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Geometric Pencil Holder

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I have been dying to share this project with you! My team for the Cricut Design Space challenge decided to choose the theme “pencils”, making today the perfect day to share my geometric pencil holder!

Geometric Pencil Holder

Once of my very favorite features on the Cricut Design Space is the upload images feature.  You can easily upload any image and make it cut-able on your machine.  The program allows you to take away any background images so that you can cut only the things that you want to cut, PLUS the cuts are incredibly straight and clean instead of jagged lines that I have seen on other machines when using the trace feature.

DIY pencil holder

To make this pencil holder, I imported an image into design space from this website that has a TON of fun geometric shapes that would all be really great pencil holders. The shapes are free.  To get it to the size that you want, you will need to divide the pattern slightly so that it can fit onto the mat that you are cutting with.  I used some mat board from the framing section at Hobby Lobby to create my pencil holder.  You can get a big pack of 12 inch pieces for $8-10.  After the pieces are all cut out, I used hot glue to attach the pieces together and then used wood filler to fill in all the cracks to give it a more smooth finish.  Once that was dry, I sanded it down and then spray painted the entire thing using a Rustoleum metallic spray paint from Home Depot.

DIY geometric pencil holder

It is a little time consuming trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together, but the end result is worth it!  If you liked my project, you should definitely check out the rest of the projects from my team below.  It has been a lot of fun working with these ladies and they are SO creative!


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Painted Mason Jars

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Painted Mason Jar tutorial

I originally shared this tutorial over on Bakerette, but I thought I would share it here as well because who doesn’t LOVE painted mason jar vases?!  You are going to love the way they look in your house, but you will probably love the cost even better!  I had all of these supplies on hand, so it didn’t cost me anything for a new decoration that I can use anywhere!  I love projects like that.

Mason Jars


  • Mason jars
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

Mason Jar tutorialI have wanted some of these in my house for a really long time, but never took the time to make them before.  Now that they are done, I am wondering what the heck took me so long!  I grabbed some jars from my pantry and made sure that they were free from dust or dirt before starting to paint.  Then I painted the outside of the jar ONLY.  This is important because if you paint the inside, it could be hazardous for plants if you choose to put living plants into the jars.  Plus, the paint won’t hold up if you put water in the jar.  Just stick to painting the outside.

Mason Jar vases

Once it is dry, apply a second coat.  If you still don’t have the coverage that you want after the second coat, feel free to add as many as you would like.

Painted Mason Jar vases

Last, I added some plants to my jar.  They are just fake for now, but I might replace them for real ones later on.  Who knows?!  I love the way they look all together.  It makes a nice statement without being over the top, PLUS it cost me nothing.  Love that!

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