Here is another DIY from our Fairy theme: a Fairy Pencil.

I would say that about 80 to 90 percent of the activities we do in my classes are for things that our students can actually use when done. So as I was thinking about this whole Fairy theme, I knew that I wanted them to make a fairy and the challenge became how to make one that you can actually use, more than once.

The idea started to solidify when I went to the Dollar Tree and saw the pencils. I walked into another 99 cent store and saw the faux petals and I knew almost right away. When I got back home I started experimenting on how to combine everything, and it came together relatively quickly from there.

I used a similar process as I did to make the Flower Pencils except this time, the flowers are adhered in the opposite direction.

Supplies: faux flower petals, set of wing cutout, fine glitter, wooden bead, pencil, water & glue mixture, orange and black markers, hot glue gun, paint brush, metal clippers, flat nose pliers, painters tape

Roll on its itself a piece of painter’s tape to create a double sided tape effect. Adhere the butterfly to a paper plate or a scrap piece of paper and paint with the glue and water mixture.

Sprinkle the glitter over the wing surface.

Set the wings aside to dry. Once it has dried, repeat the process on the other side of the wings and allow to set.

Next, draw in the hair on the wooden bead. For this fairy, I kinda like the idea of having her hair pulled back. To draw the features, draw them so that the bead holes are vertical.

Then its the eyes.

I didn’t really see the need to draw in the mouth but you can if you want.

If you are using a pencil without an attached eraser, continue with the following steps. If you have a pencil that does have an attached eraser, use the instructions from the Pencil Flower DIY. To attach the fairy dress, add a dab of glue near the top edge of the pencil.

Place the first petal over the glue and press firmly.

Apply the next petal. I find it easier to apply the second petal about 180 degrees from the first one. Or you can look at it this way: most pencils have six sides. Initially attach the petals to the flat sides so the first petal goes on the first side and the second goes on the fourth side. And the rest of the petals can be attached alternating between the sides.

Almost done. Just a coupla more steps to go.

This is what it should look like from the bottom.

Add a dab of glue to the top of the pencil.

Attach the head and hold it in place until the glue sets.

To attach the wings, add a dab of glue to the back of the fairy, just below the head.

Press the wings over the glue and press until set.

Fairy petal all done.

The only step left is to sharpen the pencil and start using it.

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