Monday, February 22, 2010

Tutorial - Paper Covered Pencils

Although I love all my digital conveniences, nothing beats a piece of paper and pencil for jotting down ideas or sketching out an illustration. Personalize this often over-looked office supply with this quick and satisfying craft.
• Mod-Podge
• Paint brush
• Pencils
• Decorative Paper
• Cup of water
• Medium weight decorative paper (I used this paper from my shop.)
Step 1 - Cut your decorative paper into 1 5/8" x  7" strips. This gives you enough over lap around the pencil  and a bit extra on the end.
Step 2 - Using your brush lightly wet both sides of your paper strip with water. This makes it more pliable and easier to wrap around the pencil.
Step 3 -  Brush a thin layer of Mod-Podge onto a pencil.
Step 4 - Gently stick the paper onto the pencil by rolling it on your work surface.
Step 5 - Brush more Mod-Podge onto the paper as you roll. Make sure you cover all of the paper's edges and ends well with Mod-Podge.
Step 6 - Coat the outside with a final layer of Mod-Podge (I swear, I'm not getting paid by Mod-Podge.) 
Step 7 - Set the pencils to dry by propping them up in a glass cup or jar. Let them dry over night.
Step 8 - Cut away any excess paper at the end with a sharp exacto blade.
Step 9 - Sharpen and get writing!


  1. So cute. Who doesn't love a cute pencil? :D

  2. Great tutorial! My niece would love these!
    ps. i love modge podge ;)

  3. Great idea! I'll make some as gifts!

  4. Cute idea! Thanks for the tutorial;)