How to Turn Instagram’s Favorite Plant into a Chic Little Pencil Holder

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One of my favorite things to do is wander around a store and find items to reinvent for a DIY project. I was recently looking for some bookends for my desk that would double as a pen/pencil holder. I was not finding exactly what I wanted, so I decided to get creative.

After perusing each section, I emerged with two toothbrush holders and four cork coasters. When combined, they created the perfect bookends, with slots for my writing supplies and my beloved succulents, plus a bonus memo board for daily reminders! Steps and supplies below.

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What you need: 
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What you do: 
Step 1: Glue the cork coasters to the front and back of the toothbrush holders using E6000. Let dry.
Step 2: Plant a succulent in one side of each container.
Step 3: Fill each planter with white gravel to give the bookend more weight.
Step 4: Add your writing utensils, and prop up your books with a holder on each side.
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Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni Radosevich was always creating her own style. If she saw something in a magazine that she couldn’t find in her local department store, she would make it herself. After moving to New York City, Jenni started a career at InStyle magazine, working as a graphic designer and DIY columnist. The column evolved into a website,, and a book, I Spy DIY Style. I Spy DIY has moved into a warehouse studio space, where Jenni and her team teach classes, host DIY events, and continue to create crafty content for the website. Follow along on Instagram at @ispydiy.

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