It’s Thursday, so I have another DIY decorating project for you. I love this one. It’s easy and truly elegant!
First I started with an Illy coffee can. When we went to Tuscany a few years, we got hooked on the delicious coffee there and were excited to see we could find the same brand when we returned home. Then when you finish your coffee you have there great cans to wor with. I cut the decorative paper to the height of the can. I also found some ribbon and trim that went with my paper.
I used craft glue to glue the paper to my can, and used elastic to hold the paper in place while the glue dried.
Then I glued ribbon on the top to cover the top of the can. I had to use a glue gun for the ribbon.
To cover the transition from the paper to ribbon, I added some trim that I glued in place with the glue gun.
After the glue dried I removed the elastic. Then I filled the pencil holder with my pretty colored pencils.
I love how it looks on my desk! It’s just a coffee can, but I think it’s really classy.
See what I mean? You could do this with any can that is the right size for pencils.
I also wanted to point out this scale on the desk that I just found. It’s an old postal scale, maybe from France. It was a splurge, but gorgeous! As much as I love my pencil holder I can’t keep it on my desk, because there is a pencil theft in my house, and they will all be gone by morning if left here. I hide them in my pantry. But otherwise I would leave them out on my desk.
The trick to this project is finding beautiful paper. I found mine at my local Michael’s store.
Don’t forget the giveaway going on now.
Mary Wells says
Very nice, and I love easy. I also love the scale.
Thinking of making this but using it to hold all of my makeup brushes. Would also be ideal to hold all of my makeup pencils. Thanks for a cute idea.
JoAnn Kalback says
Repurposing a coffee can for a lovely and easy diy pencil cup was such a great idea!
Love the paper! Will look at our local Michael’s. Thank you!
I found my paper st Joanns. Beautiful Buttercream product. Mine is olive green with roses
Candy C says
Nice idea and could use for multiple of different items, thanks for sharing.
Love that beautiful paper. Love your blog!
Love that gorgeous paper and love your blog!
Your scale is wonderful…
Pretty pencil holder too
Amy L. James says
I love how the ribbon wraps over the top edge of the can to hide it. That is a great idea and I am going to try it myself!
Deborah McReynolds says
Darling idea as always.
I admire your crankiness! I did a similar pencil cup from a Pirouline cookie can. A little narrower than the Illy can but perfect for the project- especially for those who haven’t discovered the pleasures of Illy coffee.
BTW, your scale looks to be a 1920’s to 1940’s Columbus bilateral postal scale. They were made by Philip J.Maul in Hamburg Germany. I love the vignette on your desk. Great job!
Craftiness not crankiness!!! So sorry -note to self- must read to check for auto correct before sending!
Oh ha that’s funny Susan! I just thought I must have said I was cranky somewhere in the post.
I love this idea. It seems quite simple but looks so good. Can’t wait to try it.
teresa harral says
Such a simple craft but what simple elegance the pencil holder adds to your beautiful desk!
Very nice pencil holder! I love your DIYs. This reminds me of many years ago when I was a child and this “craft” was popular. Your version is muc prettier. We didn’t have all the lovely scrap booking and paper crafts papers that are available today. “Contact paper” was the product of choice then though the pattern options were very limited where I grew up- perhaps everywhere. It somehow seems appropriate that you would reinvent it for today. Thank you for the walk down memory lane in an unexpected way.
is is hard for me to resist pretty paper…thanks for giving me more justification to buy it, ha!
I want that paper! Going to make me one of these……
MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says
Great idea! Love that antique scale, too!
What a good idea. Thank you for the inspiration.
I love this idea, right up my alley. And I’m going to look for that coffee, since I can’t go to Italy anytime soon. Some day I hope to make it there! Thanks for the fun project.
This is absolutely lovely !! One always needs a convenient place to keep pens/pencils, and your project offer a pretty way to do that. LOVE your blog & posts, huge fan here. 🙂
Sandi S says
Very nice. I’m going to look for some paper now. What about using the heavier seasonal wrapping paper to use for a holiday theme?
Sandra mauldn says
Very pretty….love the Scale. New to your blog, I like It!
So happy you found me Sandra!!
Angie @ ambient wares says
Gorgeous indeed! Love simple and beautiful projects. That scale is a great find, too!
This is a fantastic upcycle! I can’t believe how classy you made a recyclable look. Thanks for the awesome idea!
Shirley Wood says
Your paper selection is indeed gorgeous. Such a nice upcycle project with an easy tutorial. This post is Featured at this week’s Merry Monday party. So glad you share with us. Pinned.
I love that coffee also. Will now use them for decorative holders on my desk
Sandi S says
Love the pencil holder. Beautiful paper!!
Ann Jones says
Beautiful and fairly easy and quick! Also, LOVE the greenery ball in your pics. What are they and did you find them?
Maggie Cooper says
I love the paper you used, I will be on the lookout for some. I save my heavier coffee cans for future use and I have a nice one from Kimbo espresso that will be perfect.
Pattiann Smith says
I love it and I love this type of project to do with my grands!! Doesn’t take long and they can do it with ease. Your’s is very elegant and I like the ribbon and the trim, it adds that extra la-de-dah!!!! I AM going to do this one!!!! I have a off white french writing desk in our great room and it is in NEED of just this kind of thing!! You are so cool!!
cherie wrona says
Love the cup paper but the scale caught my eye. I’ve never seen one quite like it…. do you know anything about what it is, where it was found etc?