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Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

The milk jugs in McDonald’s Happy Meals are easy to recycle, but not so easy to reuse—until now! The distinctive shape of the milk jug recently reminded of another particular shape, the Dalek from Doctor Who. Paint, stick-on faux pearls, and a Starbucks coffee cup plug can turn a milk jug into a perfect pencil holder for a Whovian.

What You Need

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

  • McDonalds milk jug
  • Starbucks coffee cup plug
  • Black faux pearl stickers
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Black Sharpie marker (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Get Started!

Clean and dry the empty milk jug, and remove the label. Paint the jug with the silver acrylic paint; two coats may be necessary for complete coverage. Let dry completely.

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

Next, paint the jug black between the grooves in the top of the jug. Leave the top of the jug silver. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

Use the black acrylic paint, or black Sharpie marker for a steadier hand, to draw small stripes around the top of the jug.

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

Next, use the plastic ridges on either side of the bottom silver half of the jug as a guide to place four faux pearl stickers.

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

Using these pearls as a guide for spacing, add four more rows of faux pearl stickers for a total of 16 black dots. (If you’re making this Dalek completely upcycled and don’t want to buy anything, you can simply use the black acrylic paint to paint the dots by hand.)

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

Next, cut the Starbucks coffee cup plug in half. Paint the thin half of the stick silver with black paint on the tip and let dry.

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

Next, cut the tip off the thick end of the other half of the stick.

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

Paint the wide end of the stick black, and the thin side silver. Allow it to dry.

Finally, use the hot glue gun to attach the thin silver appendage to the middle of the jug, just below the stripes. Hot glue the larger appendage on the top silver part of the jug.

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

And your Dalek is complete! Pencils and pens can fit inside to make a noticeable statement on any Doctor’s desk.

Upcycled Dalek Pencil Holder

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