DIY – Under the Ocean Pen Stand

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Concluding ‘Our Ocean at your Desk’ series – is the Upcycled “Under the Ocean Pen stand”. This is a fun activity that brings together materials like card stock, discarded containers, old swatches of fabric, and shells to create a useful and great looking handcrafted table piece.

Step by step instructions

1. Draw out sea creatures of your choice on cardstock. I chose a crab, a seahorse, and a turtle.

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2. Colour in your sea animals and cut them out.

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3. Wrap your container with fabric using fabric glue. If the edges are uneven wrap some thread/wool around them. This will add an interesting detail to your project.

4. Wrap fabric on the base of your pen stand. Remember to use a thicker sheet of cardboard for the base to make the unit stable. Paste the container on the base. The base will act as the sea bed.

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5. Stick on the animal cut outs. Use double sided tape to do this, as this will make the creatures stand out.

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6. Embellish the seedbed with seashells. We used a few pearls as well. You could also use sand. Let it dry.

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7. Your pen stand is ready to hold colour pencils /pens/ erasers etc.

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You could try this project with various other scenarios like space, forest, fairy land etc. Let your imagination soar and let your child discover the joys of upcycling.

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