Make Your Own….Pencil Cup

February 9, 2012 , In: DIY Office Decor

Over the summer I enjoyed a Martha Stewart Living article about shell art. I’ve always been a fan of beach décor, not kitschy beach themed accents, just simple furniture and accessories that remind me of summer.

Inspired by that article, I attempted some shell art for my office. Here are the end results:



Make Your Own


  • Clear glass vase(s) from a hobby thrift store.
  • Bag of miniature shells from the hobby store.
  • Starfish from the hobby store or a shell shop if you live by the beach.
  • Twine


  • Glue Gun
  • Needle-nose pliers (optional)
  • Scissors

To make the starfish pencil cup simply wrap the twine around the cup.  Make sure that the front overlaps to build up the twine, tie off in the front.  Place a large amount of hot glue on the area where the twine overlaps and is tied off. Attach the starfish.  Even people that don’t consider themselves handy can tackle this DIY project. Super simple.


The shell pencil cup will take a little more time and patience, but not much more skill. Start at the bottom place the hot glue, about an inch at a time, and add the shells in a row.  Do one row at a time so that you can be sure it lines up.  Don’t worry about extra glue it gives it a shiny look that I didn’t mind. You can use needle-nose pliers to place the shells if that makes it easier.


I loved the shell pencil cup so much I made more to use as candle holders.  The shells look amazing with the glow from a lit candle.  Just remember, unless you’ve achieved a paperless office keep the candles at home.

    • Jen
    • February 9, 2012

    Oh my goodness I adore the simplicity and beauty of the starfish holder. It is even prettier with those fantastic blue pencils inside! ;)


      • Katja
      • February 23, 2012

      What a great idea! They look great and I love how you used scohol colors too. New follower from the hop! Come visit me at and enter my $10 Amazon GC giveaway to celebrate the launch of my blog! :) Have a great weekend!

    • Jeffrey Smith
    • February 16, 2012

    Thx for the advice, and your website genuinely looks really good. What word press design are you using?

      • Holly
      • February 16, 2012

      We had a custom design made. Thanks for asking.

    • lmo333
    • February 16, 2012

    I love the seaside office accessories. I have a collection of beach glass in lovely blues & greens. Guess what I’ll be doing w/ those!

    • Areesha
    • May 12, 2016

    Its simply awesome :)

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