A Pretty Pencil Holder

Desk 2

I need to warn you all of 2 things. One … this is going to be a short post. Two … I didn’t invent this idea, I saw it on the show “House”. Also there’s going to be the opportunity to see a dink at the end of this post. So I guess technically, that might be 3 things to warn you about, depending on how feel about seeing dinks. GET BACK HERE!!! Do not scroll down to the dink until I’m done my post here. I told you it was going to be short, so you can certainly wait a few seconds.

The whole world is screaming REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. Sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes it isn’t and sometimes it just isn’t all that aesthetically pleasing. Case in point … a toilet should not sit on your front lawn with flowers in it. Sometimes it’s O.K. to throw out that plastic Sour Cream container. I know you want to use it for leftovers and mixing paint and a multitude of other things you can do with Sour Cream containers but … you only need so many.

So when I come across a reduce, reuse, recycle idea that’s really good I cling onto it like a burr on a Sheepdog. I don’t know if you have any of these around, or if you even know what they are, but back in the olden days when people weren’t smart enough to just use tape across the top of their vases, glass flower frogs existed.

The glass flower frog was actually invented in the late 1800’s, more than a quarter of a century before Scotch tape. They’re round glass blocks that you stick in a vase or bowl to hold your flowers straight up. I’ve found them to be quite useless in terms of their practical application. The stems are either too big, or too small for the holes and your arrangement looks mostly weird. I’m sure if I tried harder I could make the glass flower frog work, but I have other methods. So I don’t often use my glass flower frogs for flowers.

I do however, use them for pencils and pens. If you don’t happen to have any of these in your cupboard, they go for cheap. The larger one would be about $8 in an antique store and the smaller one around $4.

The following tutorial is kind of involved and detailed so pay close attention. Here we go …

Place frog on table.

Place pens or pencils or BOTH in frog holes.

And no. This isn’t the dink picture. I have blurred out the wiener in this picture. So’s you’re not offended.

2 holders copy2

This, on the other hand IS the winky picture. Roll your mouse over the pic. to remove the scissors and reveal the dink.

Move your mouse over me

Got that baby in my stocking several years ago. The pen doesn’t work anymore, but throwing it away would be wasteful. So now I use it to stab people.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


  1. Caroline says:

    Great idea for the frogs! We are more formal at our house and call a mans part “dinkus” or “weenus”. Often used at my house (by my teenagers) is “hey! weenusbreath! give me back my hat…shirt…tv remote! (brotherly love is sweet – brings a tear to my eye!)
    ps -my favourite word for a woman’s parts was coined by my daughter when she was four – she called it her “vajeena” – very elegant and foreign sounding!

  2. Colleen says:

    Curious whether your fella has a special name for a pen such as this? I do so enjoy his vocabulary. A knick(erless) knack, perhaps??

  3. Masha says:

    …a tape across the top of the vase?
    I must be living in those olden days still.
    Can you please explain?

  4. Lauren says:

    In my world dink means: Dual Income, No Kids. Frankly, the only way to be!

  5. Boo…mousing over doesn’t work with the iPad. I never have any fun. Lol!

    • Karen says:

      Dana – i was *just* wondering what would happen on an iPad. Lemme go play on mine and see if I can come up with a solution. You MUST be able to see the dink. ~ k

  6. kelliblue says:

    i think the last time i heard the term ‘dink’ was in middle school, Karen!

    Sure it’s FROM the Fella…but is it OF the Fella??? Heh. ;-) But I’m w/Pati…seen one seen ’em all. Mostly.

    inky dinky doo…

  7. Kate says:

    I just saw the dink. I’m STILL at work. Now the dink has broken my train of thought. Sigh. Gee, thanks Karen.

    • Meg says:

      Hahah I’m still at work too, and being my 12th day of 9:30am to 11pm workdays…. I was pretty darn excited about the scissors rollover.

      Maybe I’m delirious.

  8. Del says:

    Well the pen was interesting, but not that interesting. The frog on the other hand is beautiful. I am an embroiderer and keep my fancy-smanshy scissors in a flower frog as do many other embroiderers. Those glass frogs are highly coveted. Concerning the word ‘dink’, I thought you could make up a dictionary of global terms for genitalia. I’m from Australia too so dink doesn’t have the same meaning. I bet there are some amazing words out there and…I bet said dictionary would be a best seller.

