DIY GUY: Cork Pencil Holder

We’ve been working with cork at lot recently: we used it for the packaging of our mōd Power Kit’s and since we have acquired a plethora of knowledge on the benefits of using this material.

Cork is essentially a very sustainable material. It comes from the bark of the cork oak tree and not the entire tree itself. Once the bark is stripped off the tree it is left to recover fully for 9-12 years until it is harvested again. It also is biodegradable and scraps can be reformed back into many different types of cork.

With cork sheets still laying around our office from designing our packaging we thought we would use it to create a pencil holder.


What we used:

  • 2 sheets of 12×12 inch cork (we suggest a dense cork) 
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Power drill and 3/8″ drill bit
  • Hot glue gun


Step 1:

  • Measure and cut out 6×6 inch squares.      Note: You can use any shape you want (hearts, triangles etc.). 
  • Take one of the 6×6 squares and cut twenty 1/2 inch squares.
  • Figure out the design you like (it took us a few tries to see what we thought would be best).


Step 2: (start heating up your hot glue gun)

  • Take four 6×6 squares and place them on top of each other.
  • Mark where you’re going to drill the holes for the pencils/pens.
  • In a safe and sturdy area drill through the stack.


Step 3:

  • Lay one of the 6×6 squares without the drill holes down on a flat surface. 
  • Take four 1/2 inch squares and glue them down to each corner of the 6×6.
  • Put glue on opposite side of the 1/2 inch squares and place another 6×6 on top of them.
  • Repeat
  • When you get to the 6×6 squares with the drill hole just be conscious that you’re lining up the drill holes.
  • You’re done!



For more information on Cork check out this website: