DIY Dollar Store Pencil Cup

DIY Dollar Store Pencil Cup | Revamperate
It’s been a whirlwind lately. This week, I found out my company is selling to a larger competitor. Although they plan to keep our workforce and our company’s name and branding, it’s a big change. I’m not sure what to expect in the coming weeks, but I see quite a few changes in my future.

In the meantime, my desk at work still feels really bare, which bothers me since I’ve worked there almost a year. It just doesn’t feel like ME. I guess that just comes with working in one of many cubicles. Slowly, I’ve been finding ways to dress it up and personalize my desk with my DIY paint chip calendar and a cute mousepad I bought on Etsy. It’s all about the little things!

One thing I’ve been missing on my desk is a pencil cup holder, so I decided the easiest thing to do was makeover a one dollar wire cup I found with a little paint and ribbon. It’s a great one-hour project that satisfied my itch to spray paint something. Yeah, that happens sometimes!


  • Metal pencil cup holder (I found mine in the dollar section at Target)
  • Colorful spray paint
  • Matching ribbon

DIY Dollar Store Pencil Cup | Revamperate DIY Dollar Store Pencil Cup | Revamperate
I picked up a basic open wire pencil cup holder at Target (I also recommend checking the Dollar Store, etc.) and cleaned it up. Then I spray painted it a bright turquoise color. Once it dried, I threaded a 1/2 inch wide complementary polkadot ribbon through the holes in the cup and tied the ends into a bow, cutting the ends at an angle. Then fill it with supplies!

Easy and pie, right? Now I have a cute wire pencil cup on my desk that brightens up my cubicle and opens up some space in my drawers. I’m on the prowl for more cute office DIYs for my cubicle, so hopefully you’ll see more from me soon (that is, if I still have a job…kidding!). Enjoy!

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