Recycled Arabic Pen Holder {Tutorial}

My daughter made this pen holder out of a recycled Arabic magazine to help keep track of supplies while homeschooling during COVID19 quarantine.

Usually our family has one homework designated space in our home, but now that all three of my daughters are in school, in their bedrooms, we have had to transform them into classrooms.

We looked around the house for items we could make and found an old can and magazine that will work just great to hold pens on top of the desk for easy access..


  • Recycled magazine
  • Metal can
  • Scissors
  • Painters tape
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Foam brush
  • Chopstick

My daughter started making the pen holder by carefully cutting out a single piece of paper out of the magazine, then cut it diagonally. She placed the chopsticks on one triangle and rolled the paper onto it.

Next, my daughter added a dab of glue to hold the rolled shape, took out the chopstick and cut one end.

Next she laid down a piece of blue tape and added the rolled up paper, one by one.

After she had enough to go around the can, she taped it all together and cut the top.

The final steps are to cover the whole thing with Mod Podge to hold it tight, then add a ribbon over the blue tape.

Instead of just leaving the ribbon plain, I helped my daughter fold over an extra piece of ribbon & added a middle to make a bow. She used a dab of glue to add it to the front.

Now our pen holder was done & ready to go on her desk to organized all her writing utensils.

Check out these other recycled craft tutorials we have made

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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.