Chip Tray Repurpose: Studio Pen & Pencil Caddy

I’ve probably walked past old rotating poker chip trays a hundred times while thrifting, never once giving them thought until last week after I’d purchased a new set of Prismacolor colored pencils. I found two racks at the same thrift store, together for under $10.I brought them home, and got to work by removing the handle hardware and gluing a poker chip into the open bottom of each stack-rack to close up the thumb holes. I gave each tray a few coats of black spray paint and finished off the open sides on one with some vintage Sorry playing cards. For the other I cut pieces from an old scrapbook of daily verses glued to cardstock. I curved each piece a bit before sliding into place.I sprayed the handle hardware with clear acrylic paint and replaced each to its tray.I filled one tray with my new pencils and the other with my Sharpie markers. These are just perfect for my little studio and with each having a handle, easy to tote into the house or anywhere I feel like working.

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55 Responses to Chip Tray Repurpose: Studio Pen & Pencil Caddy

  1. #1 - Melisa says:

    YOU ARE SO CLEVER!! Love it! Thanks for the

  2. #2 - Angie Kiker says:

    That is so clever! Thanks!

  3. #3 - {gemmifer} says:

    Clever is the only word for this! Great idea!

  4. #4 - creative grammie says:

    I love your very clever idea! You always come up with such wonderful repurposing ideas. TFS

  5. #5 - Ann Wilson says:

    Genius! Also good for the sewing room for scissors and other doodads.

  6. Hi Cathe-
    You are so CLEVER!!!! What a colorful, ingenious way to repurpose.
    My best- Diane

  7. #8 - carol turner says:

    Ok, You officially win the cleverest idea I have seen in a long time, brilliant!


  8. #9 - Tai says:

    these are fantastic! great job envisioning these as something completely different!

  9. Thanks for sharing your ever so clever creation! Can’t wait to go thrifting and get one of these!

  10. #11 - Selena Cate says:

    I’m having Sharpie envy at the mere sight of this fabulous project. I so need to make one of these for the colored pencils scattered across the house.

  11. #12 - Cheryl~ZanyMayd says:

    Cathe ~ You Always Amaze Me…. Your Mind is a Maze
    of Creative Wonder!

  12. #13 - Donna Sullivan says:

    Love this idea! I have so many pens, markers, paint brushes, etc. Perfect solution!

  13. #14 - Jody says:

    What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  14. #15 - Saucy Chick Sherry says:

    Cathe my dear you are amazing. A vertible fire hose of ideas flooding forth. This is brilliant to repurpose those super affordable poker chip trays. Holly Jolly to you…

  15. #16 - Bridget says:

    I love this idea. thanks for sharing

  16. #17 - Linda says:

    OH this is such a GREAT idea~ thanks so much for sharing it and for the inspiration!

  17. #18 - tracy says:

    This is such a good idea.

  18. #19 - Gail Thayer says:

    You are soooooooooo beyond brilliant! What a great way to re-pupose those. I too have passed up so many of them, never really giving them a second thought…..mind if I “steal” your idea for my own studio?
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. #20 - Kirstin says:

    This is a such wonderful idea. I absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing.

  20. #21 - Momma Mindy says:

    Oh my goodness! You just changed my world. I don’t think I can look at anything as “useless junk” anymore. Great post. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  21. #22 - spindelmaker says:

    What an excellent idea! And beautifully done.
    Have a great Sunday!

  22. #23 - Elizabeth Toel says:

    Clever, clever, clever – as always!

  23. #25 - Linda says:

    those are so cute, who’d have thunk?

  24. #26 - Bonnie says:

    Cathe, saw your entry on Prismacolor website. Love this idea! I am a fan! (:-)) Nice site here, I have bookmarked it. See you again on the Prisma site.

  25. #27 - Karin says:

    Yeah, you’re pretty much a genius. 🙂

  26. #28 - Immi says:

    Love this idea! It’s so much fun to see things find a new life.

