DIY: Pretty Pencils

With all this talk of back to school, and pencil cases, surely we shouldn't forget something pretty fabulous to put inside!

Without further ado:

These are a simple and gratifying DIY.  We've turned again to our 5x7" Washi Paper Packs for inspiration and come up with a perfect companion project to our Japanese Paper Dolls

For this project, you will need:
  • pencils, preferably round (ours were neon - learn from our mistakes and choose something a bit more neutral, especially when using a lighter coloured paper!)
  • beautiful paper like our Japanese washi
  • Mod Podge (we used Matte)
  • a craft paintbrush 

    Cut your paper into strips approximately 2.5cm / 1" wide and 17.25cm / 7" long.  Standard pencils are approximately 17.5cm / 7" long.  Adjust this measurement to fit the length of the pencils you are using.

    Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the wrong / plain side of your chosen paper.

    Carefully roll paper around pencil, ensuring you roll tightly and edge of paper is aligned with the ferrule (that's the official name of that metal band which attaches the eraser to the pencil, we looked it up! ).

    Apply thin layer of Mod Podge to right side of paper to seal.  Ensure seam is well-adhered.  You may need to smooth down seam edge during drying time to make sure it lies flat.

    Allow pencils to dry thoroughly before sharpening.  (We let ours dry overnight.)

    What fun!  We're keeping ours in our notebook, but these would make a pretty fabulous gift too.  Wrap up a few with a lovely notebook or pencil case, and you've got a great present for someone on your list!

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    1. These are gorgeous! I stumbled it to share it with others and to remind myself I'd like to make myself a set someday.

    2. Thanks for stumbling! This is one of those great almost instant gratification projects - and you end up with something you'll actually use!

    3. Nice looking pencils, like this idea.....
      You could use it for so many holidays, birthdays..... etc;

    4. Gorgeous! Nothing like a quickie...

    5. Found you via Craft Gawker. These are wonderful and look so easy to make.

    6. Just beautiful! I hope to make a set of beautiful pencils for my son's teacher. Thank you for a lovely and simple craft.

    7. These are great! A must try, looks like so much fun-kind of a quick creative release which we all need at some point

    8. Thanks for this! I'm planning on using these as themed extras in swaps :3 They're so easy and fun, what a great way to make pencils personal! <3

    9. Love this idea, posted it at my new blog on making things and hope to use this as a project for an upcoming craft night!:

    10. I love these, my teenage daughter would too!

      I run Fun Family Crafts, a library of craft tutorials geared at kids of all ages. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like!

    11. Thanks everyone! They really are a quick but satisfying little project.

    12. wow, this is so simple, yet it never occured to me that you can just cover pencils like that! thanks so
      much! I also stumbled this. there is this shop where I live called smiggle, and they sell pencils like this for $3.10 nzd each!

    13. I love this idea and wanted to let you know that I am featuring it on Monday! Thanks!

    14. These are just gorgeous!

      Anne @ Domesblissity

    15. I love these thank you! I just purchased a box of 24 plain pencils. Time for me to get busy. I am a new follower!

    16. I shared your fun idea with my readers today. This is such a fun craft to do as we prepare for back to school.

    17. Hello, I really LOVE your pretty pencils! Such a cute and easy project. I have featured it on my new blog here:

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!