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School Crafts: Pencil Buddies

School Crafts: Pencil Buddies

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Poised for note taking, these posable writing buddies easily slip on and off a pencil top.


  • Embroidery floss
  • Craft wire
  • Wooden bead
  • Foam pencil grip
  • Pushpin
  • Permanent markers


Pencil Buddies - Step 1

1. Loosely wrap embroidery floss around your palm about a dozen times to create a coil of hair. Twist a 7 1/2-inch length of plastic-coated 22-gauge craft wire around the center of the hank.

Pencil Buddies - Step 2

2. Thread a 6- to 8-mm round wooden bead head onto the wire ends flush to the hair. For a body, use a foam pencil grip. Poke armholes in the foam with a pushpin or the end of a paper clip.

Pencil Buddies - Step 3

3. Thread the wire ends down into the pencil grip and out through the armholes.

4. String two 4-mm cylindrical wooden beads (about 1/2 inch long each) onto each arm wire and shape the wire tips into loops for hands.

Pencil Buddies - Step 5

5. Trim and style the hair as you like. Then draw on a face with fine-point permanent markers, and your completed character is ready to top a pencil.