When I visit a new place, I always bring a map. Whether it’s a custom one I’ve created in Google Maps or a traditional printed one I’ve purchased or picked up from a tourist office, I’m never without directions in my pocket.
But once I get home, I usually just shove the tattered streets in a file for “next time.” Often I know there won’t be a next time, but I still can’t bring myself to get rid of the old things. There’s just something about a well worn path with memories of the stops I’ve made.
Well, why not upcycle some of that map stack? I decided to do just that with these map covered pencil holders. They are super simple even for non crafty types, and they certainly spice up the bill corner.
Map Covered Pencil Holder Supplies:
- An assortment of old maps
- Empty drink cartons, washed and dried
- A ruler (optional, except for perfectionists)
Start by gathering your milk or juice cartons. You could also use other types of boxes or even tin cans if you’re going for round pencil holders, but adjusting the height of the containers won’t be as easy if they’re metal.
Make a small horizontal line with your marker where you will cut off the top of the cartons. Use a ruler to make all the sides even if you’d like. I made three pencil holders at the same time, and I made them of varying heights. Be sure not to make them too shallow (pencils will fall out) or too tall (pens will be buried).
Using scissors (or a box cutter), cut off the top of the cartons. Don’t worry too much (perfectionists) about making the edges amazingly even. Covering the containers with maps will disguise minor flaws.
Lay your container down on one of the maps and wrap it up like a Christmas gift, tucking the excess map inside the carton. Use tape to secure.
Repeat for as many pencil holders as your little heart desires. Stand back and admire how nicely your writing instruments look in Berlin.