Make a Photo-Roll Pencil Holder

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Your photographs are good at being held *in* things: albums, boxes, frames …

But are they good at holding things?

Put ’em to work! Transform your photos into a useful DIY photo-roll pencil holder.

It’ll brighten up your desk, and make daydreaming of summer days that much easier.

In just a few steps, you can roll your photographs into picture-perfect container.

Thanks to our pal Tali Schiffer who showed us how to make this one of a kind photo-roll box!

How to Make a Photo-Roll Pencil Holder

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Why it’s cool:

ingred-smThis sweet lil photo-rolled box can be used for just about anything you can think of.

Sure it makes an awesome pencil holder, but would also store film, computer cords, and camera batteries quite nicely.

Show your desk some love with this quick way to spruce it up.



  • Empty Box
  • Colorful Tape
  • Old Magazines or Photographs
  • Utility Knife or Scissors
  • Cutting Surface
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue

STEP 1: Prep Container

paint-smStart by cutting the flaps off one side of the box.

This will make it easy to stuff all the goodies inside.

Be sure the opposite end is taped or sealed.

You don’t want anything spilling out of the bottom!

Step 2: Dress it Up:

paint-sm Use colorful tape to line the top edge, where you just cut the flaps.

Place tape on both the inner and outer edge of the box to give a nice, finished look.

You can do this by taping both sides, or by folding the tape over.

TIP: Slit the corners of the tape to make folding over corners a little smoother.

Step 3: Measure:

paint-sm Measure the height of your box, and cut your images to fit.

TIP: If you print your own photos, make sure to measure your container beforehand to make sure you have enough coverage.

Step 4: Roll:

paint-sm Take one edge of your image, and wrap it around a pencil or small paintbrush.

Keep rolling the whole page. Leave 1″ at the end of the image.

TIP: Make sure you roll your image with the side you want on the outside.

Step 5: Glue:

paint-smUse a thin layer of glue on that last inch of photo.

Roll it completely, and wait a minute or two until it has started to dry.

Slide it off your paintbrush, and set aside for now.

Step 6: Repeat:

paint-sm Keep it going!

You need a lot of these suckers to cover that box.

TIP: We used about 18-20 rolls for each side of the box, but this will be different for each box.

Step 7: Stick em down:

paint-sm Cover one side of the box with glue.

Lay your rolled photos on the box, starting at one end and working your way across.

Let that side dry.

Step 8: Finish ‘er off:

paint-sm Repeat your process with the three remaining sides.

Marvel at your masterpiece! (Well done!)

Take it further

  • Make your container even more spectacular by repeating rolls to make one image.
  • Why stick to pens? Use it as a planter box or store photos in it
  • Make giant 3D rolled images to hang from the ceiling!