This month I’m all about making my home office my sanctuary, ready for crafty activities of epic proportions. You know that feeling when you clean your bedroom to perfection and all you want to do is hang out there and lay in the luxury? That’s how I’m feeling about my spare room at the moment – it’s amazing! I moved into a new place last month with a big, lovely spare bedroom so first step this year was buying my pretty new iMac (eeep!) and now it’s all about accessorising, the DIY way… naturally. So expect to see a few posts about office styling in the upcoming months.

I’ve always wanted to doll up some pen cups. It’s one of those simple items that most people have, and also ignore. They’re so easy to give a makeover though so there’s no excuse to keep them plain and boring! I picked up a few sheets of cork from Spotlight a few months ago and it’s finally their time to shine. Cork is really creeping up in popularity lately from cool notebook covers to cork-print cushions and I’m on board, I love it. That and a spray of gold paint and these came up a treat I say. Check below for instructions to make your own, and come back soon as there’s more office ideas in the making!


Products featured in these shots: Gold Eiffel Tower Scissors from Typo, Large Gold Embroidery Scissors from Lincraft, Metal Tea Tin from Victoria’s Basement


  • Pen cups or cylinder containers
  • Craft glue
  • Cork sheets (got mine in a small roll from Spotlight)
  • Gold spray paint (mine is White Knight Super Gold)
  • Tape (masking tape or washi tape will do fine)
  • Scissors and pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Rubber bands
  • Pegs


First things first, you’ll need to pick up some pen cups. I bought a plastic one from Officeworks, and used an old pencil cylinder lid too so the sizes varied. Any cylinder container with a bottom would work well – even a Pringles container cut in half!

Measure the circumference of your pen cups and cut your cork to length. Measure it well because you’ll need to cut it to the exact millimetre. Give yourself an extra inch height so that you can just see cork when they’re finished.

cork and gold pen cup how to

Now to lay out your tape ready for painting. I just used some washi tape I had lying around which worked well and also taped a sheet of paper to protect the rest of the cork. Just be careful not to use a tape that is too tacky as it may damage the cork when you peel it off. Leave some tape over the sides to stick it flat to your surface for painting.

cork and gold pen cup how to

I spray paint I used was White Knight Super Gold and it’s AMAZING. Totally recommend it for spraying literally anything a nice shiny gold.

white knight super gold spray paint

I also definitely recommend placing your cork into a box for spraying to protect your house from over spray (unless gold sparkles on the wall are your thing!)

cork and gold pen cup how to

Give it a few quick coats back and forth and leave to dry for a few minutes before peeling the tape off.

Once the paint is completely dry, apply some of the craft glue to your cup and place on your cork. I just used ordinary white craft glue which worked well but does take a while to dry. Any craft glue work fine if you want to use a quick dry glue. Play with it for a little bit so it’s all nice and lined up then secure it with rubber bands. I recommend putting your cut size to the bottom so the edge on the top is nice and neat.

cork and gold pen cup how to

Also place some glue along the edges of your join where the cork is above your tubes and hold this in place with a peg.

And you’re done.

Don’t you just want to cover everything in cork now? I do!

Fiona x

Products featured in these shots: Gold Eiffel Tower Scissors from Typo, Large Gold Embroidery Scissors from Lincraft, Metal Tea Tin from Victoria’s Basement



  1. says

    We just moved into a new house and I’m in the process of setting up our office! I need to make some of these to have on my desk, they are so pretty! I’ve added your tutorial to my Five on Friday post today! :) Hope you have a great weekend


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