  27. #29 - Katie B says:

    This is brilliant. I’ve also seen spice jars used in poker chip holders, perfect for brads, snaps or eyelets.

  28. #30 - Tina W. (TeaDub) says:

    OMG…that is soooo brilliant! Now I’ll be on the hunt for a cool poker chip tray for my Prismacolor pencils! Thanks for sharing!

  29. #31 - mindy says:

    Sweet! I really do like those. I love how your mind thinks!

  30. #32 - Danielle says:

    What a FABULOUS idea! Thanks for showing.


  31. #33 - Kelli Mulrooney says:

    Love this idea!! Wish I had a couple of these in college for my Architectural Design studio, would have REALLY come in handy!!

  32. #34 - Sheila Holland says:

    Love the project! Very inventive and looks like it really works well for the pencils. Great idea!

  33. #35 - Anne says:

    This is a great idea! I know I’ve passed over them many times, but now I’ll watch for the chip holders.

  34. #36 - Karen says:

    Oooo…I think my heart just went all a flutter! Love the simplicity, practicality, and ease of it…, love, love it! :>

  35. #37 - Andy Kawahara says:

    These are fantastic! They remind me of my grandparents house…grandpa had Friday night Poker with his brothers.
    Awesome job as always!!!

  36. This is a really great idea Cathe, can’t wait to go thrifting later this week. You are so ingenious. Thanks for sharing your brilliance.

  37. #39 - cammie says:

    That is the greatest repurpose for poker chip caddys I have ever seen!! Bravo!

  38. #40 - Sandy Richardson says:

    What an awesome idea for colored pencils. Hugs
    Be Blessed

  39. #41 - Kate Brisbane says:

    Do I get some brownie-points if i suggest knife and fork holder in a posh restaurant? Love it -have never seen any in Brisbane’s op shops but will know what they are if i ever do :>

  40. #42 - stacy says:

    thanks for the idea,,,,,i’m off to my garage right now. hopefully i haven’t sent mine to the goodwill already.

  41. #43 - Kim says:

    I love this idea. Never in a million years would I have thought of it. So unique, very clever!

  42. #44 - Mary Beth Shaw says:

    Genius! Sure wish I had one hangin’ around the house so I could do the same thing 🙂

  43. #45 - elaine says:

    This is AMAZING Cathe!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to craft with you….

  44. #46 - Lorinda de Regt-Penn says:

    I absolutely love the idea ! What will you surprise us with when you use the poker chips ??????

  45. #47 - last minute lynn says:

    Love this idea! I’ll be on the lookout for a poker chip holder. Many thanks for sharing!

  46. #48 - Sherree says:

    I am going to be on the outlook for some of these. I have colored pencils and markers that would love to be housed in something like this. Thanks so much for your cleverness.

  47. #49 - Sheila says:

    Look at you! Does your cleverness ever end? What an awesome idea. Thanks again for your awesome creativity!

    Happy Holidays,


  48. #50 - Paula M. Barnette says:

    I truly appreciate your sharing. The vintage items are so adorable! I live in eastern NC in a very small town. I collect vintage angel figurines from the 50’s and 60’s, miniatures, character ornaments and other wonderful things from simpler and more innocent bygone days. Love your blog. Sad today, due to 2 deaths in 2 days. Both were very dear to my good friends. Please pray for the Price and Parker families. May God bless all on this wonderful anniversary of our beloved Savior.

  49. #51 - Peaches says:

    Holy cats, Woman you are a genius!!!

  50. #52 - Gayle says:

    I’ve seen lots of plastic trays, but yours looks like it might be made of wood? Let me know if I’m on a wild goose chase looking for wooden ones! LOL

  51. #54 - Kim Reedich says:

    Brilliant! Might have to go hunting this weekend!

  52. #55 - ChrisA says:

    Great idea…thank you for sharing Cathe!!!