


    July 3rd, 2007 at 9:14 pm. Permalink.

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