Published on January 28th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Lapicientos, pencil holder

I love this one. It’s the first hack I’ve seen on the Ikea pencil. A pencil holder from pencils!

“We are 2creativo, a graphic and industrial design studio from Barcelona, Spain.

We have an old hack we made 6 years ago, as we had to visit Ikea several times. It all came because we started collecting lots of pencils they give for free in Ikea, as we thought it was great to have a free material. And we said: we have to think what we could make new out of them.

One day, we got the idea to create a pencil holder made out of pencils. We attach you the final image and how we made it (extremely easy!).

It’s name is “lapicientos”, a play on words in Spanish: lapicero (pencil holder) + lapiz (pencil) + cientos (hundreds).”

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14 Responses to Lapicientos, pencil holder

  1. Anonymous says:

    What kind of glue do u use

  2. Lara says:

    @Duke I’m Spanish and I know no one who uses portalápices instead of lapicero, and they certainly understand it with that meaning. It is also not a regional thing since I live far from Barcelona where this was created. I don’t know about other Spanish speaking countries, but that’s definitely not the case in Spain.

    Cute project anyway!

  3. Anonymous says:

    catalanes tenian que ser ja, ja

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sillies, maybe they purchased the pencils from IKEA or asked first.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great, now everyone is going to start using the pencils to make things and then Ikea will stop providing them and the people who just need to jot something down really quick will have nothing to depend on when they forget their own pens at home. Thanks a lot.

  6. Jen, Who Doesn't Take That Which Isn't Hers says:

    You stole the pencils? Geez, what next?

  7. Duke says:

    Just to let you know, even though lapicero does mean pencil holder, it’s not the most used meaning for that word, it is often used as pencil itself, and in Spain most people won’t understand it with that meaning, the most used word is ‘portalápices’

    The more you know ;-)

  8. Anonymous says:

    LOVE it. Always wondered what to do with all the pencils which seem to accumulate in my house. I hate to throw them out.

    Thank you!

  9. LiveLikeYou says:

    Hey I know those pens! I prefer them as a pencup. Just seeing them reminds me of the stress I feel when I know I’ve got to load up all that stuff on my own.

  10. Dawn says:

    Ok, well – I think its a fabulous idea. :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s cute, but uncool to steal pencils to make one! The same concept could be used on old pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, or pens from your own supplies. Or buy a set of something at Ikea or other store. If you want them to look the same, get out your paint. One could also glue pencils, etc to an empty can or box.

  12. Adam Snider says:

    Looks kind of neat, but it seems like a waste to use about 40 pencils to make a pencil holder that holds far fewer than that.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Nice.. Be careful though, these pencils are mighty sharp :)

  14. m00nfl0wer says:

    Officially, they don’t give you the pencils for free, they let you lend it. But nobody ever puts them back after shopping.
    Last month, we had an ecoproject running in our store and the cashiers specifically asked each client to return the pencil but it didn’t seem like much people wanted to give them back…
    Nice project though!

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