DIY Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils

These pencils were wrapped with a Japanese paper. Tied with raffia, they make a beautiful stocking stuffer.

These pencils were wrapped with a Japanese paper. Tied with raffia, they make a beautiful stocking stuffer.

With severely limited ability to apply any pressure with my hands (read: fell on ice last week with wrists still very, very sore), I was looking for something easy to make for stocking stuffers. I had a bunch of pencils, and I always have lots of different papers around the studio. Voila! Paper Wrapped Pencils!

These pencils were wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. They are going to my father, an avid crossword puzzle fan.

These pencils were wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. They are going to my father, an avid crossword puzzle fan.

I found some “environmentally friendly” pencils (translation: no paint or varnish) and played around a bit to find what worked best for me.

These were the "environmentally friendly" pencils I found. The pencils on top were wrapped in a thin thai paper.

These were the “environmentally friendly” pencils I found. The pencils on top were wrapped in a thin thai paper.

  1. I used strips of paper 1″ by 6 3/4″. Lighter-weight paper worked better than heavier paper.
  2. The glue adhered best when the pencil was first lightly sanded. The “glue” I settled on was Golden Acrylic Matte Medium. I liked it best because I didn’t have to be as careful with it, since I also finished the wrapped pencil with a coat of the acrylic matte medium.
  3. I applied glue to the paper, then wrapped it around the pencil. I discovered it works best if the paper is wrapped in the same direction as the pencil sharpener blade turns around the pencil.
  4. Apply the matte medium to the paper and let dry.
  5. Sharpen the pencil and your gift is ready.
These pencils were wrapped in a Japanese paper.

These pencils were wrapped in a Japanese paper.

These pencils were wrapped in a beautiful paper with an art deco motif.

These pencils were wrapped in a beautiful paper with an art nouveau motif.

 

These pencils were wrapped in scraps of paper left over from covering my light switch plates.

These pencils were wrapped in scraps of paper left over from covering my switch plates.

Paper wrapped pencils are easy to make stocking stuffers. Enjoy!

Paper wrapped pencils are easy to make stocking stuffers. Enjoy!

I wrapped over a dozen pencils in less than an hour. It was easy, fun and fast.

Enjoy, Candy

8 responses to “DIY Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils

  1. You have the best ideas ever. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Merry Christmas and watch out for that ice!

    • Thanks, Sallie. I love to “play” with paper and art. As for the ice, it was the hurrying across the ice that was my downfall. It’s been over a week now and although my wrists are getting better, it looks like it will be a long time before they are completely healed. Meanwhile, I will enjoy Christmas and let others do most of the cooking this year.

  2. Those came out really lovely Candy!

    • Yes, Becky, they came out better than I thought they would. I hope my dad likes the crossword pencils. I get the ones that match my switch plates. I have some music ones that weren’t dried in time for the photo shoot this morning that are really lovely too.

  3. You are amazing! Yet another great project, thank you for sharing. Sorry to hear about your fall. Take good care.

  4. Yes, let’s plan on it. Hope to see you at the January First Friday too.
    Happy Holidays!

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