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DIY Mason Jar Pencil Holders

Hello friends, today I’m sharing cute Mason Jar Pencil Holders I made recently.  Let me just tell you that this project almost didn’t get finished.  It was nearly scrapped because it wasn’t at all what I envisioned.  I’m glad I didn’t give up, however, because I think they turned out pretty great.  If this tutorial seems backwards, that’s because it is.  But that’s because I didn’t give up when it didn’t first go my way.  Thankfully I love them now 🙂

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Keeping it real and honest I am far from perfect and mess up plenty of stuff that gets tossed.  I did it backwards so just bear with me while I show you how I made them.  Trust me, you’ll quickly see the proper order to make these mason jar pencil holders.

Starting with my first jar I wrapped the jute string around the jar several times.  I estimated the amount to cover the top portion where the lid threads onto the jar and cut it.  Next I used my hot glue gun to glue the end of the jute string to the lowest part of the lip.  I held it there a few seconds until the glue was dry.

threaded top of mason jars wrapped with jute twine.

Working around the jar I glued the jute string in a few places every time I circled the jar.  I continued wrapping and gluing until I got to the very top.  I cut off the excess and glued the end of jute string so it didn’t show.

I also kept the layers of string bunched together as I worked so there were no visible gaps.  After I finished the first jar I moved on to the second.

wrapping threaded part of jar with jute twine.

When they were both finished I put some pens into them and got ready to take pictures.  This is where I quickly realized I didn’t like them.  Wah Wah, big bummer of a failure!!  I didn’t like how messy it looked seeing the pens through the glass.  Irritated and disappointed I set the jars aside in the garage and forgot about them while I worked on some other projects.

mason jars wrapped with jute twine at top.

Mason Jar Pencil Holders Part 2

Then one day when I was working on my Mason Jar Utensil Caddy I decided to resurrect these mason jar pencil holders and see if I could save them with some paint.  I got out the Frog Tape and carefully taped off the jute string and stuffed in a little newspaper so paint wouldn’t go inside.

easy DIY Mason Jar Pencil Holders

I held them up by the newspaper and gave them a few coats of white paint.

Make these easy DIY Mason Jar Pencil Holders

When they were dry I distressed the raised labels with an emory board.  You check out how to do it in my Mason Jar Utensil Caddy tutorial.

They look so nice on our desk in front of my DIY Chalk Board.

Make these easy DIY Mason Jar Pencil Holders

Now we don’t have to dig through the drawers to find the perfect pen.

Make these easy DIY Mason Jar Pencil Holders for a stylish addition to your desk or office. Perfect for Pens, Pencils, Scissors, and Markers

It’s especially nice to have two sizes for separating longer from shorter pens and markers.

DIY Mason Jar Pencil Holders filled with pencils, pens and markers.

Now you can clearly see that if you want to make your own mason jar pencil holders you’ll work in a slightly different order than I did.  You’re welcome for that 🙂   This is a nice reminder why we shouldn’t be quick to throw things away (um, my husband wishes I would toss more stuff); but you just never now what awesomeness you’ll end up with.

Please don’t forget to pin this project to your favorite Mason Jar or Craft board 🙂

Mason jar pencil holders in front of chalkboard

Until next time,




Sunday 12th of February 2017

Great job revamping the project and they came out super cute. I love mason jars.

Thank you for linking at TADA! You are so creative and deserve to be celebrated!


Toni Harvey

Monday 13th of February 2017

Thanks Pam! If at first we don't succeed :)

Cecilia MyThriftStoreAddiction

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

These are just so cute, Toni! I love the jute accent!

Toni Harvey

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

Thank you Cecilia, I've become a little addicted to jute and have another project in the works at the moment :)


Monday 1st of August 2016

These are fabulous! I've seen so many on Pinterest that were Plain Jane but you added jute and that makes them special! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen

Toni Harvey

Wednesday 10th of August 2016

Thank you Kathleen, and thank you for the feature! I'm sorry for the late reply but apparently my spam checker plug in flagged your comment. Thankfully I went through the list this morning and found your comment :D You totally are not spam, in case you didn't know already :)


Wednesday 20th of July 2016

I'm glad you persevered! Not only are the painted jars nice looking, I learned a great tip for painting them. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg!

Toni Harvey

Monday 25th of July 2016

Hi Lydia, thanks so much, and thanks for hosting a great party!

Susie from The Chelsea Project

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

Nice job. Sorry you had so much trouble, but the jars are super cute. Glad you worked around the problem. XOXOX.,

Toni Harvey

Saturday 16th of July 2016

The trouble was more in my head when at first I didn't succeed LOL