Kid’s Craft: Pencil Beads

Kid’s Craft: Pencil Beads

These fun, one-of-a-kind beads are the perfect accents to a handmade gift.


By: Heather Mann

Sometimes, it’s hard to not find some sort of school supply in every room. But instead of tossing coloured pencils out, why not transform them into unique, colourful beads?

This kid-friendly activity is perfect to introduce your children to crafting and also helps reduce throwing out school supplies. You might even find yourself buying coloured pencils just to make the beads!

Materials
Pencils
Scrap wood board
Drill and small drill bit
Fine-toothed hacksaw
Fine-grit sandpaper
Jewellery beads or charms

Instructions

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  1. Hold pencil firmly against scrap wood then drill perpendicularly through shaft
  2. Saw pencil into pieces so drill holes are centred on the new bead
  3. Cut pencil into portioned lengths appropriate for bead size

Tip: Wear safety goggles and heavy-duty gloves when sawing. Kids can help decorate, but making the beads themselves should be left to the adults.

  1. Rub bead edges along sandpaper until smooth
  2. Repeat steps 1-3 to create more beads
  3. Use pencil beads as spacers for more extravagant beads

Tip: Necklace chains are usually around 45 centimetres (18 inches) in length, and bracelet chains are 19 to 20 centimetres (7 1/2 to 8 inches) long.



Heather Mann of Dollar Store Crafts specializes in transforming inexpensive materials into stylish craft projects.

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What a great idea to use up pencil ends!

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