Recycle An Old Drinking Glass Into A Fun Pencil Holder


I hate when my drinking glasses get to a point where they have rebelled from the dishwasher and have turned cloudy and just plain ugly.
About once a year...maybe a little longer....I have to pick through the glasses, throwing out the yuck and purchasing some new.
Since I hate throwing things out and like to recycle whatever I can, I decided to make pencil holders with some of the glasses. I can ALWAYS use those!
All I needed was some acrylic craft paint, a sealer, some twine, a button and a cute epoxy button sticker.
Finished pencil holer.
Finished pencil holer.
Old, cloudy drinking glass in need of a new life!
Old, cloudy drinking glass in need of a new life!
I first painted the glass with a couple coats of white acrylic paint.
I first painted the glass with a couple coats of white acrylic paint.
Next, I diluted some burnt umber acrylic paint with water and brushed on lightly in spots to give it a warm rustic feel.
Next, I diluted some burnt umber acrylic paint with water and brushed on lightly in spots to give it a warm rustic feel.
I sprayed the glass with acrylic sealer to finish it.
I sprayed the glass with acrylic sealer to finish it.
Finally, I wrapped twine around the middle and added a vintage button and an epoxy sticker.
Finally, I wrapped twine around the middle and added a vintage button and an epoxy sticker.

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  • Kelly Wivell
    on Jul 22, 2013

    thank you!

  • Debi Willhoite
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Great idea! I am always breaking glasses around here and ending up with an incomplete set! This is a great idea to use the orphaned glasses for. I hate to through things away too! We all need pencil and pen holders! I've used tin cans this way too! When I wrap anything with twine, I most always use Mod Podge...works great on anything! Thanks for the idea and share!

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