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Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids: Reuse Waste Materials To Make Multi-Purpose Holders for Pens, Pencils, Spoons

Chitrangada has great interest in art and crafts and loves to create useful things for home by reusing and repurposing various materials.

Reuse waste materials to make attractive Pen/ Pencil stand!

Reuse waste materials to make attractive Pen/ Pencil stand!

These holders can be used for multiple purposes!

These holders can be used for multiple purposes!

Why should We Reuse and Re-purpose?

Anyone might think, what is the necessity of using old, used and waste materials to make a pen, or a pencil stand, when we can easily buy these things, new from the markets.

Of course, we can!

But the whole idea is to save money and natural resources.

Environmental awareness is gradually changing attitudes, with more and more people doing their small bit, to save the natural resources.

Reusing waste materials, such as packaging boxes, metal containers etc. has some advantages:

  • Raw materials, if reused, reduces the possibility to be manufactured again.
  • It will reduce the need to dispose used materials, which of course involves money and manpower.
  • It saves your money, as a reusable article is mostly cheaper, than the single use products.
  • Indirectly, it is advantageous for our environment, because you save some natural resources in the process.

Can implementing the three R's - reduce, recycle, reuse, save you money? If you only implemented the three R's in your kitchen, you would save money."

~~~Catherine Pulsifer,

Used metal containers , used gift wrapping papers, scissors, glue/ Fevicol, used packing cardboard

Used metal containers , used gift wrapping papers, scissors, glue/ Fevicol, used packing cardboard

Cut papers to the size of containers

Cut papers to the size of containers

Insert and paste the cardboard rounds inside

Insert and paste the cardboard rounds inside

Cut the pare alongside so that it is easier to paste

Cut the pare alongside so that it is easier to paste

The bottom side should also be covered with coloured paper to make it neat

The bottom side should also be covered with coloured paper to make it neat

How to make a Pen or Pencil Stand, by Reusing Waste Materials?

Follow the steps to make a multipurpose holder, which can be used for keeping pen, pencils, colour pens, crayons, combs, spoons, your sewing kit, knitting needles and other, day today materials, organised at one place, in one box.

  1. I have used a sweets container here. I removed its lid, with a metal container opener.
  2. Wash the container thoroughly, as it may have residues of the packed food.
  3. Let it dry from within.
  4. You can use colourful gift wrappers, cut pieces of cloth or fabric, chart paper, beads, colourful threads, and anything, which has been used previously, and is available with you.
  5. Your creativity, and imagination, is the limit to create beautiful, and attractive pen or pencil stands.
  6. Cut the used gift wrappers, according to the size of the metal container, with a paper cutting scissors.
  7. Then, paste it onto the container with glue. You can also use Fevicol or Feviquick.
  8. Cut two rounds, equal to inside or outside bottom, and paste them as well.
  9. While pasting, the colourful paper. make small cuts up to the edge of the container. This makes folding and pasting easier.
  10. To hide the uneven ends, cut another round of coloured paper and paste it over.
  11. Decorate with beads, colourful buttons, cartoon characters stickers or any other thing available with you.
  12. You can also use previously used colourful ribbons, which may be in contrast colour to the base.

And that's it!

Multipurpose pen/ pencil holders

Multipurpose pen/ pencil holders

You can use the holders for keeping spoons and other things as well

You can use the holders for keeping spoons and other things as well

Holiday Crafts: Involve your Kids and they will Learn with Fun!

  • These multipurpose holders are so versatile, and very easy to make.
  • It will be a good idea, to involve kids in such crafts activity.
  • It will keep them creatively busy during holidays, and help them to learn something new as well.
  • The children will even have fun, through the entire process. A great way to learn with fun.
  • These ideas are fun to implement and can become an important and effective lesson for them, towards frugal living, and their efforts to protect the environment.
  • There is no limit to the creative ideas, and even the kids can be encouraged to give their own ideas.
  • The children with also become aware of their duties and responsibilities, towards the protection and conservation of Environment.
  • These pen or pencil holders can also be used to keep combs, kitchen spoons, spoons on the dining table, buttons and threads, medicines etc.

Easy Recycling Craft Ideas for Kids, Source: YouTube

Some food for thought: Best out of waste

Every day, tons of paper and wood are burnt as waste, around us.

Many areas, meant for waste collection are littered, with so much of tin cans that you can't imagine. Tons of metal going to waste, not only destroy the natural beauty, but are a threat to the environment as well.

When you use something normally thrown away, you can be proud, that you have avoided spending your hard earned money. Feel proud, that you have done service to the economy, by reusing things, and cutting down on the national waste.

Therefore think twice, if you are throwing that used tin, used gift paper etc. in the garbage. It can be turned into an attractive and useful piece, and can also be gifted to your loved ones.


Chitrangada Sharan

"Most of us are familiar with recycle and reusing, but how often do we think of the third R - REDUCE? 'Reduce' is probably the most important of the three Rs because, if we reduced, it would limit the need to recycle and reuse."

