Ombre Wood Stain Pen Holder

January 18, 2016Allison Murray
Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

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Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Last week Rob had a big art show and it was fantastic. Working up to the big day was a bit stressful, though. He quite literally spent hundreds of dollars on frames to go around each piece for a uniform look. It was getting down to the wire with delivery not happening so we went to the craft stores. The first wanted almost $200 per painting. And these weren’t big ones either, like 8×10 and 12×12. Rob asked “is this with all of those sales that are all over the ad?” and when they replied yes we totally understood why they do those huge discounts… so you feel like you’re getting a decent deal. Geez, Louise.

We went to the next craft store and they wanted around $80 for each frame but we had to install them ourselves but Rob went ahead and ordered them. As we walked around the store he realized that they would be available to be picked up on the same day we had to deliver them to the gallery. With having to put them together and get the paintings to the gallery and Rob’s first day back at work it was just too much all on one day. Heck, just taking them to the gallery wound up being a huge ordeal alone!

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Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

So here we were, right down to the nitty gritty with no frames and no way of getting them for a decent price. So I suggested we do what I do and DIY it. Had I ever made floater frames before? Nope. Was I even really sure what it was? Nope. But that didn’t stop us and we went to town and Rob spent a fraction of the money he would have on frames on the tools to make his own. And just because it’s good for a giggle, on the way home Rob asked “do you think you’ll get any use out of the new martyr saw?” And if you’re wondering the answer, why yes, as this post just so happens to prove, I think I’ll get tons of use out of the new martyr (mitre) saw :)

In fact I was pretty stoked to be working with PaperMate for their pens, my absolute favorite Ink Joys to get my Mr. Rob ready to get back to school as I kind of alluded to above. Mr. Andes is not only a fantastic artist but also an art instructor at the local community college and he has to get ready to go back to school just like the kids do. We went to Staples, me to get my fix of fabulously colorful ink and he more mundane black ball point pens perfect for office work. And I just knew that I could make a fab way for him to store his pen holders and paint brushes in his office.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

For ages his office has been blah and bland and he doesn’t much like his office hours because of it. Slowly but surely he’s taking things here and there to warm up the space and make it more cozy and inviting for himself. I just knew that I could use that ab fab mitre saw to make something that would be warm and inviting, pretty and functional for his space. So we snagged a ton of pens, some for him and some for me and I ran around the hardware store getting supplies for this project while he had boards cut for new paintings. What can I say? We’re quite the productive duo!!!

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

For this project you will need:

  • 6″ wide wood boards – decent quality – not warped or wonky
  • wood stain in 3 graduating colors
  • power drill – corded works best
  • 1/2 inch drill bit
  • hammer

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

I didn’t take pictures of Rob cutting the wood with his new saw because I found it to be boring and I wound up moving Christmas decorations from the house to the garage instead :) BUT this started out as 2 – 6 inch wide boards that were 4 feet long of Aspen. Now I grabbed these boards for a few reasons… they were perfectly straight and when I pushed the two pieces together were perfectly flush.That’s to say there was no curve or gaps anywhere that would keep my wood from easily sitting straight and pretty. I also got these because I thought they were a lot cheaper than they were. On clearance I paid around $14 for both boards which isn’t super but considering Rob has a place to keep up with 60 pens and paint brushes it ain’t all that bad, either!

Cut each of your 6″ wide boards into a foot. After cutting put the blocks together and sand as necessary to get them to be as similar in size as possible. Perhaps some day we’ll have perfect cuts but for now a little sanding is required :)

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

For the ombre effect I went with PolyShaes in Bombay Mahogany, Antique Walnut and Pecan.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

I had 6 boards total so 2 of each were stained with each color. The top, lightest color, and bottom, darkest, also had one side also stained for a pretty exterior all of the way around. Follow the directions on your stain and allow to fully dry.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Once dry it’s time to start gluing our pieces together. Place your bottom piece, with the stained side facing down, on a clean table. Squeeze a healthy amount of wood glue around the top of this board, making sure to cover the edges and corners well.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Using clamps keep the boards together as neatly as possible. Allow the glue to dry and continue building up until you get to the last piece.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Now this image above you can print and use as your guide for making 60 slots for your Ink Joy pens, pencils, paint brushes or whatever you need near and easily at your fingertips.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Place the printed image on top (I had to print 2 and piece them together because it’s too big for my printer and chances are you’ll need to, also). Using a hammer lightly tap your drill bit into the center of each and every cross on the paper.

You can also eyeball placement or go all crazy and do your own thing!

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Carefully begin drilling your holes. Insert a pen into the first slot a few times until you are happy with the depth.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Keep a vacuum cleaner on hand to keep your work space moderately neat as this will make so much stinking sawdust that you’ll be absolutely amazed.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Now I started my holes with my little hand drill because it’s easier for me to get a nice, and straight drill down. But this drill isn’t powerful enough to drill many holes at a time so I just barely got them started and then drilled the holes quicker thank all getout with the cheapie corded drill I have. Again, look at all of that mess. That’s WITH keeping my work space vacuumed! :)

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Oh, and a quick tip! To keep your holes similar in depth, place a piece of masking tape at thewhere the drill bit reaches the top of the surface. This will help you gauge when to stop by when the tape reaches the correct area!

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Finish by rolling up sandpaper and sanding out the holes for a clean look!

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

Now isn’t that lovely? And, don’t forget it’s completely functional, too with 60 slots…

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

…for all of your lovely PaperMate Ink Joy pens. These are seriously my favorite pens of all time. I didn’t even have to open my new package for the pics. These are just pens I gathered from around the house, in my purse and in the console of my car :)

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

I’m really happy with the finished pen holder and I’m thinking I might be a weensy bit jealous of Rob’s new holder.

Make an ombre wood stained pen holder. It's both functional and stylish!

I mean, look at that! It looks fab on my desk and it’s so heavy that it isn’t going anywhere. Looks like he’s going to be getting after that saw with a few more boards soon so I can have my own :)

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Be sure to head on out to Staples to pep up that school supply list with lots of fun, PaperMate Ink Joy color! Ooh and the entire week of January 17th save 40% off all regular priced PaperMate products. Grab what you can while supplies last!

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Comments (2)

  • Gwen

    January 18, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    My husband made something very much like this only I use it to hold my straight knitting needles!

    1. Allison Murray

      January 18, 2016 at 5:49 PM

      That’s a great use! Now I want to make one for my crochet hooks!!! I believe Rob’s new saw is going to get plenty of use :)

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