Tutorial – Vintage Book Pen Pot

I’ve used various ways of storing my pens over the years, and lately they’ve been haphazardly thrown together in a jar and a square cardboard pot, which took up a lot of space on my desk and made it quite hard to find the pen I was looking for:
But now they are neatly organised in this much more becoming Vintage Book Pen Pot:
In case you’d like one too, here’s how to make it:
What you need:

Vintage Ladybird Book
Piece of Chipboard
Hot Glue Gun
Co-ordinating Acrylic Paint
Craft Knife
Cutting Mat, Steel Ruler, Paintbrush, Pencil and Eraser (not pictured)

Step 1: Cut the covers off the book using a craft knife and a steel ruler (be careful!):


Step 2: Cut one piece of chipboard to 2″ x 6¾”, and four small pieces of chipboard to 2″ x 3¾” :
Step 3: Paint the chipboard pieces:
Step 4: Lay a book cover down on a heat proof mat, with the endpapers facing up. Run a line of hot glue along the long bottom edge, and press the longer piece of chipboard into it, holding it for a few seconds while it sets:
Step 5: Run a line of hot glue along one edge of the yellow base, and going up 3¾” of the edge of the book cover too. Stick one of the smaller pieces of chipboard to it while it’s still hot (you’ll need to move quickly), and again hold for a few seconds while it sets:
Steps 6, 7, and 8: Repeat with the remaining small chipboard pieces, spacing them out a little:
Step 9: Lay the other book cover down with the endpapers facing up, and mark where the hot glue needs to go:
Step 10: Run hot glue along the lines, very quickly, and press the chipboard pieces on the other cover down onto the glue. If you’re worried you can’t do it quick enough (before the glue cools) then you could use a slower drying super-glue.
Then fill your pen pot up! I have pencils, biros, and tools on the left, coloured pens in the middle, and black pens on the right. It makes it so much easier to see which pen I need straight away and because the pen pot is narrower than the usual round-style pot, it means it takes up less space on my desk – hooray!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial! If you’d like to make one of your own, then here’s a giveaway to get you started! Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to be in the draw to win this:
A Vintage Ladybird Book and some chipboard!
I’m sorry I can’t give you all the other things neccesary to make it, hopefully the winner will have some suitable bits already!
This giveaway is open internationally, and will close at 11.59pm (BST) Monday 2nd July. The winner will be announced on Thursday 5th July. Please make sure that you tell me how to contact you if you win, if you’re not easily reached via a google account.
Don’t forget that a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}– but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that here!
Thanks for reading, see you in an hour! x
  • This turned out to be a very cute project! I probably have a book to make it too! TFS!

    June 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm
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    What a great idea!Bethany

    June 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm
  • Neat idea – I have a pen pot made out of coasters – it doesn’t hold as much but it is decorated in beautiful turquoise and gold decopatch papers!

    June 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm
  • Right now all my pens and pencils are stored in a baby wipe container. I have to dig to find the right one. This would be perfect for me.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm
  • I found a couple of containers at a Japanese specialty store which fit pens perfectly. I have them sorted by time (brush markers in one; basic markers in a second; and black pens for drawing/journaling in a third).Rinda

    June 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm
  • Very unique project! I like how it turned out!

    June 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm
  • Thanks for the tutorial! ^^

    June 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm
  • what a super idea jennifer!

    June 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm
  • Wow, this is such a great idea. I love the way it looks when finished.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:59 am
  • Thanks for sharing your project! I recently recycled a “vintage” box for all my old Beatrix Potter books – the books are more vintage but I used BP stickers on the box so it matched. Seems like we were on the same wavelength!

    June 30, 2012 at 3:53 am
  • Cute! I saw it on a picture on your blog earlier and wondered where you got it from! xxx

    June 30, 2012 at 7:05 am
  • Great idea. Like it

    June 30, 2012 at 8:35 am
  • Genius! Can’t wait to have a go at this and I reckon I could do cool blokey ones for my sons too – not that it would make them tidy! Yes please, I would love to have a chance to win the goodies. Annie 🙂

    June 30, 2012 at 8:54 am
  • What a fantastic idea, I would never have thought of using an old book! I have a tray that holds three square plant pots that I use for all my pens and scissors and that works great 🙂

    June 30, 2012 at 9:27 am
  • love love this DIY!!

    June 30, 2012 at 9:47 am
  • I love this! It seems easy and looks so cute!

    June 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm
  • Great idea….and love the use of the old Ladybird book….I used to love them.

    June 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm
  • Great tutorial for a really cool project. My daughter could use one of those for her desk. In my studio I need to keep pens/markers in mugs and glass jars – mostly on a lazy susan – but that’s because I have so very many.

    June 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm
  • That is such a good idea 🙂 Mine are currently in mugs and a Doctor Who cereal bowl! You can stick me in the draw for this one…thanks 😉

    June 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm
  • what a great idea for storing pens! I am definitely going to try this!

    July 1, 2012 at 4:37 am
  • Oh! this turns into something really beautiful and usefull.. Thanks a lot for share this tutorial, this is something I really like to trysra_de_romero(at)yahoo.com.mx

    July 1, 2012 at 6:57 am
  • That’s so cute, thanks for sharing x

    July 1, 2012 at 9:40 am
  • This is adorable! TFS!

    July 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm
  • Wonderful tutorial…it’s got my creative juices going!

    July 2, 2012 at 12:51 am
  • Great idea – thanks for the tute 🙂

    July 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm
  • what a super idea, off to raid the kids book shelves 🙂

    July 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm
  • That’s a great idea! I have far too many pen pots etc but this is cute.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm
  • Hi Jennifer, I just got my parcel today – thank you SO much, I’m thrilled to bits with it!!! The little book is really cute and it was so kind of you to put all that extra gorgeousness in – I had to take a picture of it for my blog 🙂 I’ll let you know how I get on with the pencil pot. Annie x

    July 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm
  • Khalid Dori

    Great idea….and love the use of the old Ladybird book….I used to love them.

    December 1, 2012 at 4:57 am
  • So clever! Tres charmant 😀

    June 7, 2014 at 1:58 am
  • This is one of my favorite ideas from the weekend & I just linked to it in a blog post about upcycling! Thanks for the inspiration!

    June 10, 2014 at 3:55 am

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