Sarah Khandjian is the crafty maker behind the DIY lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She is a graphic designer with a passion for creating lovely things. When not blogging or making something cute, Sarah can be found at the barn with her horse (her other passion).
I’m always looking for stylish ways to keep my desk organized. Since most of us spend so much of our days at our desks, why not fill them with functional items that look lovely, too? My organizational solution was to create a fun pencil cup using an empty paint can that would corral pens, pencils, and paint brushes. This colorful container also doubles as a daily calendar. It’s stylish and multi-functional – two things that are a must when you’re limited on desk space.
To create your own calendar pencil cup you will need:
- Empty one-quart paint can
- Washi tape, in various colors and patterns
- X-acto knife
- 2 printable magnet sheets
- Calendar template (click to print)
- Ink jet printer
Start by downloading the calendar template and printing out the text on the magnetic paper. Use scissors or a cutting machine to cut out each word and number.
It is helpful to bend the magnets around a pencil before you use them. This creates a slight curve in them and helps them wrap around the paint can.
Cover the entire outside of the paint can with washi tape. This can be kinda haphazard for a more organic look or it can be applied neat and orderly. Be sure that the tape hangs off both the top and bottom edges.
Carefully use the X-acto knife or a utility knife to cut off the excess tape on the top and bottom of the can. Peel off the small pieces of cut washi tap and you’re ready to add the magnets and fill the cup with writing utensils!
Happy DIY organizing!
Note: You can store the extra week day and number magnets on the back side of the paint can so you can quickly change the date.