This crayon holder (with plans) makes a great DIY woodworking project for the beginner. Do you know an inspiring artist? Maybe the next Van Gogh or Monet? If so, your artist might be looking for something to hold their drawing instruments (crayons)! A crayon holder shaped like a grand piano makes an exciting and innovative way for an artist to hold crayons, colored pencils, etc. This holder combined with a box of crayons makes a great birthday or Christmas present for those young ones in your life – without a huge investment in time. Depending upon the details on the piano legs, you can create this project in one or two hours.
Crayon Holder – Easy Beginner DIY Woodworking Project.
This crayon holder requires you to create a piano shaped top along with creating three wooden legs. You can construct the top part of the holder with various tools. However, a band saw, scroll saw, or jigsaw would probably be necessary to create the curved edge on the piano. After you create the curved edge, drill 17 holes in the top with a 3/8″ (1cm) Forstner bit and 3 holes in the bottom with the same bit to hold the piano legs.
How to Create the Legs for the Crayon Holder.
You can create the legs from small pieces of a wooden dowel. However if you are a woodturner, you might want to create the legs yourself. If you are feeling extra creative, the figure below shows some creative patterns for the legs of the piano. My piano legs are approximately 1.75” (4.5cm) long. This includes a 1/2″ (1.5cm) tenon hidden inside the holder and a 1.25” (3cm) viewable piano leg. Finally sand and finish your holder as you see fit.
Matching crayons to holes.
The crayon holder pictured above holds 17 crayons. Keep in mind you can typically buy crayons in packages of 8, 16, 24, 48, and 64. So if you think your artists wants a perfect match (i.e., the same number of holes as crayons), you might consider drilling more or less holes. Rather than buying crayons, another option for filling the holder is to keep taking your artist to their favorite restaurant (one that provides kids with crayons and paper) until their crayon holder is full! The figures below provide some plans to get you started.