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Time For Crafts: School Supplies

You don’t have to wait for back to school time to do school supply crafts. Here are two crafts that encourage teens to infuse their personal style into their school supplies.

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Personalized Pencils

Budget: $13/20 teens

Supplies Needed:

  • Eraser clay
  • Pencils
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Metallic Sharpies/regular Sharpies
  • Tape
  • Styrofoam
  • Oven (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Measure the eraser topper by molding the clay around the pencil’s eraser. Once you get the initial mold, remove it so it can be designed. Set aside for Step 2.
  2. Tape the metal part of the pencil to avoid getting paint on it.
  3. Paint the pencil and set it aside to dry. Put them in front of a fan to advance the drying process.
    1. You can sharpen the pencils and stick them in styrofoam to dry upright
  4. While the pencil is drying, begin designing the eraser.
  5. After about 5 minutes, check to see if pencil is dry and add another coat of paint. Set it back to dry. Continue to do this until the desired color is achieved.
  6. When eraser is complete, put it in the oven to bake-follow the instructions on the box.
    1. If you don’t have an oven or don’t have time to bake them, teens can take their eraser home to bake. Simply give them instructions. The clay will not dry out during transport
  7. You don’t have to make a pencil topper. Teens can make a normal eraser and paint a pencil as separate projects.

Pencil Case

Budget: About $35/About 10 teens. (Depends on the supplies you already have)

Supplies Needed:

  • Clear sewable vinyl I purchased my vinyl at Walmart because I like to feel the fabric before I buy. You can buy vinyl for sewing at any fabric store.
  • Hand soap- I used baby oil which was a bad idea; don’t do that because it’s greasy. You can probably use colored hand soap-experiment.
  • Glitter
  • Gems
  • Zippers
  • Parchment paper
  • An iron
  • Needle and thread

Instructions:

I watched this Youtube video to learn how to make it. It would be easier for you to watch it than for me to give you steps.

Tips:

  1. The pencil case is an advanced craft for older teens or adults because of the ironing and the sewing. I’d suggest doing this with 8th grade and up.
  2. After you have ironed all the sides of the vinyl; pour in some soap and make sure all the sides are sealed before you really get going.
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YA Librarian. Lover of Sherlock. And all Things Harry Potter.

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