postheadericon How to Make a Pencil and Photo Holder Using Office Supplies

This modern looking marvel is both functional and fashionable, and it’s super-easy to make! This project will only take a minute — unless of course you’re trying to avoid doing actual work at the office, in which case you can spend hours looking through photos to find just the right ones to display…

How to Make a Pencil and Photo Holder Using Office Supplies

1 Raid the office supply room. You will need 8 medium size binder clips (1 and a quarter inches wide) and 4 rubber bands. That’s it.

How to Make a Pencil and Photo Holder Using Office Supplies

2 Arrange the clips. Take the 8 clips and pull the metal handles back, so they rest on the black metal clip (as shown). Now on their sides, arrange them into a circle. The shape will look more like a flower, and may not be a ‘perfect’ circle, but get as close to it as you can.

How to Make a Pencil and Photo Holder Using Office Supplies

3 Enforce the shape with rubber bands. With your flower-looking shape laid-out and ready, take two rubber bands and stretch them out between four fingers, as shown, larger than the circumference of the clips. This will allow you to drop them down over the clips in one smooth motion, so it contacts all the clips at once – otherwise your shape will not stay intact. After applying the first pair of rubber bands, carefully flip it and apply a second pair. If you need to reshape the “flower”, poke a finger or a sharpie in the center of the clips.

How to Make a Pencil and Photo Holder Using Office Supplies

4 Add pens and pencils. You can keep the color the same for a sleek minimalist look or use different colors to create something more eye-catching.

How to Make a Pencil and Photo Holder Using Office Supplies

5 Add photos. Time for the creative fun! Placing them in between the handles of silvery metal, add photos, postcards, notes — whatever you’d like.

How to Make a Pencil and Photo Holder Using Office Supplies

6 Show off. Place this amazing pen and photo holder someplace where fellow coworkers can pass by and compliment you on your skills. Oh, and if anyone asks, well, the clips aren’t leaving the office, are they?

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