Get Crafty! Paper-Wrapped Pencils
Today I'm showing you how to make paper wrapped pencils. I recently moved into an office at my day job and I was determined to decorate it as girly as possible, since the room is so boring and grey. I randomly decided I wanted fun pencils and seeing how expensive the designer ones are, I thought of how I could make them myself.
I have tons of decorative paper laying around from my scrapbooking collection, and so an idea was born.
- Pencils, the plain cheap ones at the office supply store
- Scrap Paper, cut into 1" wide strips
- Modge Podge, Matte
- Paint Brush or Foam Brush
Collect your scrap paper and cut them into strips that are 1" wide, and as long as your pencils before they are sharpened.
Apply Mod Podge to the strip of paper with the brush.
Roll the paper around the pencil, making sure the paper is sealed tight. It helps to roll it against the table if it's a smooth pencil.
If you have pencils with edges, like mine, it's easier to roll them in your hands to start.
Make sure the outside edge of the paper strip is sealed tight, apply more Mod Podge if needed. Since the glue is matte, it won't show once it's dried.
Let the pencils dry before you sharpen them. It may be a little hard to sharpen because of the paper. I had to jam it into the electric sharpener. :)
Look how pretty!
Not only would these be great in your office or at school, but they could be favors for parties, care packages for college students, gifts for those who love stationery.
You could also go crazy and use your remaining scrapbook paper on other surfaces to make favors, gift wrap, decorative jars, etc. I took an old jewelry box and covered it with some fun paper.
The possibilities are endless. Have fun!
I'm really excited about my rediscovered love of crafting. I even have a semi permanent craft area set up in the middle of my living room (I live in a small space!).
Don't mind the messy room!