Tutorial - Crayon Holder from a Branch!

August 06, 2013

Grandpa cut down the orange tree last year.  It was a large old tree, gnarled and interesting but its time had come.  Inside we discovered beautiful, delicately grained, light coloured wood - such a nice surprise.  Some of the smaller branches we made into wooden buttons, yet the larger branches I didn't have an immediate use for until now...

Our little girl loves to draw.  The need for some kind of receptacle for the pencils and crayons has been on my mind and I have been looking for something natural, textural and virtually unbreakable.  Enter the Orange Tree Crayon Holder!

Here is how we made them:

  • Find a suitable sized branch, ours are about the width of my hand.
  • Cut one end flat so it sits nicely.  If desired add some little felt "feet" to the bottom to avoid scratching the table.
  • Cut the other side either flat or sloping - whatever your preference.  We made one of each.
  • Measure the width of your crayons and drill holes a little wider.  Don't go all the way through!
  • Fill with crayons!

Super easy and I love the way they look on our little art table.  Thanks Grandpa for helping us out with these.  Our little girl is carefully putting her crayons back into the holders - indeed sometimes I think she is enjoying that more than the drawing...

Be sure to let me know if you make some!



  1. Beautiful! I've been wanting to make some of these for ages, I'm yet to find suitable branches xxx

  2. Anonymous1:52 PM

    These are fab! Great concept

  3. Cute, especially with the lichen on there, and so practical compared with pottle that always tip over x

  4. Such a great idea, I love it!

  5. These are freeking awesome! x


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