Father’s Day Pencil Holder Jar Gift for $5

pencil holder jar that cost less than $5 to make

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Gifts don’t always have to cost a fortune. In fact, some of my favorite gifts were handmade by my daughter’s hands and were created using supplies we already had in our house! Since our popsicle stick coaster was such a hit, we wanted to come up with another inexpensive craft idea for you. We headed to our local dollar store, picked up just 4 items, and created this adorable pencil holder jar, especially for Dad, that he’s sure to love!

daughter and Dad hugging while Dad holds a pencil holder jar
a pencil holder that cost less than $5

The best part about this handmade Father’s Day gift (besides the low cost), is that it can be used for a number of things. If Dad already has a pencil holder on his desk, you can fill the jar with his favorite candies or have him use it for loose nails/screws or even spare change. The possibilities are really endless. What Dad will love most is that his little one(s) created it, especially for him!

While this fun craft idea can be created by your little ones, I do recommend adult supervision for the hot glue gun. You may also be able to use craft glue, though we haven’t tested that out.

supplies needed to make a pencil holder jar

Supplies You’ll Need

  • a glass jar
  • twine
  • chalkboard tag
  • chalk writer
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

We picked up the glass jar, the twine, the chalkboard tags, and the chalk writer at Dollar Tree. Each was only $1.25. If you decide to fill the jar with Dad’s favorite candy as part of his Father’s Day gift, you can pick some up at Dollar Tree as well! We already had the hot glue gun and scissors in our house, so this handmade Father’s Day pencil holder jar cost us only $5.

steps to make a pencil holder jar for Father's Day

How to create this pencil holder jar

Step 1: Remove the lid from the glass jar. Place a small, thin line of hot glue at the very top of the jar and press the end of the twine to it. Wrap the twine around the entire jar, leaving as little space as possible. You may want to add thin lines of hot glue every 10 wraps or so so that the twine doesn’t move. You’ll also need to glue the end of the twine to the bottom of the jar so it doesn’t come undone. Cut off any stray pieces with scissors.

Step 2: Replace the lid. If you’ll be using it for a pencil holder, leave the center piece of the lid off. If you’ll be using it for storage, leave it in.

Step 3: Write a sweet message on the chalkboard tags. We chose I love Dad.

Step 4: Place hot glue on the back center of the tag and stick it to the twine.

Dad holding a handmade pencil holder jar

Once you have finished your pencil holder jar, if you post a photo on social media, we’d love for you to tag @thesupermomlife and encourage others to join in the fun!

If you love this handmade pencil jar holder, make sure to check out our other fun craft ideas. We have some for all occasions, with lots more coming soon!

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For just five dollars, you can create this adorable pencil holder jar, especially for Dad. It makes the perfect Father's Day gift!
For just five dollars, you can create this adorable pencil holder jar, especially for Dad. It makes the perfect Father's Day gift!

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  1. I’ve been looking for some type of craft for my kids to make their dad for his desk at work. This is perfect!

  2. I loved your DIY video and this is a lovely DIY craft that mess the perfect gift fro sure. I love that mason jar wrapped like that! So cute 😉

  3. We’ve just been talking about what we can make dad for Father’s Day and now I have the answer! Thanks so much for sharing this super sweet idea.

  4. I love doing & receiving DIY projects for gifts, this looks like a fun craft to do with kids and I like how it turned out.

  5. The pencil holder DIY is amazing…My son is still too young to do it himself but I would love to do it with him, that would be amazing….

  6. This is a really great gift idea for my husband this Father’s Day! I know he’ll love this!

  7. This is such a cute little gift, I love sweet little DIY craft gifts that have that complex look to them once they’re finished!

  8. Love this idea for father’s day! Kids love to make things and see us use them! She’s so sweet and looks so proud!

  9. I made something similar for my grandmother years and years ago. She used it for soooo many years. She used the egg carton garbage can too. 😉 Two of her most prized possessions. 🙂 She was a beauty.

  10. It’s great to get kids involved in making gifts. That looks like a useful gift to give dad this year.

  11. Okay adorable! I should have my kids make this. They can be super lazy but this is easy enough!

  12. I need to do this with my son for my husband’s Father’s Day gift. Gifts like this are always the best.

  13. That is such a cute idea. Gifts like this are always the most special. I love how easy it is to make, too. Even the young kids can do this (with a little help).