Monday, August 31, 2009

For Office Supply Addicts: 10 Pencil Cups

elephant coffee mug holding pens

I'm still a fan of using coffee mugs as pen holders; many of us have way more mugs than we need, so why not put one to another good use? But if you'd like a pencil cup that isn't a coffee mug, look at the following options!

2 pencil cups, hexagonical, lovely patterns

Let's start with these beautiful pencil holders from Galison/Mudpuppy. The patterns come from woodblocks in the Victoria and Albert museum; not surprisingly, the museum shop also sells these pencil cups. Update on Jan. 22, 2013: I'm no longer seeing these pencil cups of the V & A web site, or the Galison/Mudpuppy web site.

pretty floral pencil cups

I'm also very fond of these pretty pencil cups from SuzyJack, available in six patterns, and made with recycled paper. They come with 22 pencils, too.

pencil cups

Thomas Paul also makes nice pencil cups, available from See Jane Work, and doe. Update on Nov. 7, 2010: These pencil cups are no longer available.

cloth pencil cup

Heading out to Australia, we can find this cloth pencil cup from kikki.K. Update on Jan. 22, 2013: The company no longer sells this pencil cup.

Italian paper pencil cup

And this is just one of the many beautiful pencil cups made by Il Papiro, in Firenze.

suede pen pot

Over on Etsy, Little Black Duck sells these suede storage bags which readily serve as pen pots. [via Apartment Therapy] Update on Nov. 7, 2010: I no longer see these at Little Black Duck.

monkey pencil cup

Want something funkier? Etsy seller Monkey Travel Club has this monkey pencil cup; there's also an owl version. Update on Jan. 22, 2013: I'm no longer seeing this pencil cup.

bird pencil cup, wood

Staying with critters for a moment, we have this oriole pencil cup. (I wish the whole collection were available!) [via Sparkle Paradise] Update on Nov. 7, 2010: I can no longer find any source for these pencil cups.

hand-crafted wood pencil or pen holder

Here's a different sort of hand-crafted wood pen holder.

Buddha pencil holder

And finally, here's a totally different pencil holder.

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[photo at top of post by Lex in the City, licensed under Creative Commons]


Marcie Lovett said...

Okay, the sock monkey has to be the cutest pencil cup I've ever seen. Before you load up your new pencil cup, I suggest you get rid of all the pencil stubs, pens that don't work and markers that only write when you shake them. Now when you reach for something in your fashionable holder, you'll know it will be functional.

charmed said...

i like the ones that are made from 3 1/2 inch flobby disks.

Jeri Dansky said...

Good point, Marcie; there's no point in keeping broken stuff. Or pens/pencils that you don't like using, for whatever reason. (Those workable-but-not-liked pens and pencils can be donated to good causes.)

And I'm glad that both you and charmed found pencil cups that tickled your fancy.

Jason said...

Wow, I never knew there were so many different pencil holders available.

As I'm researching products for my upcoming online desk accessory business, if I run across cool products related to a new post you write, I'll make sure and let you know.

Thanks again for the consistent valuable content.