It’s pretty boring to go to school at home. No friends around, no banter, no giggles, no fun! But you can always try and make your own fun. And that is exactly what we did here by making some super cute DIY pompom pencil toppers. Not only did the finished pencils make us happy and brighten our desks but they were so fun to make too.
We also decided to add in some colour blocking for a bit more cheer. My daughter Anya made a load in different colours that are all being used for her school work. I (typically) went for more muted colours although I did add in a bright mustard one as this craft is for everyone from 3 – 100 years.
The colours you choose are entirely up to you – bold, bright, pastel, neutrals – anything goes! In fact Anya made a rainbow coloured one in honour of the NHS.
DIY pompom pencil toppers
In case you can’t get plain wooden pencils, use whatever pencils you have at home. If they are already painted, you’ll need to sand them down first before painting.
1. Pick your acrylic colours – the choice is yours.
2. Use washi tape to mask off your pencil in the middle and paint one half of it. You can do two colour blocking like mine or you can do 3 colours. You can also try an ombre effect or you can even go for a rainbow look like Anya did. Just make sure your paint is absolutely dry before removing the washi tape/adding more tape to paint the next block. Do two coats on each colour block.
3. While your pencils are drying, make you pom pom. There’s a short video below which includes showing you how to make pompoms using a pom pom maker.
4. Hot glue the pom pom to the top of your pencils and you’re done.
Here’s a short video of the making of the pompom pencils:
Apart from how cute these pencils look, there is something so calming about making pompoms. And once made, they feel so soft to touch.
I love having these on my desk but they make great gifts too. Anya has made a bunch of these as little gifts for her friends, once she’s able to see them again.
We made these pencils to cheer up our desks at home for now. And for the enjoyment of making them. But once lockdown is over these cute pom pom pencils will make fun party bag gifts or little best friend gifts like Anya has done. If you’ve got a super steady hand, you can even personalise them with names.