Today’s project: how to make a giant pencil. It’s a perfect prop for back to school photos or teacher bulletin boards! (and it’s spoiler alert–it’s an easy DIY!)
This project wasn’t planned! My husband got some arrows in the mail that came in a big shipping tube. I thought it was a perfect giant pencil shape! I Whipped out the spray paint and a giant Pencil was created!
Supplies to make a Giant Pencil
- A shipping tube
- pink paint I used Coral Rustoleum Spray Paint
- yellow paint I used Marigold Rustoleum Spray Paint
- tan paper
- hot glue
- tin foil
How to make a giant pencil
I Sprayed the majority of the tube yellow and sprayed the top with the coral/pink color. We are going to cover the middle part with tin foil, so you don’t need to tape it off. Make sure to let dry and then turn to get all sides.
Using my awesome hot glue gun- I made glue gun stripes (trying to replicate the look of the pencil band.) Just 4 strips all the way around.
Take a piece of tin foil and double it over. I tried to keep it as smooth as I could and then hot glued that over the glue gun stripes. Press it smooth so the lines pop out.
The pencil point is a little tricky- you are going to make a cone shape. I found a great cone template here. I just pulled it a little tighter to make it fit on my tube and then hot glued it to stay together.
Then I just attached that cone piece to the shipping tube with more hot glue and colored in the point with a black sharpie.
I added a no 2 symbol with vinyl (but you could just draw it on with a sharpie!
The pencil is done and so darn cute! It’s perfect to pose with for back to school pictures!
I ended up putting it up on my big chalkboard as part of a back to school display- and so I HAD to make some pencil shavings!
Because I always get asked when I share them- the giant scissors are from spirit Halloween. They were a doll prop but I knew they would be perfect decoration for my craft room.
How to make Pencil Shavings
The Pencil shavings were an after thought- but I love them so much! Taking the same tan colored paper that I made the pencil tip with, I cut out a the cone shape again. Just snip off the tip and cut some scallops along the bottom.
Grab some yellow paint to match the pencil and just paint along the edge of the paper.
Added black along the tip.
After it dried I curled them up. Some are curled tight. Some are loose
I just used poster putty to stick up pencil and the pencil shavings!
You can also make a smaller pencil using a pringles can!