  9. Maddy says:

    Haha! In Australia we use the word dink to mean giving someone a ride on the back of your push bike! Karen- please can you tell me the tape and vase trick? Never heard of it and am in desperate need of fewer arranging tips.

    • Karen says:

      Maddy – You literally just take clear tape and put a bunch of pieces of it over the top of your vase to form a grid. 8 or so pieces in total. Then, just slip your flower stems into each of the squares on the top of the vase that the tape has created and they don’t droop or fall over. Easy as that. Dink. ~ karen

  10. Cricket says:

    I have nothing to say about the frogs, but that pen! When Asaas about 12 my mom let me order little Christmas presents from some cheap-o catalog. I ordered some toothpaste rollers for my friends, and one of these puppies for myself. Um. Mom eventually found it, and I remember saying to her “But Mom! It’s really just a picture of a pig’s snout! Look close and you’ll see!” as though that didn’t tell her exactly how many hours I’d spent examining it. I never saw my man again. Now I know he went to live at your house.

  11. Nancy says:

    You are a bad naughty girl..lol..that is a neat computer trick there..with the scissors..

  12. Where I come from dinky means small: not accurate (in my experience). Do I need more experience?

  13. Rose campion says:

    If you want a frog for actual flower arranging, the one’s that are metal with all the spiky bitson them actually work okay.

    For pens and pencils,i have way too many of them. My husband keeps bringing them home. From work mostly (I suspect he’s secretly kown at work as ‘that guy who always walks away with your pen’). But he also comes home with drug freebie pens from the Dr.s office, freebie pens from hotels, and any place else they give away pens. In turn, I used to take the extras into my work where we never had enough pens. I’m unemployed now and the result? Way too many pens to fit into a flower frog.

  14. Susie says:

    Oh my gosh!! Thank you for the chuckle – I SOOOO needed it!!! (and the picture of the dink didn’t hurt either!!)

  15. carolmcc says:

    what i want to know is what is that copper/goldish colored pen on the left in the second picture. it looks like it might do something cool….

  16. Jake says:

    My friend has an ironing board (remember those things) with the same guy on, well looks like the same guy, what a slut.

  17. jennifer says:

    LOL! is dink short for the more formal “dinkus”? cuz thats what we call it here!

  18. Michele says:

    I inherited a pen like that in high school when my Grandmother passed (she was an art collector and had a lot of nudity in her house). Mine had floaty underwear that would come on and off depending on the direction of the pen. It was a gem.

    One of my teachers “confiscated” it, but I know she just wanted it for herself. The thought of it still irks me, but I guess I shouldn’t have taken it to school. Honestly though,how could I have resisted?

  19. Tamra says:

    Oh – and I actually have a couple of glass frogs and have been wondering what to do with them…I thought they were just pretty so I bought them. Now they are useful! My husband will be relieved.

  20. Tamra says:

    Wow – that’s an old school “dink” – pictures of naked men don’t have tan lines anymore…not that I really know that, just assuming since we have tanning beds now. {wink}

  21. Liz S. says:

    Nice way to salute the day.

  22. I dont’ know what your post was about, but I liked the winky pen!

  23. Amie says:

    You are hilarious. I thought I was the only one that referred to a member as a dink. Glad to know I’m not!

  24. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Nice dink!

    I thing the frog might be cool with makeup brushes in it. I only own 2 makeup brushes so I guess that would look kind of lame. :)

  25. Lisa says:

    I saw this somewhere once too, except when you drop the sharpened pencils in it, the point hits the desk and it breaks. Or you get ink spots on the desk. I thought to either glue felt or wine cork over the holes on the bottom, but never got around to that….

    • Karen says:

      Lisa – it depends on the frog. The holes are different sizes in all of them. Also you can just put the frog in an antique bowl, a cup or whatever it happens to fit into and the problem will be solved. ~ karen

  26. Jen A says:

    Awww jeeeeze. It’s too early in the morning for foreign dinks. (Familiar dinks welcome though)

  27. Langela says:

    I had no idea what a dink was. Oh, Karen, you are so full of valuable information. I don’t think I can pass this info on to my kids, but at least I now know something they don’t! I hope.

