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Gold Pencil Holder {Anthro Knock Off #4}

April 30, 2014
Well … it’s been quite the week so far!  I’m simply AMAZED at what projects Brittany, Angela, Sonnet, and Tasha have come up with.  If you’re wondering … we didn’t know for sure what everyone else was doing for this challenge.  So it’s been just as exciting for us to check out each other projects each day as it is for you (at least I hope so!).
So … again, welcome to Anthro Knock Off Week … DAY 4!
Today, I’m sharing my easiest project … BY FAR!  DIY Gold Pencil Holder / Desk Organizer.
Check it out …


Anthropologie Inspired Gold Pencil Holder - Desk Organizer  |  View From The Fridge

You could probably make this for FREE with crap stuff laying around your house right now!  Here’s how it started:
Anthropologie Inspired Gold Pencil Holder - Desk Organizer  |  View From The Fridge



I hunted around the house for random cylinder containers, and came up with a shot glass and fancy tea canister.  I supplemented these with two Goodwill purchases (yes, I bought that random crap that you wonder who will buy), and one Michael’s purchase (that small, round, cardboard container).

I also found a spare board we had laying in our scrap pile, had Matt cut it to size, and sanded it on all sides and edges.

Once I had the placement how I wanted it on the board, I glued the pieces down with Liquid Nails and let dry … for 24 hours.

Anthropologie Inspired Gold Pencil Holder - Desk Organizer  |  View From The Fridge



Once dry, I painted with several coats of Gold Spray Paint (I had to do 3 coats to completely cover wood grain on the board).

THAT’S IT!!  Easy, right?!?

Anthropologie Inspired Gold Pencil Holder - Desk Organizer  |  View From The Fridge


Fill ‘er up …


Anthropologie Inspired Gold Pencil Holder - Desk Organizer  |  View From The Fridge


Before I started, I was slightly concerned that the organizer wouldn’t be heavy enough to keep from tipping over (Anthro’s version is made from metal … and therefore probably much heavier).  I’m happy to report, even with my 4 scissors in there, it isn’t tippy!


And for comparison … one more time:

Anthropologie Inspired Gold Pencil Holder - Desk Organizer  |  View From The Fridge


Thanks for stopping by … now head over and check out these four other DAY 4 projects from my co-Anthro Challengers!

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See you tomorrow for Day 5 of the challenge (2 days to go!), but also make sure you stop back tonight at 7:30 CST for week #2 of our new link party … Cook It!  Craft It!  Share It!



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  • Reply Katie @ Upcycled Treasures April 30, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This is awesome! Pinned :)
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  • Reply Gloria // Simply Gloria April 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Katie, absolutely in love with all of these projects! I am truly amazed at how every single one of these knock off projects actually look better than the inspirational pieces! So creative.
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  • Reply Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body April 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    KATIE! I love, love, love this! I seriously cannot wait to make my own. Totally genius, easy, thrifty and STYLISH. All of my favorite things!
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  • Reply Katelyn May 1, 2014 at 7:52 am

    This is great! I looked at the same thing on Anthro & thought no way am I paying that, so neat to see you did it for such a low price, it looks fantastic! :) Thanks for linking up to Link’n Blogs Link Party!
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  • Reply onel May 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    OMG, I love all these knock-off projects! You guys did a great job. Everything looks beautiful :)
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    • Reply Katie May 1, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s been a fun (but completely exhausting) week! Thanks for the comment!!

  • Reply Carmody May 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Great Job!!!! I think the knock offs look better than the originals.
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  • Reply Cheri May 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I used to be like you and always redid things like the expensive things…but alot of moves and I stopped…but thanks for the inspiration to get back into it! I love the gold item holder you show first and i do plan on making one of those from my sewing room/table for scissors, seam rippers etc. Thanks for the idea!

