DIY Color Block Pen Holders

I went to the SNAP conference last weekend, and it was awesome! I met a bunch of amazing bloggers, talked to some great brands, and attended a ton of inspiring classes! And of course, we all ended up with a lot of swag once the conference was over, so I decided to turn these plain pen holders I got from Blitsy into super cute color block pen holders!

DIY color block pen holders, too cute! Just need tape and paint!

These little pen holders were so quick and easy to make, and they ended up being absolutely adorable as well as functional! By the way, if you haven’t checked out Blitsy yet, they sell awesome craft supplies like these wooden pen holders, paint, scrapbooking supplies, jewelry supplies, etc. at up to 70% off every day! Plus, I just found out they’re located in Chicago!

DIY Color Block Pen Holders

Here’s what you need:

  • wooden pen holders
  • craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • washi tape

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I started by taping off the top of the pen holders so that I could paint the inside.

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I painted the inside and top edges in one color. Make sure when you’re painting near the tape, to start with your paintbrush on the tape and brush away from the tape. If you brush towards the tape you may end up pushing bits of paint under the tape which will ruin your sharp lines!

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Once the paint was dry, I pulled off the tape. Then I added more tape on the top edge to protect that paint color. I also added strips of tape all over the rest of the pen holder to make geometric shapes.

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I carefully painted each shape in a different color (remember to paint inwards from the tape, not out towards the tape!) and then set it aside to dry.

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Once the paint is dry, pull off the tape, and you’re done!

DIY color block pen holders, too cute! Just need tape and paint!

Add some pens, or use it to hold your paintbrushes.

DIY color block pen holders, too cute! Just need tape and paint!

DIY color block pen holders, too cute! Just need tape and paint!

Which color is your favorite?

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If you liked this project, check out these other simple paint crafts!

Disclosure: I received these little pen holders for free from Blitsy at the conference, but they were just so cute and functional I knew I had to use them somehow! All opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂


Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Lisa says

    8 years ago

    Hi Jessi! I am a newer blogger and I was feeling a little stuck on creating images for my blog posts, so I figured I would browse Pinterest to see what intrigued me and I couldn’t help but to notice your post! I love your pen holder – I am not so crafty, but I think I could manage this 🙂 I look forward to browsing through the rest of your site and getting a little more inspiration! Lisa @ wiggles and whimsy

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      8 years ago

      I’m so glad you found some inspiration, thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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