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!
I found some “environmentally friendly” pencils (translation: no paint or varnish) and played around a bit to find what worked best for me.
- I used strips of paper 1″ by 6 3/4″. Lighter-weight paper worked better than heavier paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply the matte medium to the paper and let dry.
- Sharpen the pencil and your gift is ready.
I wrapped over a dozen pencils in less than an hour. It was easy, fun and fast.