Back to School Painted Pencil Craft

Back to School Easy Pencil Makeover for Teens and TweensWhen I was in school, I always thought the basic no.2 pencils required were so boring. I would dress them up with pencil toppers and fun erasers, but I still had that generic yellow pencil. Now, I enjoy being unique and creative and everything has to be customized in some way, but I was always stumped on how to decorate those pencils…at least so the designs wouldn’t rub off onto my hands. Recently, a light bulb turned on. What if I painted nail polish onto the pencils?

This simple nail polish craft and does not take long at all. You can customize pretty much any way you want it and can even use nail polish you already own (cost-effective!) Give your pencils a polished new look for back to school!

What You Need

  • No.2 pencils, unsharpened is best
  • Nail polish, multiple colors and even specialty polishes
  • Somewhere to dry the pencils (I used a plastic basket with holes, you can also use a hanger with clips or hold it by hand or find something else around the house to hold it off of surfaces to dry)

Back to School Pencil Craft Supplies
 

Directions

1. Hold the pencil by the metal/eraser end. Choose your first nail polish color and paint the full pencil.

Back to School Pencil Craft Step 12. Now you can add other colors and layers to make designs. I did several different varieties with sparkles, crackle polish, and stripes. You can even use nail polish pens to draw more intricate designs.

Back to School Pencil Craft Step 23. Carefully hang the pencil to dry. As I mentioned above, I used a storage basket with holes in it. I held the eraser end in one hand and touched my finger to the opposite tip of the pencil, which was not painted, then slid it into the hole. Dry for at least 10 minutes or until hard and dry to the touch.

Back to School Pencil Craft Step 34. Once the pencil is completely dry, you can sharpen it. I recommend waiting at least an hour before you try sharpening, just to make sure the nail polish is entirely dried.

Back to School Pencil Craft SharpenedHow adorable are these? This is so easy, kids can do it! It makes a great craft for teens and tweens. What colors and designs will you use on yours?

Easy Pencil Makeover for Back to School
You May Also Like

Written by Alyssa Darby

Follow me on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  
This post may contain affiliate links and sponsored ads; using these links helps support my blog.
 
Advertise Here; contact artscrackers@gmail.com.  
 

25 Comments

  1. I think that decorated pencils would be great, inexpensive gifts to put in the shoeboxes that are sent by Operation Christmas Child.

  2. That is such an awesome idea! I will have to do this with my daughter!

  3. This is SOOO Susan! thanks.

  4. Pingback: The Best Nail Polish Crafts - Moms and Crafters

  5. Pingback: 24 COOL Back to school crafts for tweens and teens - Moms and Crafters

  6. Pingback: 22 Craft Ideas for Girls

  7. Pingback: Star Wars Rebels Party Theme on a Budget | Arts & Crackers

  8. Pingback: Back to School Wooden Ruler Makeover | Arts & Crackers

  9. Pingback: Back to School Decoupage Ruler Craft | Arts & Crackers

  10. Pingback: The ultimate back to school tips guide! - onecreativemommy.com

  11. Pingback: 10+ Super Cool Supplies for School | Arts & Crackers

  12. Pingback: DIY Shoelace Wrap Watch | Arts & Crackers

  13. Pingback: DIY Chunky Wooden Alphabet Magnets | Arts & Crackers

  14. Pingback: I Didn't Hand Out Candy... | Arts & Crackers

  15. Pingback: 21 DIY Gifts for Teens and Tweens - Moms and Crafters

  16. My girls would enjoy this! How fun. Will keep this in mind for a rainy day activity!

  17. Pingback: 101 Back to School Resources for Traditional and Homeschoolers - Rhythms of Play

  18. Pingback: 25 More Awesome Nail Polish Crafts - DIY Projects for Teens

  19. Pingback: Helpful Back to School Resources

  20. Pingback: Glow Stick Lightsaber Craft

  21. Pingback: Back to School Backpack Tutorial

Comment Here, I Want to Know What YOU Think!