Thursday, September 23, 2010

plumed pencils

About four years ago I saw an article (in Paper Crafts magazine, maybe?) on how to cover pencils with paper and I was instantly an obsessed woman. I went on a factory run of about 250, then had my second child and moved across the country and there was no time for adorning pencils. Today seemed like a good day to revive the madness.

I'm sure there are plenty of tutorials out there on how to cover pencils, surely better than this one, but this should at least get you started. Magazines are perfect for this project because the pages are thin enough to wrap easily around pencils, plus the variation in the pictures makes the overlap hardly noticeable. I siphoned a few pages from my old stacks of Marie-Claire Idées and Cloth Paper Scissors for these. You can use just about any kind of paper, provided it is thin enough. Origami paper, scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, even patterned tape should all work, but lining up the patterns on the overlap requires extra effort that I'm personally not willing to invest.

Cut a piece of paper the length of the pencil and about 1.5" wide. Sharpen the pencil, run a glue stick on the strip of paper, then roll it around the pencil - it should wrap several times - and fix the paper in place. Then slap on a coat of Mod Podge and you're done! To let it dry, stick the tip in a foam block. Once it is thoroughly dry, you can sharpen it as you would any regular pencil. Thicker papers might require a wider pencil sharpener.

pencils-1

And then there's the matter of ornamentation. For a clean, minimalist look, you can leave the ends bare, as above.

pencil-feather-book

pencil-cup-feathers-2

Or you can go over the top, and sully the eraser with feathers and floral tape as I did. This way, the next time you go to your local craft store and they hand you one of those grubby flower-topped pens to sign your credit card slip, you can whip out your plume and say, "No, thank you! I have my own."

31 comments:

Sofia said...

ваш блог достоин внимания!))

Yvonne said...

short but sweet: LOVELY!! :)

Erin Butson said...

These are so cute! love them. especially the feathers.

Kolleen said...

LOVE IT!!!!

xoxo
k

Phoenix Peacock said...

I'm going to be making over the top ones this weekend! What fun and how easy!

Sarah said...

These are lovely! They would make a good present I am thinking!

iHanna said...

Haha, feathered pens makes me smile. Thanks, now I know. Your post reminded me of Cathe's post about Back to school messages on pencils, another fun idea to try. :-)

messyfish said...

this made me laugh out loud! the most wonderfully ridiculous pencils. I wonder if one day I too will have time for this. I hope so. How old do the kids have to be??

nacherluver said...

Very cute. Nice simple project. I love it!

S.E.Minegar said...

i am quite the pen klepto. i take them from bank tellers and cashiers without realizing it. i sign my name and drop the pen into my purse. the flower and plume topped writing devices are the only kinds my brain tells me to give back (well, and the ones chained to the counter).

what pretty anti-theft devices you have created!

Jane said...

So gorgeous!! I have to try this soon :))

cath c said...

adorable

juicy*s said...

I'm gonna do this! So beautiful!

aimee said...

thank you!! i'm sorry my pictures suck - i couldn't make them crispy for the life of me. i think it's time for a new camera!

Buffalo Lucy said...

I recognize that homework! :)

Love the pencils! Gonna have to make myself a few!

rachel awes said...

super fun, aimee!
xox

suzanne cabrera said...

SO fun! Aimee, can I be one of your daughters? Please.

Shannon said...

Love it!! Makes my pencils look so boring...and I love writing with pencils so I've got to try this.

daisy janie said...

I always wondered how to do this! The plumies are cute!!

freebird said...

Cute. I don't think I will make some just now but I'll keep this idea on standby. They do look nicer than a plain ol' pencil!

Eden said...

Aimee, I love this!! I'm such a sucker for ADORNMENT!! But didn't like to buy the adorned pencils because well.....some of them just don't write very well....NOW ALL THAT IS SOLVED, cuz I can create my own plum masterpiece! Thank You!!!

Bella Sinclair said...

Always something here to tickle my fancy. Now, literally!

Lynn Fisher said...

What an awesome idea. Hmmm, add a cover comp book and a cute little handmade gift. It's official, I can quit thinking because Aimee is doing it for me! : )

Caroline said...

Well, I love your pics! Nice post!

Mridula said...

great idea.. waiting to try it.

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

loveeeeeeeeee! it is nice to be here. I just love your blog so inspiring and vibrant. Your blog is a feel good blog full of color and whimsical wisdom I love it!!!

Stopping by hon for a visit!

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Jill Berry said...

Over the top? For that you need glitter.
Love the cha cha pencils (that is my word for "necessary excess")

Took a small break from the PROJECT to spy on you....

●• Thereza said...

super cool idea! i might try it with some of my patterns... very nice

Leovi said...

bonitas ideas

AG Ambroult said...

love em. and my girls will too. And maybe everybody I have to buy gifts for will love them as well. because that's about all I have in the budget right now. Thanks for the how to.