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Nov 18th 2015

DIY Bisto Pencil Pot

Bisto Pecil Pot DIY

Here's a DIY that I think would make a great gift for your Dad or that Uncle you never know what to buy for. Every week I get an Abel & Cole veg box delivered which arrives in a box tied up with twine. Because I'm a bit of a hoarder I always cut the twine carefully and save it but had no idea what I'd do with it. So, when Kurtis asked me to make him a pencil pot I thought this would be a good opportunity to use my Abel & Cole twine! I set myself a challenge to only use materials I had at home already.. and stumbled upon an almost empty pot of Bisto gravy granuals! This is a super easy DIY but I've shared a couple of process photos for you anyway.

If you don't have a Bisto container around you could use a jar or a can!

You will need:

Bisto Pencil Pot DIY Materials

  • Empty Bisto Gravy Granuals Pot (or similar)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Scissors
  • Twine or string


Wash out the container you're using with warm water. Mine still smelt a bit like chicken gravy, and although there are definitely worse smells I made sure I used some antibacterial spray on a cloth too! Cover the whole thing in double-sided tape.

Bisto Pencil Pot Step 1

Stick your twine on - I found it was best to start as shown in the image below, with the end of the twine starting further down. This way you cover up the ends by wrapping the rest of your twine around it.

Bisto Pencil Pot Step 2

If you're using lots of short pieces of twine like me then you'll need to stick etxra double-sided tape down on the ends as you go to make sure it's all nice and secure. If you're using one long piece of twine it's much simpler and you can just keep going until the end. Try and keep the twine as closely packed as possible, ensuring there are no gaps.

Bisto Pencil Pot Step 3

Cover the whole thing in twine and make sure the end is secure. I actually wrapped the end of my twine underneath the base and stuck it with a bit of matching washi tape. If you're using thicker twine this might not work so well and you might want to secure it with some glue or extra strong double-sided tape instead.

Bisto Pencil Pot Step 4

Tada! One finished (and almost free!) pencil pot! I just love all the different subtle tones in the twine.

DIY Bisto Pencil Pot

I actually made this DIY a few months ago and so I'm already building up quite a collection of Abel & Cole twine again - if anyone has any other good ideas of what to do with it please let me know, my hoarding tendencies always take over and I can't bear to throw it away!

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