A perfect back to school craft : DIY washi tape pencil!
If you have gone through all my posts on this blog, you would know how I am the queen of complication 😛 I realized I hardly have any simple crafts that are cute and can be done by anyone. So here is the first in the series – DIY washi tape pencil craft. Its a very simple tweak to make a normal pencil stand out especially for kids who cannot take fancy stuffs to school but can flaunt these pretty ones among friends. All you need really are pretty washi tapes and boring pencils ha h. Lets jump into the tutorial then.
Materials used in this DIY washi tape pencil craft tutorial :
- Pencils of any shape ( round/hexagon/triangle)
- Washi tapes – choose pretty patterns
How to make these DIY washi tape pencil :
Let me tell you there is nothing absolutely to put under a tutorial heading because all you need is to wrap the pencil with the washi tape! But let me explain what I learnt so that you can come up with prettier washi tape pencils.
( P.S- thats my daughter helping me with the crafts 😀 )
First of all choosing the washi tape – If your pencil is dark colored, use dark colored washi tapes with light colored patterns. If you have light colored washi tapes with dark shaded patterns, they will go best on pencils whose colors matches with the lightest shade on the washi tape. Confusing right? Wait and see my washi tape pencil- there are a few pretty ones and few disastrous ones just because I cared less about matching the shades!
The white with green yellow dots looks vibrant because the base color of washi tape is white and the pencil color was also white. Look at the blue chevrons pencil- Had I wrapped them on white pencil, the white are portion which looks grey now would’ve looked brighter and rendered an overall brighter picture. So choose your washi tapes wisely.
You can wrap the washi tape in two ways – along the length of the pencil or around the pencil. I did along the length because it was faster and easier and I would recommend that method to everyone. Stretch out your washi tape and place your pencil along the middle of it, press the washi tape over the pencil and slowly fold the excess flaps on to the sides of the pencil. If there are creases that are formed, you can very well open again and stick properly.
The washi tape I used it thinner about 1.5cm I think which covered only one half part of the pencil so I did the same on the uncovered side. You can cutout the excess washi tapes from the base and the nib using a pair of scissors.
If you have patterns on your washi tape like say chevron patter, while pasting the second washi tape , try to align the patterns in line.
For the base part with looks a little odd, I used another contrast shade plain washi tape and wrapped around twice or thrice to bring a solid color.
A gold glitter washi did a pretty good job as well although the adhesive did not hold well and I had to put some glue.
I tried sharpening the pencils with the washi tape on and they did work. Please use good sharpeners so that the washi tape also gets cut through. I searched a lot to find this old rust sharpener which was dragging the washi tape as I turned the pencil!
Here are a few more pictures of the washi tape pencil 🙂
In the background you can see the “joy” letter frame with doodles flowers that I created a while back for which tutorial as always is on my blog 🙂
I bought all the chevron pattern the washi tapes from thecraftshop.in and the thinner solid colored ones from lulupu.in. Rest of the washi tapes are pretty old and I cannot recollect the shops 🙁
Okay the “joy” letter frame with doodled flowers are more visible in this pic! Anyways hope you guys loved this DIY washi tape pencil and also are looking forward to more such simpler crafts. If you loved this washi tape craft, I am sure you would be interested in making these http://thecraftyangels.com/washi-tape-handmade-flower-tutorial/ as well. Try them and let me know 🙂