We may be too old to trick-or-treat but that's not going to stop us from dressing up for work on Halloween. Caitlin and I decided a while ago that we really had no choice but to be pencils. There's not much on such a costume online so we but our crafty hats on and made it up ourselves. And it's SO easy! You just to pick a pencil, raid your wardrobe and hit the art supply store for a few things that'll cost you less than $10.
1. Pick a pencil! I decided to be a vintage Eagle Black Warrior and Caitlin chose an Eberhard Faber Mongol. As my pencil is black, I'm wearing all black clothes with the pencil text painted on my leggings (I just used a heavy acrylic paint). Caitlin managed to find a yellow dress in her closet and bought yellow tights to which she'll glue felt text.
2. You'll need shoes the color of the eraser on your pencil (probably pink) and socks the color of the ferrule. Caitlin found gold and silver socks at Forever 21 for a mere $3.99. Both of our pencils have colored bands, so we're just going to attach appropriately colored foil around our ankles.
3. Now for the most crucial part, the pencil tip! For this you'll need heavy paper close to the color of pencil wood, a pencil, double sided tape and scissors.
- Cut your paper in a half-circle (I chose Canson Mi-teintes in Honeysuckle, it's the closest color I could find at my local craft store). You can kind of wing this step and trim it depending on how long you want your point to be.
- Once you've trimmed your point down to the desired size/shape don't tape it yet! I used removeable washi tape to temporarily tape it (not entirely necessary) so I could draw where my point will go.
- Lay the cut paper flat and color in the tip of it with a pencil. I used a Caran d'Ache Black Wood because it's dark and jumbo so I could cover more surface area more easily. You may need to layer it a few times to make it super dark.
- At this point be very careful when touching the tip--you'll get graphite everywhere! If you have some hairspray handy you can give it a light spritz to help set it.
- Now you'll re-construct your point and tape it with double sided tape from the inside and the outside. Scotch double-sided tape is surprisingly strong and permanent.
You can just wear it has a hat if it fits well or punch holes in the sizes and tie it to your head. Tip: if you're punching holes, use re-enforcers so it won't rip!
Start to finish, it took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete my entire costume. We'll be sure to post photos of the completed looks tomorrow but until then, enjoy Halloween and don't eat too much candy!