Silly Pretty Twelve

Like many families with school aged children we have a few dozen each of pencils, pens, markers, and crayons in our house at any given time. With each holiday that passes we end up with a few more pencils, along with tiny shaped erasers and the occasional pencil topper. Stepping on one of those toppers is what inspired the Saturday craft this weekend.

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My girls are still anxiously awaiting for me to do hot glue art with them, and I am avoiding it like the plague for now…still. However we did get out the HGG for our project. Believe it or not, the only item in the supplies pictured below that was purchased specifically for this project was the bouquet of fake flowers. The rest of the supplies were in the craft items we had, and I found recently. Here are 2 tutorials for fun projects for you and the kiddies (adult supervision required).

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Supplies needed for Silly People Pencil Toppers:

  1. Glue gun and glue sticks
  2. Colored Pom Poms
  3. Colored foam craft rings
  4. Wiggly eyes of various sizes
  5. Pipe cleaners (not pictured)
  6. Felt (not pictured)
  7. Pencils
  8. Scissors
  9. 18 gauge craft wire & cutters, and any other small glue-able items on hand (optional)
  10. Pencil Erasers (or foam pencil grips pictured here)

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year we had to buy a package of erasers, which we ended up not even needing to send in. We used that as the base to build our Silly Pencil people’s bodies with.  You will start by putting the eraser on the pencil so that you don’t have to try and balance the tiny “body” in your fingers and possibly burn yourself. This is also a good protection for Little people since the pencil is a steady base to hold on to while they try to figure out how to dress their people (and also for play time).

Step 1: We each picked our colored foam ring then cut the band of the ring and glued that to the tip of the eraser. With my help we positioned the bands into arms and glued into place (I may have gotten a little bit burned here, but don’t worry I’ve healed up nicely.)

Step 2: Glue the pom pom head  and the wiggly eyes. The eye pack we had contained several different sizes and also a smaller size with pink irises instead of black; which Middle wanted to use.

 

Step 3: Cut a pipe cleaner in half then bend in half for the legs and glued to the front of the bottom of the eraser.

Step 4: Add pom pom hands, foam or pom pom feet, and clothing over the odd looking legs.

Step 5: Personalize as desired. I used floral wire and two clear/white buttons to make antennae for my bug and a ring twisted around to make a crown, Littlest used shell shaped buttons to make ears and scrap foam for a hair bow, and Middle cut two foam rings to give hers some ear phones.

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Obviously each pencil person also got a “nose”. The nose is a tiny black eye from the variety pack I had. Perfect don’t you think? We do.

For Grip instead of Erasers: Slide the grip about 3/4-way over the un-sharpened end of the pencil, this will make it easier to do the project since the pencil is your steady base to hold on to. Do not hold the pencil completely upright in a 90° angle while you carefully dab the glue inside of the open space. If you hold the pencil straight it will glide all the way down and could possibly make removing the grip to place on the proper end of the pencil a bit tricky. Continue as noted gluing the body pieces to the outside of the foam grip.

♥ ♥ Project # 2 ♥ ♥

Ever get to a doctor’s office and see a cup full of flower topped pens on the counter to sign in with? I love those things! But, they are a bit awkward to mistakenly walk off with so I vowed to one day make my own. Not that I try to walk off with them…on purpose of course. Anyway, they are usually put together simply with fake flowers and floral tape directly onto the butt end of a pen. Sadly I don’t have any floral tape of. Beside from that the ones we were making were going to go on pencils so it’d defeat the point if I did, the kids have to be able to take the flower off if the eraser is needed. Problem solved!

Supplies needed for Silly People Pencil Toppers:

  1. Glue gun and glue sticks
  2. Green Erasers (or green foam pencil grips pictured here)
  3. Fake flower bouquet
  4. Pencils
  5. Wire cutters
  6. Scissors

 

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You will start by putting the eraser on the pencil so that you don’t have to try and balance the tiny “Bud” in your fingers and possibly burn yourself. This is also a good protection for Little people since the pencil is a steady base to hold on to.

Step 1: Cut the tip off the eraser and use the pointed end of the scissors to carefully make a hole in the remaining rubber. (see Pic2 below) Another option for this is to use the tip of the glue gun after it has warmed up; you don’t need to hold it there long. Basically you will just poke the eraser with the hot tip.

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Pic2: I used the scissors laying on the table to make the eraser hole.

The eraser is now the  “Bud” of our flowers. I used green erasers since they were flowers and I’m kinda OCD about details like that; but any color eraser (or grip) you would like to use is fine for a “Bud” for the flowers or a “pot” for them. 😉

Step 2:  Most leaves and flower buds on fake bouquets have a small plastic part that sticks out when you pull it off the stem (visible on the greenery in the Pic1), dab some hot glue into the eraser hole and then add the greenery by poking that nib into the hole. You will need to, carefully, hold it in with a little bit of presser to let the glue set. 10 seconds tops.

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Step 3: Cut the nib off the end of the flower. Then glue the flower onto the center of the greenery with hot glue. Again, you should hold it in place for roughly 10 seconds to let the glue set.

Optional Step 4: Since these would end up in the hands of kids I did a small rim of glue around the base of the “Bud” where it connects to the leaves for extra security. It isn’t an absolute but for kids you never know ya know…so I did it to avoid accidental tears. Now you’re all done!

For Grip instead of Erasers: Same as with the pencil people, slide the grip about 3/4-way over the un-sharpened end of the pencil, this will make it easier to to the project since the pencil is your steady base to hold on to. Do not hold the pencil completely upright in a 90° angle while you carefully dab the glue inside of the open space. If you hold the pencil straight it will glide all the way down and could possibly make removing the grip to place on the proper end of the pencil a bit tricky.

 

That’s all there is to it. Just be sure to sharpen the other end first and Ta Dah, a pretty useful bouquet and some silly friends for Homework time.  😉

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