School kids do not want ordinary gold colored number two pencils. They want writing instruments in colors and designs that reflect their personal preferences, personality and style. They are readily available in stores that sell office supplies, but they cost more than the regular graphite writing instruments. It is not easy to find specific hues, patterns and themes. Have fun decorating plain varieties instead of searching for certain styles and paying exorbitant prices. They are easy to decorate using surprisingly simple and affordable methods and materials.
Design Simple Flowers with Dots of Nail Enamel
Acrylic craft paint can be used to decorate ordinary gold pencils, but it will not last. With regular use, it will quickly wear away. It might even chip off since the original paint includes a slick finish. Nail enamel is the best choice for decorating pencils. It is available in every color imaginable, and some include flecks of glitter.
Design simple flowers using dots of polish. Add one to create a center, and decorate around it with smaller dots to create petals. The blooms will look like daisies. If desired, use green nail enamel or a fine-tip permanent marker to add stems and foliage. Hang them from a file clip to dry, and add clear coat to help preserve the designs.
Wrap Ordinary Pencils with Decorative Tape
One of the most impressive ways to decorate plain gold pencils is also the easiest. Buy rolls of Washi tape in colors and designs of your choice. It is Japanese masking tape that has many decorative purposes. A single pencil can be wrapped with multiple styles. If you become bored with the colors and designs, simply remove the tape and redecorate.
Make Pencil Toppers with Chenille Stems
Chenille steams, a.k.a. pipe cleaners, make fantastic toppers for basic pencils. Decorate them using one of the aforementioned options, and complete them with chenille toppers that have been twisted and formed into a variety of shapes. Create curls by wrapping them around another pencil or a finger, or create heart shapes. Glittery chenille stems are especially eye-catching, and they can turn plain gold number two writing instruments into usable works of art.
Cover Them with Colorful Paper
As the photo illustrates, plain wooden pencils can also be jazzed up with paper. Select scrapbook paper, gift wrap or magazine pages. Cut them to size, and apply a thin layer of craft glue before tightly rolling them around the pencils. Allow the glue to dry completely before use. They will look completely original, and like the others, they can be sharpened and used again and again.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience