DIY Photo Pen Holder | Father’s Day Gift Idea

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Kyle will be starting his new job soon.  And with that new job, comes a new office which is going to need a little decorating.  With Father’s Day around the corner, I thought I could use my brand new power tool “skillz” and create this DIY Photo Pen Holder!

DIY Photo Pen Holder made with just a @ryobitools drill, stain, and mod podge!  #ad #spon #fathersday #giftideas

Wanna make your own DIY Photo Pen Holder?

Here’s what you need:

Wood blocks

Sand block {220 fine grit}

18V One+ Cordless Drill

1/2 inch drill bit

Rubber gloves


Oil based paint brush

Old T-shirt

Photos of Dad and Kiddo


Mod Podge

Sponge brush

My hunt for 4×4 square blocks was fruitless.  I had to get a little creative.  Thankfully, I had another creative mind with me, Kelly from Live.Laugh.Rowe.  When I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I decided to purchase a wooden mail post.  The lumber yard guy informed me that they couldn’t cut something that thick.  {Grrrr}  Kelly offered up the use of her miter saw and I headed over to her place.  {Thanks Kelly!!}  We were able to use her Ryobi Miter Saw to cut the mail post into wood blocks.

I began by measuring out the blocks.  It was then I noticed that the mail post was only 3×3.  Oh well.  I rolled with it.

I measured out the blocks 3x3x3 – allowing for the 1mm saw blade.


Then we fired up the miter saw and began cutting.  The awesome thing about this miter saw is it has a laser beam guide to ensure a clean and precise cut.


After I cut out the blocks, I sanded the edges.

Then I busted out my new best friend.  Allow me to introduce you to the Ryobi 18V One+ Cordless Drill!  This bad boy is so cool!  It even has a level on top so you can ensure precise drilling!  The 24 position clutch and two speeds accommodates to hold a range of drill bit sizes.  I love that it’s light weight and easy to use!



Isn’t she pretty?  I’ve named her Gizmo!  hee hee

Gizmo and I set up to begin drilling holes in the wood block.  Mark out your pen holes with a pencil.  {I eyeballed this but in retrospect, I should have measured it.}  I used a 1/2 inch drill bit because it was the largest and would easily accommodate a pen.  To load the drill bit, place the switch trigger {the button with the arrows on either side of the drill} to the center position.  Open the chuck jaws and insert the drill bit.  Tighten the chuck jaws.  Rotate the chuck body back to LOCK.

Set the drill speed to 1.  Make sure you set the switch trigger to forward.  Apply pressure and press the trigger.  Drill about 3/4 quarters of the way through the wood.

That’s it!



Once all the holes are drilled, you can prep for staining.  Gently sand off any rough edges in the direction of the wood grain.  Make sure your area is clear of saw dust before you begin staining.

Don your rubber gloves.  {That’s fancy talk for put them on.}  Open your stain and stir.  Apply the stain to the pen holder.


Let sit for 5-15 minutes to allow the stain to set in the wood.


Remove any excess stain with the old t-shirt.  Wipe in the direction of the wood grain.


Allow to dry overnight.

I picked out four pictures of Reed and Kyle and sized them to 2.75×2.75.  Once they were edited to my satisfaction, I printed them out.

Using your Mod Podge, coat the back of the picture and smooth onto the side of the pen holder.  Repeat this process for the remaining three sides.  Let sit for an hour.


After it dries, coat the whole thing in Mod Podge Super Gloss and allow to dry.


Kyle is going to love this!  Thankfully, he doesn’t read my blog so he won’t see it until Father’s Day – ha!  And I bet your husband thinks it’s hot that you used power tools to create his Father’s Day gift!

DIY Photo Pen Holder made with just a @ryobitools drill, stain, and mod podge!  #ad #spon #fathersday #giftideas

See what you can create with power tools?  I added this to the Ryobi Nation!  By adding projects to Ryobi Nation, you enter yourself into their contests!  Projects can be voted on and then the project with the most votes wins an awesome prize!  How cool is that?  Be sure you sign up today!



 I was given free product from Ryobi Tools for the purpose of this post.  To read my full disclosure, click here.



  1. says

    I’m sure your husband will be impressed with this gift and by your skills on how to use these cool tools! (I’m scared of using a drill) 😉 I love this idea for a gift and now I’m thinking of asking hubby to do something similar for me for my office! :-) great job Jill! :-)

  2. Kelly says

    It turned out great, Jill! So glad I could lend a helping hand, I mean miter saw (giggle). Hugs!!!

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says

      Thank YOU for letting me use it! I love how it turned out and I know Kyle will too! =)

  3. says

    Not sure if my other comment went through, but this turned out adorable… and I’m glad I could lend a helping hand — I meant miter saw {giggle}. Hugs!!

  4. says

    I’m not so great with power tools…so great job!

    Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your project has been featured this week on my blog!

    Also, you can add your project {or any project} to my website. I feature them on my main slider on the home page…follow this link to submit your project!

  5. says

    This is great! I love it :)
    I’m visiting you today from Skip to my Lou. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I’d love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!

  6. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this and for the great idea! This will be one of my husbands first Father’s Day gifts! I am very happy with way it turned out. We linked back to your blog.

  7. karen says

    OMG!!!! This is so adorable, Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to make this for my Dad for Father’s Day, he is going to love this…


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