One easy zero waste craft to keep the kids organised

September 2021

It’s officially autumn! This means two things: Halloween prep and – of course – the kids are back to school!

With homework to be done, now is the perfect time to get organised. So why not take on this zero waste craft and transform the cardboard core of your Feel Good roll into a pencil pot? It’s a great opportunity to make use of any scrap paper lying around too.

Don’t forget to supervise little ones for this activity – we recommend an adult takes charge of the hot glue gun and scissors.

What you’ll need:
  • Feel Good toilet paper core
  • Scrap paper – wrapping paper, or even wallpaper would be perfect, but use anything you have lying around
  • Scrap cardboard (an old cereal or tissue box will do here)
  • Glue stick and a hot glue gun
  • Scissors
Make the most of rubbish such as scrap paper and toilet roll cores with this zero waste craft.
Read on for a how-to…
Step 1:

Decide the arrangement of your pencil pot. Carefully measure and cut the toilet roll tubes down to several different lengths depending on the arrangement you’re after. You can do as many as you like – the more you do, the bigger your pencil pot will be!

Step 2:

Place the tubes on your selected jazzy paper, measure and cut pieces to cover the outside. Neatly wrap and stick in place with glue. This step is optional but will make your final product look even better – you can also use scrap wallpaper or leftover wrapping paper. This is a zero waste craft, so the more waste you save from the bin, the better!

Step 3:

Glue the tubes together in your selected arrangement. We find a hot glue gun works best for this, but good old PVA would also work well.

Step 4:

Flatten out your cardboard and glue the base of the group of tubes. Wait for the glue to dry then carefully cut around the tubes. Another tip here – use an old cereal box or tissue box!

Step 5:

You have a finished pen pot! Fill with all your favourite stationery and admire your crafting skills!

Step 5: Admire your pen pot! That's another zero waste craft, complete.

You can play around with your pencil pot, customising as much as you like with different papers and arrangements. Why not share your pencil pot creations with us on Facebook or Instagram. You can also keep an eye on this page for more craft ideas, like this adorable bird feeder.

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