clay pen holderIt’s been a while since we made our clay pens. And I’m thinking, it’s just the right time to make something to keep them in. So today, we’re going to walk you through making DIY clay pen or pencil holders, to keep on your desk. You can make these in a whole bunch of colours and designs, customising them to your liking. Since it’s quite simple to follow. Plus, I really like this idea for a kids craft. It’s a nice way to introduce children to clay DIYs and I’m thinking of using it for my next workshop. Here’s how it’s made!

do it yourself clay pen holders

Time taken: 30 minutes per holder

Budget: Low


  • Air Dry Clay in various colors of your choice
  • Powder / Flour
  • Glass tumblers (I used 2 old glasses)
  • Double sided tape

Handmade clay pencil holder


  1. Start by deciding on your colours and breaking of equal pieces of the clay. Make sure to make a lot of pieces, you’re going to need at least 8 strands of clay.
  2. Sprinkle a little bit of powder or flour on the surface your working on and roll the first piece of clay in it.
  3. Place clay between your hands and started rolling first into a ball and then into a tube/ cylinder. This helps make the clay softer and easier to work with.
  4. Place the cylinder on the surface and using both your hands start rolling the clay outwards, making it as even as possible.

There are two ways in which you can make the strands. Either make long ones that can be placed around the glass or you can make individual ones that loop around the glass. Repeat this step for all the colours and clay pieces.

colourful clay pencil holder

5. If you’re using oven bake clay, skip this step. But, if you’re using an air dry clay, it’s possible your clay isn’t sticky enough to stay on the glass. In which case, paste lines of double sided tape all around your glass.

6. Place the clay strand at the bottom and roll it around the glass. When you reach the end of a strand, press it into the glass. Continue adding strands till you reach the top, without leaving gaps between the strands.

7. Once all the clay has been placed, gently roll the pencil holder between your hands. This evens out any lumps or spaces in the clay.

DIY clay tutorial

8. To finish, if you’re using air dry clay leave the pencil holder overnight to set. On the other hand, if you’re using oven bake clay, place it in your oven for 20-30 minutes. The temperature is usually specified on the clay packaging. This is safe to do, as the temperature is usually low and won’t crack the glass.

And that’s it! Your clay pen holders are ready to use!

DIY stationery - pen holder

What I like about these clay pen holders is the variety of ways in which you can make it. For example, we made single thick loops in 2 colours for one holder and used bright thin loops for the other. So, play around with it and make your own design!

diy clay tutorialHow do you like these clay pen holders? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you make this tutorial, please take a picture and send it to us! We would love to see it.