DIY Washi Tape Pencils

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DIY Washi Tape Pencils - Simple, easy, and fun instructions |

Last Christmas, my mom had put ‘cute pencils’ on her wish list. (This was mostly for the younger boys). Honestly, I didn’t think that was a difficult request at all. I had bought some a while before that were super cute and if I remembered correctly, they weren’t expensive either.

So I took my 11-year-old brother at the time, shopping. We went from one store to the next to the next and I we couldn’t find any ‘cute’ pencils, anywhere. As a last-minute endeavor, we stopped over at Michael’s, and I remembered washi tape. Then it all hit me. We can make our own!

We bought the tape and picked up a couple of packs of pencils in the $1 area in Michael’s, came home and made the pencils. It was fun!

(Honestly, I don’t know why we couldn’t find any nice looking pencils, because I’m seeing them all over now…perhaps, it’s because school supplies are in high demand?)

DIY Washi Tape Pencils

Buy a pack of $1 pencils and make them beautiful with washi tape! |

I like picking up cheap pencils, because why buy something expensive if you’re going to just cover it up, right? Anyways, I picked up the pencils (pictured above) at a local Dollar Store, but you can also pick some up at a Michael’s in their $1 section. I suggest getting them at Michael’s, because they have gentler colors and nicer erasers. This was more of a trial run with Dollar Store.

Did you know you could use those old tape dispensers for your washi tape? |

I have seen a lot of washi tape uses, so I knew that there were some really great designs, but I wasn’t prepared to walk down the aisle. I wanted every.single.roll.of.washi.tape. It is a good thing that I have some good restraint on my wallet and was able to only walked out with two different designs. (I didn’t say that I didn’t go back another day).

Measure the length of the pencil and cut a piece of washi tape |

Pick the tape design you want and let’s get started!

lace the tape on the pencil - make sure the pencil is in the center of the tape |

I place the tape in the center of the pencil, because it is much easier to make sure all the wrinkles are out and that the tape stays straight. I didn’t get it to be perfect on the first try, so don’t be upset if you can’t get it on the first attempt, either.

Press down the tape - one side at a time |

Once I have pressed the center of the tape down onto the pencil from top to bottom, I work on pressing down the sides of the tape, one side at a time. Be sure that the tape is down tightly and without any wrinkles.

There is a gap, so cut another piece of tape |

With the standard size washi tape, you won’t be able to get the whole pencil covered with one strip of tape, so you’ll have to cut another one.

Add the 2nd strip of tape |

Same as the steps before…just add the second piece of tape.

Press down on the sides making sure it a firm stick |

Press down on all the sides to make sure it is completely stuck to the pencil.

Simple as that!

Now, if you don’t have any washi tape, all you have to do is get a roll or two and the possibilities will be endless!

These washi tape pencils would make some really great gifts for friends or family. Or you can make your plain ol’ pencils around the house pretty. Just something to try.

(I might be writing another washi-inspired tape post in the future, so stay tuned!)

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  1. Any problem with the tape and sharpening?

  2. I did that with one of my pencils a few months ago only I wound the washi tape kind of like a candy cane stripe around the pencil. It turned out well.

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