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It’s embarrassing how bad my writing has become! But the thing that weirdly helps me write more neatly is loving the utensil I use. Using a pretty pencil will magically transform my writing into precise, legible letters again.

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How to: Designer Wrapped Pencils

July 21, 2015

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My penmanship has gone down the tubes with all the non-stop typing on my computer and iPhone. I used to take pride in neat handwriting. It’s embarrassing how bad my writing has become! But the thing that weirdly helps me write more neatly is loving the utensil I use. Using a pretty pencil will magically transform my writing into precise, legible letters again. It’s as if I slow down and enjoy the writing experience more when it’s with a nice utensil. See below how I turned some average yellow number two pencils into little works of art. (And pssssttt…I created a template for you to download and print, so you don’t have to measure anything. Scroll to the bottom for it!)

WHAT YOU NEED

Brand new pencils

Mod Podge

Origami paper

Paint brush

Scissors

Sharpened pencil

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THE INSTRUCTIONS

1) Print out the pencil wrap template I made for you (see bottom of post!) You can use the template from the computer paper, or if you prefer, you can trace it onto cardboard and cut that out, to make a sturdier template to repeatedly work from.

2) Trace template onto your specialty paper.

3) Cut out paper.

4) Coat the piece of paper with a layer of Mod Podge using a paint brush.

5) Lay your new pencil down onto the coated paper and gently wrap the paper around the pencil. Smooth out any bumps. Add a litte more Mod Podge with your paint brush to the paper edge, so it lays flat.

6) Let dry.

7) Sharpen pencil and use!

 

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Get my template using the form below. This saves you from having to measure anything! Be sure to print this file at 100%. Do not print if the printer settings say, “scale to fit”. This will skew the measurements.

xo!Sarah

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  3. Kristy

    March 27th, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    The template is too short 🙁 I love this idea though.

  4. SJ

    March 30th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Make sure you are printing at 100%!! If your printer values are off it can print the wrong size.

  5. SJ

    March 30th, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Make sure you are printing at 100%!! If your printer values are off it can print the wrong size.

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    October 14th, 2016 at 3:05 am

    I love this idea, it would work well with pencil flower boquets

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  12. Arnold

    June 27th, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Hi Sarah. This is a nice article. Please advise me. I wish to acquire a machine that prints on pencils in bulk for daycare schools.
    But when in google i only find machines that print only one colour. Are there machines that print on pencils directly or this is how most pencils(like the ones with disney pictures) are branded.

  13. Connie

    July 4th, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This looks like a easy great project! Do you think it would work with wrapping paper? The origami paper comes in 6×6 squares and wouldn’t be long enough for a pencil.

  14. Andrea

    December 27th, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I’m curious if you’d tried this with wrapping paper yet! I found some origami paper that is big enough, but it’s expensive and the options are very limited!

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  16. Jessie

    February 27th, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Hi there, I got all of my supplies ready and printed the template but the template is far to short to wrap the pencils I purchased. I bought standard HB 2 pencils. What would you suggest I do? Longate the template by hand? Or perhaps I’ve done something wrong print wise. Please let me know your thoughts, I really want to work on this project. Thank you so much!

  17. Jessie

    February 27th, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Hi again, after reading other comments on the template about printer issues. I tried the suggestion of changing the settings to 100% but I am still to short both around width and length. I adjusted to 200% (way to big), and 150% is a touch to long and it is to wide. I don’t have an option to do 125%. Can someone please measure their working template and tell me the width and length measurements and I will create my template from those. Thank you so much!

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