I can’t remember where I first saw this idea…a book? online? who can really say? It has been around the internet in many styles. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or a veteran; this is still a ton of fun! This project is a super easy one to start your craft time with. It is also a great “I’m bored” kid project, especially if you have a pack of kids with nothing to do, and don’t mind tidying up after young painters. I would, however, recommend a responsible party to handle the glue gun. Let’s get started!
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I like to call them Quick Note Wands…see what I did there?
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Tools you will need for this project:
-pencils (any type will do). You can even do colored pencils and have as a set
-trusty glue gun
-glue sticks (which ever type fits your glue gun big/small)
-any acrylic paint, glossy or matte Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece (2-Ounce), PROMOABI Assorted Colors I
-water to clean brushes and thin paint as needed
-dish/plate/pallet to hold paint
-a place to paint. I like to use my old painted over flexible cutting mat and/or some newspaper to make clean up super easy
-a place to allow drying time (I like to use a cheap cooling rack from a dollar store for drying)
–Mod Podge 1470 Clear Acrylic Sealer, 12 oz, Gloss for sealing (but I really don’t think it’s necessary, especially if you use a glossy acrylic paint instead of a matte)
-paper towels (I prefer Viva for painting clean up as they are super sturdy and can be roughly used)
-marble or crystal optional (see photo above)
As you can see, it is VERY easy to go a little over board with these. I made these while watching TV over the course of a few nights.
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I simply used my glue gun to design the handle on the wand. It may take a few tries to get it right to suit your own taste. You may have to layer the glue and let it cool in between layers. I recommend using the coolest setting of your glue gun: A) to allow shorter drying time, and B) so you don’t burn yourself in the process. If you want to add the marble/crystal option to the top on the pencil, it will take a few glue dry times in between to allow it to stick (this is where a box for holding upright will help).
Once the glue is dry, then comes the fun part of painting. The best part is you can do as you wish; there are no rules for painting. Just use care not to ruin any clothes or furniture in the process.
Voila! You now have pencil wands!
These make fantastic party gifts, classroom gifts, Halloween handouts…the list is endless!
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