We're always looking for new ways to save some cash, so we loved this creative reuse project. You can turn an old poker chip caddy (plus a few of its chips and cards) into a unique pencil or pen organizer for your home office.
We first spotted this idea through Real Simple's New Uses for Old Things, pictured left. It's a creative idea with a ton of potential, but Real Simple's version looked somewhat pieced together.
We were ready to scrap the idea altogether when we spotted Blogger Cathe's monochromatic take on the project (pictured far above and below).
Using two thrifted poker chip caddies—total expense: $10—Cathe created these vintage-look organizers for her colorful collection of Prismacolor pencils and Sharpie markers. The caddies were spray painted black and finished off with antique black-and-white Sorry game cards. Check out her tutorial on her blog, Just Something I Made.
If you're interested in recreating the project in your own home office, it's easy! Just glue a poker chip to the bottom of each slot, then close the gaps on the sides with playing cards to create closed compartments for your stray pens and pencils.