  • Reply Gretchen@BoxyColonial May 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    ooh, great idea–love it! Every desk needs something shiny (to distract from actually doing work), right?;)
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  • Reply Selene Galindo May 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Love it!! I can’t believe it only cost you $3 to make!!!
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  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY May 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Katie, I think this is another one of those times when the knockoff is even better than the original! You are so creative and talented!
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  • Reply Ginnie May 4, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I love how this turned out! I need to organize my desk, so I may try this!
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  • Reply Stacy May 6, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Pinning now! I am in the middle of a home office makeover using gold AND I have saved a few cans here and there so maybe…. yep I am going to do it! Thanks for the idea!

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  • Reply Nikky May 6, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Cute! Which gold spray paint did you use?

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    Hi Katie! I just adore your Gold Pencil Holder, and I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring it as one of the Rockstars for Creativity Unleashed Week 18. Grab your peeps and come vote for the MEGA Rockstar!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
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  • Reply Kim {Pinspired Home} May 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    What a great knock-off! I definitely wouldn’t shell out $48 when yours turned out so well! Now I have one more thing to hoard – cans and tins! ;)
    Found you at Hit Me With Your Best Shot!
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    • Reply Katie May 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Kim! Thanks so much! $48 does seem a bit excessive to me!! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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    I was wondering about your brand of gold paint, also. Gold is a tricky color, but yours looks just right! Love the desk organizer- great job.

    • Reply Katie May 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Hi there! I used Valspar Metalic Gold from Lowes. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the inquiry! Good luck if you attempt!!

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    Oh My Goodness – this look amazing!!! i love knock offs!! Thanks so much for linking up last week on Creativity Unleashed. Featuring you tomorrow on the blog and hoping to see you back!
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    • Reply Katie May 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Jocie! Thanks so much! I’ll be over to check it out and link up tomorrow! Have a great night!

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  • Reply Natasha in Oz May 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    That is brilliant! You are so clever.

    Best wishes and happy weekend,
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  • Reply Stephanie May 11, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! I took your idea and modified it to make a Mother’s Day gift for my grandmother who keeps a lot of stuff on her kitchen table. When family comes over she wants to feed them but there’s too much stuff on the table. I used a Dollar store tray with handles, 3 small round baskets and a desk organizer, crazy glue and silver spray paint.

    • Reply Katie May 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Awesome, Stephanie! I’m so glad my little desk organizer served as some inspiration for you! Have a great rest of the weekend, and thanks so much for the nice note!

  • Reply Amy @ So There. by Amy May 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Stopping by from the Will Cook for Smiles Link Up.
    These knock offs are GREAT!! So cute and creative!
    Thanks for sharing :) Have a great Sunday.

    • Reply Katie May 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy! Have a great Sunday, too!

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    Must try!! Fabulous knock-off!!! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks so much, Vel!

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    Very cool idea!
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    • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Daniela!

  • Reply Andrea @ This Pug Life May 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I had a giggle at the “crap at Goodwill you wonder who would buy” because I ALWAYS wonder what ever happens to some of those empty containers.

    This is super cute, btw. I might have to go be one of “those” people too.
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    • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Ha! Thanks, Andrea! I know … I can’t believe I was one of those ‘people’ buying the ‘crap’.

      Thanks for the comment, have a great week!

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    Dying over the Anthro desk organizer project!!!! Visiting from DIY Dreamer linky ;)

    Pinned too!
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    • Reply Katie May 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Ursula! It was seriously the easiest knock off project ever! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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    Loving this pencil holder knock off! Great job! IFound you on the SITS link up – I am your newest Twitter follower too :)
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    • Reply Katie May 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much Raquel!! Happy Sunday!

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    I saw your project in a round up featured on G+ and had to come check it out. I LOVE it!! I’m inspired to create my own version.
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    • Reply Katie May 20, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Sharon! I’m glad I’ve inspired you. It was seriously the easiest project … EVER! And so practical! Thanks for stopping by, and for the comment! Have a great week!

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    This is so stink in’ cool! I love it…I love that you used items you already had on hand to create this beauty. I’d be thrilled if you linked it up to my Creative Ways Link Party that’s live right now. I hope to see you there!
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    I’m totally making one for my different kinds of lip glosses!

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