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Decorated Pencils

The secret to overcoming writer's block is a pencil so marvelous that you can't help but pick it up and start scribbling.




To create one, a kid winds extra-thin tape around a plain pencil, paints it, and then unwraps the tape. Each design has a personality all its own: A pencil with parallel stripes, for instance, makes math homework fun, while dreamy blue spirals are lovely for writing secrets in a journal.

Tip: Natural-color cedar pencils work well. Kids can make different styles by varying tape size, wrapping tape in different ways, and painting alternating colors between bands.


  • 1/16- to 1/8-inch-wide skinny masking tape
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Plain pencils


  1. Step 1

    Begin by wrapping tape around pencil; try a candy-cane design, or wrap in individual circles for parallel lines.

  2. Step 2


    Paint over whole pencil generously with acrylic paint. When paint is dry, remove tape.

Martha Stewart Kids, 2002



Reviews (4)

  • bruce324 1 Sep, 2013

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  • BretSipla 20 Jun, 2013

    Do get such attractive pencils for your kids,that would surely create an interest in them to study ,and even you can encourage them for making drawing ,doing their math home work,creating shapes and many more.
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  • Arcrafts 29 Mar, 2013

    Awesome !!!

  • Arcrafts 29 Mar, 2013