DIY Pencil Holder from Sifter Decoupaged with Stamps

Create a unique DIY pencil holder

This diy pencil holder is a fun storage solution and it’s a pretty easy project.

Storage doesn’t have to be boring, and using vintage kitchen things for projects like this is something I love to do.

Like with my muffin pan drawer organizers, and my bakeware craft room storage.

To make my pencil holder I’m using a bunch of stamps left over from the decoupaged stamp table that I created for my living room.

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vintage metal sifter and stamps for repurposed pencil holder project

 And this vintage sifter, which I’ve had for eons, is a great candidate for this stamp project.

NOTE: I am not a stamp collector. I purchased these used stamps specifically for crafting purposes.


decoupage medium and foam brush and stamps diy pencil holder

To create my diy pencil holder I’m using DecoArt Paper decoupage medium, and a foam brush.

I make my foam brushes last by rinsing them well in warm water after each use.

There’s no need to toss after each project when cleaning is so quick and easy. This brush has lasted three projects so fa, and is still looking good..


Vintage sifter decoupaged with stamps

applying decoupage medium onto outside of metal siftet

I started by applying a coat of the decoupage medium right onto the sifter along the bottom.

This way I can start the stamps at a straight line and work my way up.

  applying decoupage medium to back of postage stamps with foam brush

Before applying the stamps onto the sifter I gave them a light coat of the decoupage medium on the back.

Doing this makes them easier to work with and also to  move around in place.

  pressing down and smoothing the decoupaged postage stamps with fingers

I used my fingers to press them in place and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.

  creating a mosaic of decoupaged postage stamps onto metal sigers

Here you can see how I’m moving my way along and up at the same time.

Because the stamps are small it makes it easy to work them into place over the raised parts of the sifter.


How to decoupage diy pencil holder with stamps

decoupaging stamps onto metal sifter

When I reached the top rim of the sifter I applied the stamps. letting them extend over the edge, and let them dry.

I tried not to apply any medium along the top rim.

  trimming stamps at top of vintage sifter for diy pencil holder

When the stamps were dry I trimmed the top with an xacto knife.

Make sure the knife blade is very sharp so you get a nice clean cut, and very light pressure is all that’s required.


  sanding the decoupaged stamps on sifter with sanding block

After giving the whole thing a light coat of the decoupage medium and letting it dry, I gave it a light sanding with a fine grit sanding block.

Make sure to clean off any sanding dust with a tack cloth or a slightly damp cloth.

  vintage jello mold placed inside sifter to hold pencils pens and markers

To stop the metal mesh inside the sifter from getting damaged by pen and pencil tips, I put a small aluminum jello mold inside.

You could use a plastic or glass bowl, or whatever else you can think of that will fit.


Decoupaged stamps on repurposed metal sifter diy pencil holder

I repeated the sanding and decoupaging process three times so I had a nice strong finish on my diy pencil holder.


  vintage decoupaged GEM metal sifter with postage stamps for diy pencil holder

Just for fun and because this is a vintage sifter I left the raised embossed GEM logo visible.


  repurposed metal sifter diy pencil holder with decoupaged stamps

If you look closely you can see how the stamps have taken on the contours of the sifter.

Mixing the colors and sizes of stamps gives it a more interesting look, sort of like a mosaic.

Repurposed vintage metal sifter diy pencil holder

Technically it could still be used as a sifter because the inside hasn’t been touched, but I wouldn’t just in case some of the medium got on the inside accidentally.

Vintage Sifter decoupaged with stamps to create DIY Pencil Holder
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. Adorable! You always have wonderful ideas and explain things so well. thank you!

      1. My Mom, sheโ€™s in Heaven would have absolutely loved your sifter idea for her desk. She was hard of hearing and loved to write letters and notes. โค๏ธ

        1. Thanks so much Lisa for such a lovely comment. I’m so happy to know that your Mom would have loved this project. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rebecca Payne says:

    This is so cute.

  3. MaryEllen says:

    Love this! Could use it in the kitchen for wooden spoons and spatulas, etc. !

  4. This is so cool!! I’ve pinned it!!! Gotta get some of those stamps!!

    1. Thanks Dona! I have to say that I’m really enjoying creating with used stamps. It’s so fun!

  5. Annette M Wells says:

    I was skeptical at first, but I love the completed project! Great job.