tutorial: custom pencils

I know you all have been on the edge of your seats waiting for this one. A pencil tutorial. I know, I know. Mind-blowing. (Actually, I think this is pretty cool, but I am trying to down play my excitement because I know haters* are gonna be all - "Really, a pencil tutorial??")

Let's just say this. The fact that I had to make special pencils to go with my craft room gives you a glimpse into my extremely particular tastes. I don't know why I had to have pretty, paper colored pencils, but I did.

So here is what I made:

Here are the supplies I used:

  • Pencils (I found these in the dollar bins at Michael's. The rhinestones were alrealy attatched, but you could easily attatch your own if the pencils you have don't have rhinestones.)
  • Patterned Paper
  • Mod Podge (I used matte)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors (not pictured)
Start by measuring around your pencil and adding about 1/4 inch so that the paper will overlap itself.

Cut out paper the length of your pencil, and the width of the measurement you just took.

Coat your pencil and the back of your paper in Mod Podge and wrap your pencil in the paper.

You may have to apply a little extra Mod Podge and press down the edge of the paper.

Hang your pencils to dry so that the glue doesn't stick to any surface. I have one of those hanging rack things for scrapbook supplies, so I just used that with one of the clips that came with it. If you don't have one of these, you can use a clothespin and string to hang them.

Let them dry overnight, and they are done. I sharpened one of them, and the paper didn't snag in the sharpener or anything. It works like a charm.

Now I have pencils to go with my crazy picky desk set.

* I don't say "haters" in my non-blogging life.


  1. Could I get my son's name on this, too? Love this tutorial. Thanks.

  2. Sure, I bet you could print his name and then try this. Let me know if it works for you.

    Thanks for reading! Glad you like it.

  3. I love the pencils you did a great job. I want to make these for my daughter bridal shower. I've been looking for gift wrap with a small print but I can't find anything. Would you mind telling me what paper you used. Thank you Ann

  4. I used old paper that I got from Michael's - not sure what brand it is. Michael's has a pretty good selection of paper with small print. If you don't find anything you like, try buying smaller size paper pads. Since they are smaller paper pads, the prints are usually pretty small and are great for projects like this. Hope this helps!!

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  9. Hi Allison,
    You have designed all the pencils quite well . Thanks! for sharing the tutorial.



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