A DIY tutorial to make a crayon holder. Build this simple yet functional crayon holder for anyone who loves to color. A super easy gift idea.
Ana made the most simple plans for this crayon holder. It’s just 2 cuts and lots of holes. I’m guessing you probably already have some 1×3 scraps lying around for this build.
I opted to add the word ‘crayons’ on front in rainbow paint colors. But of course you could personalize this crayon holder with the child’s name too. And let’s not forger all those adults who love coloring too! Heck this is a great gift for any age.
In place of the bottom board I simply glued the crayon holder onto a 3/4″ piece of plywood. My plywood is cut at 9 1/2″ x 15″ in order to accommodate a 9″ x 12″ pad of paper.
You could make this portable lap tray any size to fit your paper pad and I guarantee kids will love taking their portable lap tray in the car everywhere they go.
How to build a crayon holder:
Step 1: Follow Ana’s plans and cut your lumber.
Step 2: Glue and clamp 2 boards together. Be sure to wipe away any excess glue.
Next print out the crayon holder template which is a guide to make the holes. Click here for free printable template.
Step 1: Take the paper template and fold it in half then punch out the holes:
Step 2: Line up template on the wood piece and mark holes with a pencil:
Clamp the board to your workbench and be sure there is a scrap board underneath:
Use a 3/8″ drill bit – this fits crayons, pencils and skinny markers:
I added a piece of tape on the drill bit to mark the depth. Just deep enough to go through two board but not the scrap piece underneath.
Now glue on the last board (the one with no holes).
Print out the lettering, I used Verdana font at 130 point.
Line up the lettering over wood and using a ballpoint pen trace letters.
The pressure of the pen will leave an indent in the wood:
Paint on and inside the indent.
Fill with crayons and you’re ready to wrap up and give.
Thanks Ana for working with me on this Handmade Holiday series. I now have a full arsenal of hand built gifts to give thanks to your free plans.