~~~Catherine Pulsifer

How to make a storage box, with old newspapers, Source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you like the idea of reusing materials for the sake of environment? Share your ideas in the comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 30, 2016:

Thank you lrdl3535, for your kind visit and positive comments!

I am glad you liked the hub.

Richard Lindsay from California on March 29, 2016:

Very good Hub it has a lot of things to help keep the kids busy with. It has a lot of very good pictures to go along with the information.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2015:

Thank you sylvestermouse, for your wonderful comments!

You are so right to understand the purpose of this hub. You teach something creative out of waste to your children and also please yourself as well as your kids by spending valuable time together.

Thank you for reading and appreciating!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 19, 2015:

This is such an excellent idea! Children enjoy crafting and they love to see their parents actually using what they made for them. This would be the perfect craft for kids and would also give a parent the opportunity to spend time with their child while guiding them through the project.

Plus, you are using material and supplies that would otherwise be discarded! This is a win-win-win craft project for everyone!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 25, 2015:

Thank you MsDora, for appreciating!

You are right--Children learn with fun and also get some lessons about caring for the environment.

Thank you so much for your positive comments!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 24, 2015:

This is a very good idea, Chitrangada. Sometimes a simple homemade gift makes the day for a child or even an older person. Besides decreasing the number of things we waste, we share fun and skills in projects like these. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 16, 2014:

Thank you Rajanji, for your kind visit and appreciation!

Glad you liked the hub and you are right we must reuse things as much as possible for the sake of environment. Thanks for voting up!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 15, 2014:

These look so good. Reusing and also recycling is the need of the day to conserve the environment.

Thanks for sharing your expertise.

Voted up.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 11, 2014:

Thanks Nithya, for your kind visit and positive comments!

I am glad you liked it. Thanks for voting up!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 10, 2014:

Creative and useful idea. Great tutorial with pictures. These would make great gifts for any occasion. Great hub, voted up.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 10, 2014:

Thank you Ann1Az2, for your kind visit and positive comments!

So glad to know that you liked this hub and that you are already reusing waste materials and doing your bit for the environment.

You are right, I involved many children in doing this easy craft.

Thanks!

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on December 09, 2014:

Empty coffee cans are great for this sort of thing, too. I've used the plastic ones as flower pots. Just drill a couple of small holes in the bottom, peal off the paper, and you have a flower pot.

This is a project that kids would love I think. Great instructions.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 09, 2014:

Thank you peachpurple, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad to know, you believe in reusing waste materials. Thanks!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 09, 2014:

i recycle mayo jar and pill bottle into a pencil holder. Next, I will be making Easter basket with a container too

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 08, 2014:

Thanks billybuc, for your encouraging comments!

It's a welcome change of mind that more and more believe in recycling and reusing things. We must do this for our future generations.

Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 08, 2014:

Thank you Mary Hyatt, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Glad you liked the hub and that you reuse waste materials to make meaningful gifts.

Thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 08, 2014:

Thank you Devika, for reading the hub! Your comments are much appreciated. Thanks for voting up!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 08, 2014:

I love any article about recycling and reusing. Excellent craft idea..

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 08, 2014:

I have done this for years! My kids and I would make Christmas gifts using cans, jars, etc. and we loved doing this.

Voted UP and useful, of course!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 08, 2014:

Greatly thought of here. I don't reuse any material. My better half does that all the time. Interesting and useful points. Voted up!