Hello, Pencil People!
This is Esther here to share with you a craft activity we had fun with during our respective quarantines: making a pencil cup! This is a great opportunity to give new life to something you might have just thrown in the recycling– all it needs to do is be able to hold some pencils.
We all ended up choosing different kinds of containers and decorating methods, which shows that there are plenty of ways to do this– no wrong answers in pencil cup crafting!
Take a look at our processes and results below:
Julianne decided to up-cycle a can of tomatoes... soon to be a can of pencils! First, she drew a spiffy little pattern on paper, cut it out, and then she wrapped her decorated paper around the can, using tape to stick it down... et voilà!
This is perfect for anyone who may not be overflowing in fancy crafting materials, but has all the basics: paper, drawing tools, tape, scissors/paper cutter and of course, a container. Actually, all of our methods were pretty simple, as you'll see!
We think Julianne's end result is plenty snazzy– don't you? Pro-tip for those who have a ton of pencils and nowhere to put them: Use a can to collect them all!
Alyx chose what was previously a spice jar as her pencil vessel, and for her tools, a favorite of so many artists out there: the beloved POSCA marker! These paint markers contain a water-based acrylic paint and mark on all kinds of surfaces. If used on a nonporous surface, like Alyx's glass jar, just know that if you scratch at it, it can come off. Let's take a look at all the sides!
Joining her drawings of a pencil point and its end are a tiny forest of eraser caps– how cute!
One last side to reveal, and it's another eraser-tipped pencil end! The humble spice jar lives on as a nice statement pencil cup, with its interesting shape and limited space to hold a select amount of pencils.
I used a jam jar that was sitting on my kitchen counter for literal weeks. It was basically waiting for this moment to arrive! My only decorating tools were washi tape and stickers– I'm sure they were happy to see some use after having been abandoned following the holidays. Washi tape's amazing because it combines style and function into one perfect tool: decorative adhesive!
I alternated two different washi tapes to create a base pattern, and then stuck a ton of washi stickers (from our very own sticker room!) all over that surface. I'm actually using my pencil jar now, so I guess this gave me a chance to make something I apparently needed. It holds approximately 40 pencils of varying sizes... not too shabby!
And here's Caroline's! She cleaned out a candle jar, which she decorated with an assortment of foreign stamps. For the stamps without an adhesive backing, she used a glue stick (Coccoina, also found in our sticker room!) to paste them down.
How cool! Gotta love the Miffy stamp– a classic!
Caroline left a little space to add more stamps later. Since they're foreign stamps and can't be used for mailing here in the States, this is a fun way to enjoy and showcase them!
We hope you enjoyed following along on our craft adventure and that it spurs you to make a pencil cup of your own. I'm sure there will be more quarantine crafts to come, so until next time, take care of yourselves and stay crafty~