We are so excited to have Sarah of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs share her DIY geometric pencil cup with us today!

Today I’m so excited to share a collaborative project with Tiny Prints! I’ve ordered cards from Tiny Prints in the past, so when I was first given the opportunity to collaborate, I instantly said YES! The personalized stationary from Tiny Prints works perfectly with my new office space.

I created up a few fun geometric pencil cups for my desk. Want to know the best part? The total cost was zero!! You’ll probably find most of the supplies needed to make these pencil cups laying around your house.

Here’s how I did it!

Materials needed:

Template (I used this website for the polygon, and just measured and cut for the L pencil holder)
Mat board
Craft glue
Wood Filler / Sanding Block

1. I printed the shapes needed on a piece of paper.

DIY Geometric Pencil Cups! Get the full how-to on the Tiny Prints blog.


2. Then I taped the pattern to a piece of mat board and cut it out. (tip: cut out a small hole in the center of each shape and place a piece of tape there as well – this helps keep it from slipping)


3. Next, I glued it together. To get the angles right, I used painters tape and secured a few together and then adjusted so they were even prior to the glue drying.


4. Since the shapes weren’t cut on an exact angle, I used wood filler to fill in the gaps.


5. Once dry, I sanded it smooth with a fine grit sanding block.


6. Then I painted the outside coral and the inside gold.  And that’s it! Pretty easy, right!?

DIY Geometric Pencil Cups! Get the full how-to on the Tiny Prints blog.


I paired them with Tiny Print’s Splendid Splash Notepad, and Tiny Print’s Bashful Brushes business cards. I like how the loose watercolor strokes contrasts the sharp geometric edges of the pencil holders.

DIY Geometric Pencil Cups! Get the full how-to on the Tiny Prints blog.

Finally, since we just closed on our house, I was so excited to get a return address stamp. I’ve been wanting one forever, but it didn’t make sense since we were renting. Ours is the Fitting Feature self inking stamp.

I had all of the materials on hand, so total cost was ZERO!! My favorite kind of project!



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6 Responses

  1. Love how this turned out!

  2. Sarah, you are the best at everything you do and this is another awesome project!

  3. This turned out great! Thanx for the tutorial.

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