13 Cool 3D Printed Pencil and Pen Holders (With Links)

Scott Hamill


3d printed pencil holder

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Pens and pencils occupy a special place on anyone’s workstation, and that special place tends to be everywhere. No matter how organized your desk, sooner or later you’ll wind up wondering where you put that pen you swear you used just seconds ago.

3D printed pencil holders not only add some much-needed organization to your desk, they can also show off your personality or passions with unique shapes and clever designs.

Multicolor fancy 3D printed pencil holder

Whatever your style, a 3D printed pencil holder makes for a practical addition to a work or study area to make it more efficient, and they look pretty cool, too. Each one also makes a perfect gift for anyone who’s looking to give their artistic or desk-glued friends something truly unique.

Cool 3D printed pencil and pen holder STL files are easy to come by, but here we’ll show off some of our favorites that we’ve found in our search. Many of them are free and easy to print as well as being aesthetically pleasing, so don’t be afraid to jump in and try them out!

Cash Register 3D printed Pencil Holder

  • Download: Thingiverse
  • Designer: GreySkylight
  • Price: Free
Doctor Who 3D Printed Pencil Holder

This simple Doctor Who-based 3D printed pencil and pen holder comes with just about everything you need to organize a messy desk.

Especially ideal for artists and students, the cash register pencil holder has 40 slots for pens and pencils, a front drawer for highlighters and erasers, and wider back slots for rulers, scissors, fountain pens, and any other bits and pieces that don’t fit elsewhere.

Fans of Doctor Who will also enjoy the symbols that adorn each side of the cash register, as they each reference the long-running show in obscure enough ways that non-Whovians will still be able to enjoy making and using this 3D printed pencil holder.


  • Download: Thingiverse
  • Designer: gauravgulati
  • Price: Free
Caesar being stabbed in the back 3D printed pencil holders

Whether this is a funny or cool 3D printable pen holder depends on your sense of humor. Caesar has been a popular, fun, and somewhat kitsch, knife holder for some time, inspired by his famous demise.

However, this designer took that model and made it into an impressively detailed 3D printed pencil holder designed to resemble the infamous emperor’s historic end.

Et tu Brute Caesar Back Pencil Holder

While not to everyone’s tastes, this pencil holder is a should definitely be added to any history fanatic’s office (or just given to anyone with a dark sense of humor). It was printed as a conversation starter, and it should be clear why, and it makes for a great gift.

Simple 3D Printed Pencil Holder

  • Download: Thingiverse
  • Designer: eat_sleep_make_repeat
  • Price: Free
Simple 3D Printed Pencil and Pen Holder

Sometimes simplicity is the key to quality. Not all 3D printed pencil holders, or 3D printed objects in general, need to be flashy or cool.

That was the idea behind this simple, common design that comes courtesy of a designer who simply didn’t want to buy a new pen holder.

The fact that this pen holder is about as basic as it gets means that it’s fully open to customization in different colors or details depending on your source of inspiration. Creative designers can use the files found above as a base to be added to for a grander design, changing its shape and form or engraving the holder with text or images.

Or you can simply print it as it is in whatever color you have in mind. Classic designs are classic for a reason, after all, and they can fit just about anywhere.

Cool 3D Printed Pencil Holder

Cool 3D printed pencil holder pen box

Another simple but elegant design is this pencil holder, simply called the Cool Pencil Holder, which lives up to its name by including abstract patterns on the size of its cuboid shape that the creator themselves drew.

Its minimalist design should appeal to those who want to make a 3D printed pen holder that’s attractive and practical without being too flashy.

See also: our ranking of the coolest things to 3D print

Wasp Pencil Holder

  • Download: Cults3D
  • Price: $2.76
Wasp Nest 3D printed pencil holder

Another new take on a classic is the wasp design, a simple pencil holder 3D printed with hexagonal holes to look like a hive. Don’t worry, it’s not real.

Most of the holes are quite large in the unedited file, so this design is better suited for those who have a lot of pens and the like to organize. This also means that larger items like white-out, rulers, scissors, and anything that can be found in a busy workspace.

The example along with the files here is printed in green, but printing this pencil holder in yellow would make it resemble a beehive, making it a good project or gift for any entomology enthusiast, or even just a fan of nature!

The Tree Stump Holder and Desk Organizer

  • Download: Thingiverse
  • Designer: DanielStein
  • Price: Free
Realistic Tree Stump 3D Printed Pencil Holder

On the topic of nature, this 3D printed pencil case could be mistaken by anyone at first glance to be a real tree trunk.

