LPen holder From foam food trays, plastic soda bottle mouths and old magazines You need: 3 foam food trays (19cm x 12cm) – white (2 pieces); black (1 piece) 7 plastic soda bottle mouths 2 A4 magazine pages Coins – 20 sen and 50 sen Pencil Keep your writing tools in order. IKE a butcher who chops and sells all parts of the animal, I too cut up and save all parts of an item. I know that a day will come when my imagination would have taken its course and bingo, I hit upon an idea which can be developed.
Incidentally, this answers the most frequently asked question I get asked: “How do you get your ideas?” First I imagine, I think and then I do! Hands cannot do what the mind has not conceived, yes?
I can also attribute it to my interest and exposure to a wide range of creative techniques and art skills that I’ve picked up over time.
That has enabled me to swiftly come up with a project each week for this column, for close to five years.
My only creative constraint was to work with recycled items and that, I’ve done, exceeding my own expectations even!
It has been a challenge (Read: Hair-tearing) to meet every deadline. Making the item is only the fun part.
Lots of sweat goes into photographing, drawing diagrams and describing the steps taken to produce it. But guess what? I relished the thrill and adrenalin rush of it all (but not the hair loss).
As this will be the last project for the column, I wish to thank The Star for recognising and celebrating the creative spirit. To all of you who followed my ideas, I say: “Carry on crafting!” Markers – black, blue, green and yellow Scissors and cutter PVA and UHU glue Black cloth tape
*Optional – craft varnish
Making the pen holder
1. Place a white foam food tray with its back facing up. Use a 50 sen coin as a template to draw and cut out seven circles from the tray.
2. Draw thick borders around the holes on the tray with blue, black, green and yellow markers. Draw smaller oval and round rings all over the tray with the markers.
3. Cut off the top portion of the plastic soda bottles. Remove the bottle rings and keep them for future use. Cut around the neck of the bottle and trim it to shorten it as much as you can.
4. Apply UHU glue to the biggest ring around the bottle neck and turn it over. Turn the foam tray over. Insert the bottle mouth into a hole in the tray, “screwing” it as you do. Press on it to glue it in place. Glue all the bottle mouths into the holes.
5. Cut out the middle flat piece of the black foam tray. Spread UHU glue all over the back and stick it onto a white foam tray. Press on it to stick it in place.
6. Turn the tray over to the back. Use the 20 sen coin as a template to draw and cut out circles from the magazine pages. Glue them to papier mache the back of the tray.
7. Use the black marker to draw big oval and round rings all over the tray.
*Optional: Apply a layer of varnish over the tray.
8. Join the two parts of the foam trays together with the black cloth tape. Note: Poke a few more holes into the tray with a pencil if you wish to hold your pencils in them.