Paper Roll Pencil Organizer Kids Craft Idea Tutorial

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I made this paper roll pencil organizer to keep my boy’s colors and crayons organized. The best part about this organizer is that it teaches your kids to sort colors. I just started teaching my little guy to use pencils and crayons. It’s so much fun to watch those little hands learn to color.


Paper roll pencil organizer

This project can also be a great back to school supplies organizer. Kids can keep in their lockers or on their table when working. It’s a great school project for teaching kids to recycle.
You can use this to organize:
Office supplies, kids crayons, paint brushes and more.
Pattern paper and Mod Podge, is all you need to make this.
Here’s what I did:

Paper roll pencil organizer

  • Paper roll
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife and self-healing mat
  • Pattern/scrapbook paper
  • Mod podge


Recycle toilet paper roll


Paper roll pencil organizer

Cut the toilet paper roll into different random sizes using the x-acto knife.
Make sure none is taller than the pencils or the pens. The tallest one in my design is for keeping the paint brushes.
Choose and arrange different scrapbook papers to see how they look together.
I used green and blue to match my boy’s room.
Next cut the paper to the tube’s size.
The simplest way to do this is by rolling the paper over the tissue roll. And mark the length and width of the roll. Once you have marked all the papers, it is easy to cut them to the right sizes. Make sure you leave some extra width, more is better than less.
Now paint the inside of the tissue roll with acrylic paints.
I painted it black, you can paint it white or any other color you like.
Let it dry, than decoupage scrapbook paper onto the tubes using Mod Podge Matte.
Next cover the paper with Mod Podge to seal it. Let it dry, and then join the tubes together using mod podge.
Hold the tubes together for a while for a stronger bond. (as shown in the picture)
Finally to make the base of the organizer, cut and paint a piece of cardboard.
Glue the base to the tissue rolls and let it dry.
I used mod podge to glue the base also.




Cut the base around the tissue rolls with the x-acto knife.
You will need some paint touches on the edges.
Here’s what you get:

Paper roll holder

Now you can enjoy your paper roll pencil organizer.
The best part about this recycled organizer is you can design it anyway you want.


I hope you found this idea to recycle toilet paper roll useful.


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  1. CREATIVE MIND says:

    Hi dear, its a cute organizing idea..
    by the way i think its again inspired by my TP roll organizers 🙂 isn't it? well thanks for sharing! keep rocking 🙂

  2. El Olor de Cádiz says:


  3. JUJU e LELÊ Artesanatos says:

    Olá Hani,
    Muito criativa sua ideia de organizar os lápis.
    Gostei muito, parabéns!

  4. Venassa says:

    I think I'll try this out sometime this week since I really need something to organize all my pens, markers and paintbrushes. My desk is a huge mess.

  5. The Doodler says:

    I love this idea! I am saving this in my inspiration folder for future use, thanks so much for sharing! I'm your newest follower and came over form the simply sweet home link party!

    Brie from

  6. DeeDee says:

    I love recycling and this is a perfect idea! 🙂

  7. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    You come up with some of the cutest organizing ideas! Love this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays Hani!!

  8. Joseph says:

    This makes a great idea. But do take care of bugs also…this is what really scares me…There are some good tips on boxelder bug control at

  9. BeingBrook says:

    Love this! Would be the perfect idea for on top of a kids desk.

  10. Donna says:

    what a fun idea!! came by from A Vision to Remember-would love if you stopped by my post too End of Summer Purse

  11. Good Girl Gone Green says:

    Great idea! NEver thought of that! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Walking by Faith says:

    What a neat idea! I'll have to try this sometime!

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays! I'm your newest follower. 🙂

  13. Erin of says:

    I wrote a post recently on repurposing TP and papertowel rolls, so this really made me smile! 🙂 These turned out great!

    I would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at

  14. Miss Kitty says:

    I'm always wondering what to do with the leftover rolls when the paper towels or toilet paper is finished. This is a great craft and has so many possibilities. Thank you for sharing your idea and the instrucitons. I saw your post over at Home Savvy A to Z.

  15. Suzanne says:

    Sorting by color is such a good idea!

  16. June Scott says:

    Okay, you may think I'm weird, but I love this idea for me!~ for organizing my craft table, in the midst of the crafting! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Casey says:

    great idea!!