The realistic look is very difficult for many people to design from scratch, and with the right finish and care, this project could look like a genuine mini tree trunk that’s perfect for storing the bits and pieces that can clutter any space.

The realistic look is great, though the files found here only include one hole in the center of the holder, so it may not be the best thing for people who have a lot of art supplies lying around.

This cool 3D printed pencil holder is, however, perfect for those who have just a few too many pens and pencils lying around that they’d prefer to keep all in one place.

Pencil Sharpener Holder

  • Download: Cults3D
  • Designer: IMAKINA
  • Price: $1.33
Giant Pencil Sharpner

Pencil holders shaped like other stationary tools have been popular for a while, and so this designer came up with a 3D printed pencil holder in the shape of a giant pencil sharpener.

The detailed look may be intimidating to those new to 3D printing, but the designer assures an easy print in only two pieces that you only need to join together with glue.

Multiple Ring 3D Printed Pencil Holder

  • Download: Thingiverse
  • Designer: corbantek
  • Price: Free
Multicolor Pencil Holder 1

The designer of this cool 3D printed pencil holder also refers to is as the fancy pencil holder, and it’s very easy to see why.

Designed to hold colored pencils for artists, this holder works as both handy organization tool and desktop ornament.

Multi Pencil Holder Blank

It has been updated from the original design to hold 64 pencils, all in a leaning stance to give the impression of a curved surface. Included in the files here is also an optional handle for the artist on the go!

2Go Holder

  • Download: Cults3D
  • Price: Free
2GO Portable Stationary

Speaking of artists on the go, this pencil holder is a small and light design that keeps pencils and pens organized in transit.

While pencil cases are handy for moving around, they often lack any kind of organization for easy access to just the pencil you need. This easy design comes with small clasps and can even act as a necklace for easy access and switching.

Perfect for artists who like to work outside or for kids to bring to school, the 2Go holder is a 3D printed pencil holder that anyone who likes to bring art with them will be happy to own.

3D Printed Pencil Case Designs

3D printed pencil holders are great for organizing a workstation. But as a few things on this list have mentioned, some artists like to take their shows on the road, so 3D printed pencil cases are also a great choice for artists and students who need to take their stationery with them wherever they go and protect them along the way.

The Pencil Pencil Case

  • Download: Thingiverse
  • Designer: francfalco
  • Price: Free
Pencil Pencil Case

No, that’s not a typo. This fun 3D printed pencil holder model is large enough to act as a pencil case, and is designed to look like a giant pencil, hence the name.

While not the most original of ideas, it can be customized or even printed with wood filament to more closely resemble real stationery, and is a remarkably useful tool all on its own.

PP Case 2

It also comes with a lid that securely fixes to the main body to ensure safe and practical storage for transportation.

Nested Pencil Case

Closing Stationary Case

This handy carrier is a pencil case that uses hinges to open and close. While this may be nothing new, it stands out because it uses a pencil to lock shut!

While this is a neat design idea in its own right, it also ensures that you never leave home without at least one pencil with you. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all opened our trusty pencil cases only to find that we’ve forgotten to pack a pencil!

Closing Case Closed

The nested pencil case also comes with files for an attachment that turns any pencil into a ruler, as well as a multi-use pencil toper that can act as its own 3D printed pencil holder when you’re back at your home.

Honorable Mentions

Not all 3D printed pencil holder designs are fancy or special, some are simple models designed to stand out purely by their usefulness.

And so here are a few honorable mentions for 3D printed pencil holders and cases that are just as practical without all the glamor.

Standard Desk Organizer

Desk Organizer

For those who prefer a flatter look when it comes to organizing their work areas, these simple desk organizers are standard drawers that can hold a variety of things like pens, pencils, glue sticks, scissors, and anything else you might need.

Multicolored Pencil Top

  • Download: Cults3D
  • Price: Free
Pencil Top Holder Wood

This 3D printed pencil holder is a neat addition to any workstation. Made with wood filament to resemble the look of a real pencil, it certainly stands out as a practical pencil holder.

What material is best for a pencil holder?

Because pencil and pen holders don’t have any moving parts and won’t be exposed to heat, they can be created using just about any filament from PLA to ABS. Simple containers don’t need to be anything but static objects, so as long as they’re not so brittle that things like scissors or sharp rulers will damage them, you can use any material you like.

How big should a pencil holder be?

Outside of novelty pencil and pen holders, the standard size is anything that can fit neatly on standard-sized office desks. It’s also important not to make each container so large that it becomes difficult to remove pens and pencils they’re designed to hold.

Generally speaking, they shouldn’t exceed 7-10 inches in height for easy access and should have a maximum thickness of 3mm so they don’t take up too much space.

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