  28. Joanne says:

    I have a collection of the frogs collecting dust in the cabinet–I don’t do flowers in them either. Now one can collect dust and be useful! Thanks.

  29. Barbie says:

    ….the fact that the pen is sticking “straight up” is well…kind of hilarious in itself….all the rest of the pens are facing down. lolololol snort snort!

    • cheryl seals says:

      Good observation Barbie about pen being upside down! See she wasn’t just looking at the dink! Another idea Karen is to put only 4 pens or pencils in corresponding holes on outer edges of frog, then prop your fav. photo between them ! I have a few of these with pics in them, then you can change them out if that person makes you mad ! HEHE postcards from a recent trip are fun too ! You inspire us all to try new projects !

  30. marilyn says:


    • Karen says:

      Marilyn – That’s the same as my pen. He has a black bathing suit on but when I turn the pen upside down (like it is in the pic) it goes away. Yay. ~ karen

  31. blake says:

    of course it was from the fella…

  32. Melissa says:

    Is that Rick Santorum on your pen?

  33. Cheryl says:

    You’re too funny! I really enjoy your wit!! Thanks for the laugh!!

  34. Donna M says:

    I also read “drink” and was disappointed when I couldn’t find it…..then I Saw the scissors and giggled. First email I read everyday and this is the reason why! Thanks karen!

  35. Nicole2 says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHHA!!! Love it. Neat trick with the mouse. You’re a computer genius!! A dink. I’ve never heard that expression before. (I’m from Quebec.)

    Gotta love the fella. He’s so secure in his masculinity to be giving you dink pens.

  36. mary c says:

    I’m sure most men would cringe having scissors so close to their nether regions.

  37. Jan says:

    I’ve got lots of the frogs! But, no pens or pencils.

  38. Now we know why the post was so short. Talk about a writer’s block! Ha ha. Hmmm, the frog isn’t ‘tufa but your re-use is clever and pretty and inspires tufa ideas. Thanks Karen for the giggle.

  39. Susan says:

    Typical females…. Not one of them said ” Wow, cool idea!”…. they all commented on the dink!! Frogs are useful little items… Dinks on the other hand ….well mostly just little items! Funny Karen…did you find this in the junk drawer and couldn’t throw it away! The frog I meant not the dinky-do pen! Have a good weekend!

  40. Great Tutorial! LOL! And definitely you should re-purpose that pen as a knife! Or how about sticking it in a nice little herb plant on your windowsill? hahaha! xo

  41. Gayla T says:

    Well,it’s been a while since I’ve seen one of those. No, I’m not talking about flower frogs. Those I have in my home. Could you put up a porn warning for old ladies who don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of hooking another young stud? I’d really appreciate it. Now, I’ll be awake the rest of the night reminiscing.

  42. KEL says:

    I thought the exact same thing as Gwen! Haha!

    Great reuse of a defunct object; I love it.

  43. Angela in Spokane says:

    Well I’m disappointed. That was kind of dinky…

  44. Lucy says:

    Next question: was it a fella self-portrait?

  45. gloria says:

    Where I come from the word dink means, “dork, doofus, knothead, idiot,” so you can imagine my surprise…

  46. nancy says:

    I’ve never heard of a dink. I didn’t know what you were talking about. However, as a nurse, I am quite sure I can work it into my very next conversation.
    However scary the scissors are, the scissor trick is much more impressive to me than the dinky pen.

  47. Heather says:

    Was that a gift from Betty? Or the fella?

  48. Gwen says:

    The first time you used the word “dink” in this post I read “drink.” The second time you used the word “dink” I thought you were referring to the name of the drink you would be showing us a picture of.

    I did not think it was weird that you said there would be a picture of a drink (as opposed to a recipe.)

    So at the end of this post I thought “Well whatever about the dink on the pen, where is the picture of the drink?”


  49. Pati says:

    If you’ve seen one dink,you’ve seen em all….wait a minute…that’s not necessarily true….so never mind…” GRIN…

  50. Marti says:


    What stuff can I throw out next?

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