  18. One Tough Mother says:

    Really cute! This is one of those ideas that makes me slap my forehead and say, “Why didn't I think of that?!” Thanks for sharing!

  19. Erin of says:

    Thank you so much for linking up at's Savvy HomeMade Monday this week!

  20. Vintage Precious says:

    Fantastic! Love this project very creative and I have everything I need to make them, thanks! Thank you for stopping by my Wednesday blog hop too. 🙂

  21. says:

    What a fun way to keep organized

  22. A Lived in Home says:

    What a great craft for kiddos. I'm going to feature this on my blog Saturday for my weekend wrap-up. I'm linking back to you. Please come check it out Sat.

  23. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says:

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!!

  24. shopannies says:

    love it great way to stay organized and love it that it was recycled material come see me at

  25. c.w.frosting says:

    Great, creative idea! I love recycled projects!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  26. Brittany says:

    i love this! i've been looking for ideas for using things i already have like this.

  27. Tanya Anurag says:

    Wonderful idea. I loved how you joined the pieces together.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea-Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Your post added to the celebration. Party for this week is going on now. Hope to see you there.

  28. Krista says:

    What a thrifty idea! Too bad we just finished off a roll of paper towels and I threw the tube away. Next time… I also wanted to let you know it'll be featured at this weekend's party on While He Was Napping. Come grab and featured button, if you'd like. And, I hope you'll share some more great projects.

  29. Mod Podge Amy says:

    Very fun! I love the way you did the base. Great idea!

  30. Madigan at madiganmade says:

    I love simple and recycled organizing ideas! This is so cute.

  31. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

    This is such a labor of love! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 🙂

  32. Alexis says:


  33. Priscila says:

    Love the different levels! Cute!

  34. Natasha says:

    So Cute xx

    Would love it if you could share this on Serenity Saturday over at


  35. The Outlaw Mom says:

    Great repurposed paper roll idea – we're always looking for more and this one is SO cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  36. Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    LOVE IT! I hope you will link up to Scrappy Saturdays linky party @

  37. CraftyCupcake13 says:

    Hani! These are WONDERFUL what a great and clever idea!!! I'm so glad I found you over at Tatertots and Jello, thanks for linking UP! I'm your newest follower! I'd love for you to visit me too, you can find me here:

    I'm definitely going to have to try this out!!


  38. Chris Wooten says:

    I love to use trash for my treasures..I use coffee cans cover with pretty paper or fabric of choice.

    You did awesome job

    very your blog…

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  39. Chris Wooten says:

    Awesome…I love to use trash for treasures…..

    You did awesome job

    very your blog…

    Hop over and visit mine when you get a chance.

    I do monthly giveaways. Some of my giveaways are worth lots of money.

    Hope you see you there. Join my site and be sure to leave comments on as many top 5 post.

    I get so much inspiration by visiting these blogs. Ladies you all have Talent.


  40. Katie says:

    WOW! This is amazing. I would have never thought to use paper rolls to make something like this.

    Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you'll join us for another edition of What's Up Wednesday's!

  41. Katie's Nesting Spot says:

    I love it, what a great upcycle project!

  42. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:


    Thank you so much for visiting my party. I shared your project on my FB page… so CLEVER!

  43. hey sis! says:

    Love this idea! I am going to use this in my classroom for my desk… Thanks for the inspiration.

  44. Erin @ How to Nest for Less says:

    LOVE THIS! I featured you on my Favorites of the Week! Hope you can stop by:

    Erin @ How to Nest for Less

  45. Craft 4 Change says:

    GREAT idea…I've been saving (and my friends too!) TP and paper towel rolls for just this kind of project. I'm going to use it with the kids I teach crafts to at the Transitional Housing apartments (formerly homeless families) to! Thanks for reminding me how cute this is. ~~Robyne~~

  46. Jenifer Harrod says:

    great looking!

  47. farah gul says:

    dear hani, u did nice job. i really like these holders. keep it up

  48. Jen says:

    Very resourceful these are awesome and perfect for the kids! This is a very creative and innovative way to do a pencil holder. We did a toilet paper roll snake project out of the same materials you used.

  49. Nikki says:

    So creative!

  50. Maria Vogue says:

    Thanks for this pencil organizer idea, Hani!
    Very beautiful, but simple to do.

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