Pencil shavings can be very messy - so how about a special pencil sharpening bin: which will collect and sharpen your pencil for you?

You will need:
  • An empty pot
  • Cardboard
  • A pencil sharpener
  • PVA glue
  • Newspaper
  • Tissue or kitchen paper
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Black pen
First, take an empty pot like this.

Drinking chocolate pots are pretty good for this.
A little way up from the bottom, use a sharp pencil to push a hole through the cardboard.

If you can't do this yourself, ask an adult to do it for you.
Draw around the bottom of the pot twice onto some cardboard box card and cut the two circles out.
Stick the two circles of card together with some glue, like this.
When the glue dries, take a pencil sharpener, place it just at the edge of the circles of cardboard box card, and draw around it.
The idea now is to cut this shape out, but within the lines, so that you can then put the pencil sharpener back in and it will be a tight fit.

You could always put some glue on it to hold it in place.
Then put some more glue on the underneath of the card circles.
Then for a slightly tricky bit... you need to line the pencil sharpener up with the hole at the bottom of the pot, and then push the cardboard circles all the way down it.

You could use a ruler to do this.
Scrunch up some newspaper and pad out the lid a little, taping it firmly into place with a lot of tape.
Add on a small twist of newspaper to make a handle, taping it down on either side.
For some sticky-out eyes, roll up two balls and tape them underneath the rim of the lid.
To make everything a bit neater, paste on a layer of tissue paper or kitchen roll with PVA glue mixed with a little water.
When you've covered the whole thing, and it's dry, you'll be left with something that looks like this.

You can even add some handles to the side as well!
Now all you need to do is paint.

Use metallic silver paint for the bin, adding some grey lines for detail, and pick out some extra details with a black pen.
There you have it: a dustbin pencil sharpener which collects all the shavings neatly inside for you.

Try it yourself!