Sunday, December 2, 2012

DIY modern rustic pencil holder

A bit of modern rustic for the office-- and it was easy to make!

--a small branch or two
--popsicle sticks
--acrylic paint
--wood glue
--wood stain

I started by making a simple box from 1/8" hardboard, but any square or rectangular box from wood or hardboard would work fine. 
I used a bandsaw to cut the branch and popsicle sticks, but a coping saw (an inexpensive hand saw) would work just fine.
Next came the stain for the popsicle sticks, followed by a quick, light sand to the branch slices. While sticks were drying, I painted the dividers and the box a slightly grayish blue. Then I just started gluing! 
I cut the dividers from the hardboard, but they can easily be constructed with popsicle sticks and glue. Because I wanted the dividers angled, I added small strips of wood for strength to keep them in place. 
Once I was happy with the look and the glue was dry, I gave the entire box inside and out a coat of polyurethane. I finished by giving the inside a couple more coats for added durability.

My inspiration: 
Modern landscaping design and interior use of wood slices:
I love how it turned out!

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