How to Repurpose Colored Pencils into Colorful Accessories
We were so inspired by our back to school pencils project a couple weeks ago that we decided to take it to the next level. The colored pencil level. Here are 4 playful accessories perfect for artsy types, students, teachers, and anyone who likes to add a little color and nostalgia to their jewelry box.
– colored pencils
– sand paper
– drill with tiny drill bit
– hand saw
– ring pads
– jewelry wire
If you don’t have an old box of colored pencils lying around, you can easily find them at a local craft store, pharmacy or on Amazon. Best of all, most of these projects leave the majority of your pencils in tact for use later on.
1. Pencil Ring
This one actually happens to be useful too!
Simply cut off 2-inch length of pencil (with a sharpened end). Sand down the sawed off end so it’s smooth. Use a ring pad and curve it with needle nose pliers, creating the perfect setting for your pencil. Use a multipurpose adhesive to glue, and you’re all set!
2. Flower Pencil Ring
Our second ring is great for those teeny tiny colored pencils you’ve got kicking around the craft drawer.
Cut off a few ends (7 work best), sand so that they’re smooth.
Glue together on wax paper using wood glue and let set overnight. Once the glue has set, sand off any excess glue so that you have a smooth pencil flower. Glue onto a ring pad and you’re done!
3. Pencil Pendant
For our pencil pendant, we did the same sawing technique as for the flower pencil ring.
Saw off pieces of pencil about1 1/4 inch thick. Sand down so that they’re smooth.
Take one of the ends and drill a small hole in it. String wire through and make a loop it so it’s easy to attach chain.
Glue together and let set overnight, as with the flower pencil. Sand excess glue off once it has set. String a chain through the loop you created, and you’ve got a gorgeous little piece.
4. Hanging Pencil Necklace
Last, we’ve got a necklace that is perfect for folks who like to write things down.
Select three colors you like, and cut them down using a saw. Sharpen so that the pencils are functional, and drill at the top of each pencil. String a chain right through and you’ve got writing utensils whenever you need ’em.
And there you have it! A whole collection of accessories that play to your inner coloring book artist.
How do you make use of old crafting materials? We’d love to see and try out some of your projects. Talk to us in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)