Needlepoint Pencil Cup

A metal pencil cup from IKEA had the perfect surface for a needlepoint sampler – so I thought I'd give it a try.

I picked up this pencil cup in the desk accessories section of IKEA (DOKUMENT $2.99 2/pack).

I used yarn. Just thread your needle and use the openings in the mesh to guide your design.

Satin stitch.

With a simple design like this – you could easily use this as a Halloween craft for kids. This spider is made from straight stitches.

Drop a candle inside for an interesting option. Kids love to give their crafts as gifts – this would be perfect for Mom.

Here’s a link to IKEA for the DOKUMENT pencil cup.


  1. Susan L  October 23, 2011


  2. Kim {ShopKim on Etsy}  October 27, 2011

    Very cute idea! I’m going to keep my eyes out for something like that.

  3. Susan L  November 4, 2011

    Saw this on AT and thought of you!

    • camilla  November 4, 2011

      Susan, That is great!!! I love it – thanks so much for sharing the link. Take care, C

  4. Pamela  November 7, 2011

    I have this same item but in a waste basket from Walmart.
    I use pretty smelling 4gal bags in it so i could really do something like this to match the bathroom. Love the idea thanks a bunch.

  5. Kim Kruse  November 21, 2011

    So clever! I just bought a bunch of these for the work stations in my sewing studio to hold little bits of thread. They would look so much cuter with a little bit of embroidery. Thanks for the inspiration! P.S. I saw your project featured on the CRAFT website.

  6. tec1964  March 22, 2013

    wow, who knew you could do that, just wonderful. I am going to try this for my girl scout troop