Milk Bottle Pencil Holders

When I was a little girl, I was all about crafts. Heck, I still love doing crafts. I was the girl that had all the fun crafty toys. The Bedazzler, Sand Art, those bead things that you arrange and then iron together, a clay jewelry baking oven thing, painting, you name it, I had it!

Crafting has always been a relaxing activity for me and I cannot wait for my daughter to be old enough so we can start crafting together!

I love finding new uses for items lying around my house and it’s a great way to teach kids about how they can recycle. Shamrock Farms asked me to help create a fun craft using their on-the-go milk bottles after making my PB&J Muffins and it seemed like too much fun to pass up! Empty milk bottles are a great item to use for crafting with the kiddos. You can use them to make fun vases, shakers, or in this case, pencil holders, which seems like the perfect craft for going back to school to help keep supplies organized!

I first planned to paint the bottles, but then thought that wrapping them in colorful yarn might be cuter. All you need for this craft are empty milk bottles, clear glue, yarn in as many colors of your choice, and fun foam and felt stickers!

Milk Bottle Pencil Holders

Milk Bottle Pencil Holders

Being an adult and also OCD, I made sure the yarn was really wrapped tightly with no gaps, but obviously if the kids are doing this, it might not look as tight, but that’s all part of the fun of letting the kids do the craft how they want to do it! The glue can get a little messy, but is manageable as long as you don’t squeeze out too much at once (see the photo above, not a lot of glue). I used two yarn colors, but you can obviously use as many or as little colors as you want. For the stickers, I used foam or felt stickers in fun designs that the kids can also pick out themselves.

These holders can be used for pencils, colored pencils, pens, markers, paint brushes, whatever you want to use them for really! Happy crafting!

Milk Bottle Pencil Holdes

Milk Bottle Pencil Holders
Yield: 2 pencil holders

Milk Bottle Pencil Holders

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

A fun and simple way to recycle milk bottles for kids! Simply wrap and glue yarn in assorted colors and decorate with fun foam stickers from the craft store!


  • empty milk bottles (plastic), dried out and labels peeled away
  • clear school glue
  • yarn in assorted colors
  • foam or felt stickers


  • scissors


    1. Starting at the bottom of the bottle, spread some glue in a medium layer around small section of the bottle. Loosen a piece of yarn so it can be easily pulled as you wrap the bottle. Start wrapping the yarn around the bottle using your finger to hold it down as you first get started. Continue wrapping, gently pushing the yarn together as you wrap to prevent gaps. Repeat this process spreading more glue as you move up the bottle and continue wrapping with the yarn until the bottle is completly covered in the yarn.
    2. Let glue dry for about 30 minutes. Then let kids stick stickers onto the bottles to decorate! Once dried, fill the bottles with pencils, paint brushes, etc.!


If you have young children, it may be best to do the yarn wrapping yourself and then just let them do the stickers.

The hardest part of this project is preventing gaps in the yarn. Help your kids by showing them how to push the yarn together as they wrap. Curved sections of bottles may be more difficult so they made just need extra help with those parts!

Milk Bottle Pencil Holders

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Shamrock Farms. I have been compensated for my work, but all opinions stated in this post are my own.