Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy 1st Day of School Pencils

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My boys and I made these candy pencils for their teachers, the Librarian, the music and PE teacher and their principal too.

Here's what you'll need for each Rolo Pencils:
1 pack of Rolos
1 Hershey Kiss (we used almond)
a strip of pink cardstock
a circle of pink cardstock
a strip of mirrored cardstock
hot glue, quick dry glue or redline tape
a paper crimper if you have one

I've included free printables for this project. Click here to download the free printable in PDF format, or scroll down for the file in jpg format. This printable fits 2 pencils on each page. Cut the paper down to 4 1/2" x 6" and run it through the paper crimper to add the texture. This really helps is look like a pencil. :)

Cut the metallic mirrored paper to 1/4" x 5" (you can also use aluminum foil for this part). This will be the metal crimp of the pencil that holds the eraser on. I used red line sticky tape for this paper. Cut a strip of pink cardstock to 1/2" x 5" and a pink cardstock circle with a 1" punch or diecutter.

First glue the Hershey Kiss to the Rolo pack with some hot glue. Add adhesive to the yellow cardstock layer. I used ATG tape and my two sons found this easy enough, all not all the labels were super straight. :) Make sure to align the "no. 2" pencil label with the end of the Rolos that don't have the Kiss on it. This will be the eraser end.

Next, we used ATG tape runner to add the pink strip to the eraser end and then added the pink circle to finish of the eraser. Try your best to put all the strip seams to the back of the pencil. 

Next, attach the mirrored strip over the eraser end.  Again, try to keep your seams to the back of the pencil. We did trim our paper strips to keep them hidden if we needed to.

See, doesn't it look like a pencil eraser? :)

So this is what your pencil will turn out like. We loved them so much that my two sons and I made a total of 12 of them to give to all the wonderful teachers in our lives. 

Here is your printable for this project if you'd like it.
Right click on the image to save it to your computer in jpg format, or 

Simply print the free file onto a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" yellow cardstock, cut to 4 1/2" x 6", run it through a paper crimper is you have it and attach it to your Rolos.

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Leah said...

Neat project. I had fun making the ones we did as well. Thanks for sharing.


Rosie said...

these are the cutest pencils

Heather said...

Cheryl! I love these! So cute, I bet your kids loved giving these as gifts!

Migdalia said...

Super Cute and Cool idea!TFS

Tracy said...

So cute Cheryl! :)


Shannon said...

Cheryl super cool gift for the teachers! Thanks for the free printable.

marg0006 said...

Wow, love this idea and thanks for the free download.

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Candace said...

cute! I have been seeing these all over, I like your take on this idea!!


CarolynG said...

Oh what a clever idea!! This is so cute I will have to make some with my kids for their teachers. Thanks so much for The step by step tutorial. It is much appreciated!!

Simply Sweet by Sharon said...

I so love how you personalized your "pencils" for your boys. The printing on them is fantastic. And how you ran them trough your crimper is just something I would of never thought of. You are so amazing when it comes to making a project even better. I wish my girls were not to old for this idea. They told me no. They are now in 7th and 9th grade. I might have to make some for my favorite teacher at the middle school it will make them happy.