While most kids don’t mind the “organized chaos” on their study tables, teaching them a bit of organization can go a long way. If pens, pencils, and markers have no proper home in your child’s bedroom, it is just about time to have your kid do a fun DIY project to level up their workspace and get things in order.
In this blog post, we are going to share with you an easy guide to help kids make their own pen stand with basic items like glue and construction paper. So, ask your kid to gather the supplies and create a crafty masterpiece to get rid of their desk clutter in no time!
Why making a DIY paper pen stand is a beneficial activity for kids
Crafting offers a host of benefits for children. Whether kids are doing it at home to spend their time constructively or at school as a part of a lesson plan or extracurricular activity, there are ways in which making a DIY pen stand benefits young crafters:
- Craft projects, like this one, encourage creativity and resourcefulness in school and at home.
- It allows kids to develop crafting proficiency and other valuable skills like patience, attention to detail, and problem-solving.
- It provides kids with an opportunity to relax and enjoy a stress-free activity.
- Kids can customize their pen stands based on their tastes and personal preferences.
- A paper pen stand is a cost-effective alternative to store-bought products.
- It boosts self-esteem as kids use their skills to create something praiseworthy.
- They imbibe the lifelong skill of keeping their belongings organized.
Easy construction paper pen stand for kids: Store your stationery and stay organized!
- Colorful construction paper (any 6)
- Craft jewels or stickers of your choice
- Scissors (Disclaimer: Adult supervision is required as scissors are a sharp tool. Please be vigilant.)
- Find yourself a comfortable workspace and arrange all the materials required within your arm’s reach.
- Pick one construction paper. We are starting with blue paper.
- Place the paper vertically and fold it diagonally.
- Next, fold the excess paper at the bottom as shown in the image, and form a crease.
- Use scissors to get rid of the excess portion. Follow the crease while cutting.
- Prepare the other five sheets in a similar manner. You will now have six large triangles of construction paper.
- Pick one triangle and open it to reveal a square.
- Fold this square vertically. Align the edges properly and use your fingers to form a crease.
- Open the fold and make sure the crease runs right in the middle of the paper.
- Hold the top right corner of the paper and fold it to the middle crease.
- Repeat the same with the top left corner of the paper to form a triangular shape.
- Fold the remaining paper at the bottom and align its edge with the base of the triangle formed.
- For the next step, fold the right side of the paper till the middle crease.
- Repeat the same with the left side to obtain a shape as shown above.
- Here, you will notice pocket-like structures on both sides of the folded paper.
- Apply some glue to the inner portion of one of these pockets, and gently insert the other side into it.
- Push the paper all the way inside the pocket and press firmly so that the folds do not open.
- You have now completed one holder for the pen stand.
- There’s still some work left to be done on this holder because it is open at the bottom. But don’t worry, we will take care of this later.
- Make five more holders with the leftover triangles you prepared earlier.
- Attach the holders by applying glue to their outer walls. Begin by fixing two holders together.
- Make two more pairs of attached holders by gluing the remaining ones.
- Now, put together all three pairs of holders using glue on their outer walls.
- Once done, it’s time to seal the base so that the stand can hold stationery properly.
- Grab a white construction paper (or any other color of your choice) and place the stand on it.
- Use a pencil or marker to trace its base. Cut this shape out with a pair of scissors.
- Spread a good amount of glue on this paper cut-out and attach it to the base of the pen stand.
- You can also add some craft jewels or stickers to decorate the pen stand. Enthusiastic crafters can also make small origami stars or origami hearts and use them as embellishments for their pen stands.
This is the final look of the construction paper pen stand.
Store your pens, pencils, markers, and other light stationary items in it and find them easily whenever you need them!
A few extra tips for this DIY project
- Choose construction paper with vibrant colors for a visually appealing result.
- Explore different construction paper textures and prints to find something you like.
- Use your imagination to add creative touches to the pen stand.
- Do not overload your pen stand with too many items. It is made of paper, after all!
- Clean the pen stand regularly to keep dust from settling in the pockets.
- If you notice signs of wear and tear after daily use, make a new one!
Organizing is an important skill to have. Teaching this skill early on helps kids navigate their tasks smoothly. Our construction paper pen stand and DIY desk organizer tray are just small steps to instill this skill in children so they learn to keep their supplies organized and pay attention to their task at hand.
Having their own pen stand will mean kids know exactly where to find necessary items without losing track. They can organize their stuff and keep their desks or study tables clean so they can focus better. So, encourage your kids to try this DIY project and feel the joy of setting up a well-organized space for themselves.
I am Priyanka Sonkushre, a writer and blogger. I am the person behind “One Loving Mama,” a mom blog. Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree along with an MBA, my healthcare background helps me deeply understand learning difficulties. I know how challenging it can be for parents to find the right resources to help their children excel in life. So, here I am to blend my healthcare expertise with my parenting experience to create valuable and helpful resources for parents and teachers supporting children with learning differences. If you wish, you can follow me on Facebook and LinkedIn.