DIY Thursday: Paper Scrap Projects

I found today's lovely little DIY project on design*sponge, which has a whole section of fantastic DIY ideas. This week, they provided a step-by-step tutorial on how to use leftover paper scraps (of which I have an abundance) to cover old jar lids and new pencils. The first thing that occurred to me was that the covered jars would be a cheap, renewable, and pretty way to organize my craft area (which currently looks like it's been through Hurricane Ike), and that a bundle of the pretty covered pencils would be an absolutely charming gift for an elementary teacher or someone who likes to journal or draw. So I'll show you the photos provided on the design*sponge post, and have copied in the instructions below. Have fun with this one!

paper scraps
Mod Podge in matte finish
medium craft brush
jars with screw lids
plain wood pencils unsharpened
Instructions for jars
1. Wash jars thoroughly. Remove any labels with Goo Gone or similar product. To remove smells, soak in a bleach solution. Let dry.
2. Lay jar lid face down on the back of decorative paper and trace lightly with a pencil. Sketch a circle that is bigger (the height of the lid plus 1/4″) around the circle. You can use a round object to trace if you can find a similar one in size. Cut slits about 1/4″ apart that go right up the first pencil tracing. Coat inside circle with Mod Podge and adhere to lid. Press down thoroughly with clean fingers. Lay face down on surface and begin gluing strips in a clockwise direction. Coat 2 or 3 strips at a time and fold each one up and over the edge of the lid. Continue until all the strips are glued.
3. Turn lid over so pattern is facing up. Coat with Mod Podge to seal. Let dry and then screw onto jars.

Instructions for pencils
1. Cut a strip of paper that is 1″ by the length of your pencil before it’s sharpened. My pencils were 7″ long. Brush Mod Podge on the strip of paper. Lay pencil on one edge of paper, and then with clean fingers smooth down by rotating the pencil. You can roll on a flat surface to make sure paper is adhered. Brush a little Mod Podge under edge of paper if needed. Let dry 1/2 hour before sharpening pencils. Try all different patterns for these, they look great when displayed together.


  1. wow thanks for posting this one up! :D I have lots of jars but no scraps.. haha need to find some now.


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