Arts & Crafts

DIY Muji colored pencil tube

What happens when you have a plain cardboard canister and an afternoon of procrastinating?

I have a lot of personal projects brewing in my head all the time but I usually have no time motivation to act on them… except when I’m procrastinating on more important tasks at hand.

Last year, I bought mini colored pencils from Muji, a Japanese lifestyle brand with beautiful, minimalist, and “unbranded” household/stationery/travel/furniture/clothing products. The colored pencils came in an unmarked brown Kraft tube– perfect for personalizing, I thought, as with everything else Muji sells. It took me a few months before I thought of what to do with it, and when I did, I used my Letraset Tria markers.

Three nibs in one marker!

What’s special about these markers is when used right, they blend very nicely and you can layer and mix colors and they’d come out looking like watercolors. I’ve had my eye on these markers since college, but couldn’t afford it with my college student allowance. I was only able to afford it when I started working, but then I had no time to do anything with the markers, so I held off on buying them. It was only early last year that I finally went and purchased them. Let me tell you, it’s a good feeling to be able to work for something you’ve wanted for a long time but couldn’t buy before with your own money πŸ™‚

This is how I used those markers. I’m still trying to get the hang of working with this medium.

I thought I’d make a Japanese kokeshi doll since the stout canister shape was perfect for it and because the pencils are from a Japanese brand. Nice logic, no? Haha


Oops… that year under my name is supposed to be 2012, not 2011.


customized Muji colored pencils

The coloring could be better/smoother, but for a first try, I don’t think it’s that bad πŸ˜›

This short tube of pencils is perfect for traveling and on-the-go drawing, which is why I purchased them in the first place. It holds 30+ pencils with room inside for a small sharpener (non-Muji, which I bought separately). I went back to Muji yesterday to maybe pick up a few more tubes of pencils I can dress up but unfortunately, the short tubes were out of stock. They had the tall canisters of 60, full-length colored pencils but they were too pricey at Php 1,000++. Better grab the short ones next time you see it in stores so you can also DIY and customize it πŸ™‚


  • Reg

    Thanks, Robbie! πŸ™‚ Naku, I don’t remember how much. Between P350-500 ata. LOL, terrible estimate. Matagal ko na nabili eh. Still pricey for colored pencils pero mas OA yung 1k++ πŸ˜›

  • Kara

    Ooooooh, those are really cool! Parang gusto ko narin bumili kung meron man dito kaso kelan ba magagamit (and as if marunong). Hahaha.

    • Sobuj

      Brides-to-be have their own ideas and criteria on chnioosg wedding veils, but if I am allowed to enumerate several keywords to describe the trendof this year’s wedding veil, I will certainly mention two nouns: elegance and simplicity. No weird design, only original beauty and utmost simplicity. It seems that once bride pick off the veil, she can immediately attend a common dinner party with friends. That’s cool Lace – a hot element in this spring and summer Thanks to the new British princess Kate Middleton, who set an example on how lace is so vital to shaping an elegant bride, lace undoubtedly became the hottest element in the field of wedding veils this year. Lace is also widely seen on ready-made clothes, but the traditional design would always make these wedding veils fashioned. Hence, designers tend to focus more on the placement of lace, namely partial decoration.

  • Reg

    @Tammie – thank you! πŸ™‚ I like how it colors– I would say it’s firm but not hard, and not too waxy either! Surprisingly nice quality from a brand that’s not known for making art materials. If you’re looking to buy, I would say go for it πŸ™‚

  • Andrea

    I LOVE this so much Reg! πŸ˜€ You share my compulsion for drawing on Muji stuff (but they are so perfect that I cannot sometimes)!

  • Reg

    @Andrea – thank you!! I do love customizing Muji stuff! But yes, sometimes it’s so intimidating to “ruin” something so perfect! And it doesn’t help that their items aren’t exactly cheap πŸ˜› Baka masayang lang! Haha!

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