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tomatofreak
Phoenix, AZ

January 21, 2010
12:27 AM

Post #7480526

I must have dozens of pencils and I'm trying to think of something I can do with them. Most of them have never been sharpened. Before I bundle 'em up and give 'em all to the Goodwill, can you think of a crafty thing I might make?
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

January 21, 2010
5:46 AM

Post #7481187

Cover up the frame to an old school picture or diploma? Hot glue would do it.
daphan
Aransas Pass, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2010
4:21 PM

Post #7481949

I have made coasters with them.
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

January 21, 2010
5:16 PM

Post #7482110

Why not give them to your local school, kids are always needing pencils.
tomatofreak
Phoenix, AZ

January 21, 2010
7:21 PM

Post #7482472

Did that already! I thought I'd save some for myself to try something fun. Daphan, how did you make the coasters?
Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 21, 2010
8:09 PM

Post #7482636

I have used them to disguise a glass jar for a vase. Just use a couple rubber bands to hold them around the jar and you have an instant vase for flowers. Works with pencils, twigs, leaves, wheat stems or...

Great for back to school, off to college, aspiring writer, kids of any age, or just a fun thing to do.

I gave the pencil vase to a young girl who was in the hospital room next to my Dad several years ago. She was from a foster home and had very few visitors (3 in 2 weeks). On my next visit I took her a thick tablet of unlined paper and a pencil sharpener :~) From her smiles you would have thought that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy had come all at once! It made her week and gave me a feeling of joy that still comes back when I think of her.
daphan
Aransas Pass, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 19, 2010
5:14 PM

Post #7571863

Sorry Tomato freak, I have our 3 yr.old grandson indefinetly and have not been on the computer much. I just hot glued them side by side. Of course you need to cut them to the size you want and you could paint them before gluing. Could leave them without cutting and make hot pads, for the table. Glue themtogether and make a pencil box no lid. just to drop pens and pencils in. Have fun!!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2010
7:18 PM

Post #7685455

Here you go! Something to do with pencils...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1085906/

Gita
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2010
10:17 PM

Post #7685805

Gita, your link took us to Midatlantic gardening. Since I had a bunch of time, I googled around and found these things made with pencils:

http://www.jennifermaestre.com/ - an artist that likes to use pencils!
A fence/gate for a doll house: http://www.monster-munch.com/images/PencilFence.jpg
As a canvas: http://break4fun.zarke.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/pencil-art-01.jpg
For a tiny easel: http://larryfire.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/pencil-iphone-stand1.jpg
For a bench:
http://dustbowl.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/pencil-bench4l.jpg?w=220&h=277
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.blog.simonewalsh.com/wp-

http://www.regruntled.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/72-pencils-cmyk.jpg

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2010
6:13 AM

Post #7686156

Juney--ODD! How did THAT link get there?

Here, click on this link...I just googled "pencil sculptures art"...
There are more of all these in the World---I have gotten them as forwards a few times...

http://hubpages.com/hub/Fantastic_Pencil_Sculptures

Gita
tomatofreak
Phoenix, AZ

April 8, 2010
11:18 AM

Post #7689607

OMG, that's astonishing! Not in my wildest fantasy do I see myself making something like that. I think the picture frame or the coasters are about my speed. :-)
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

April 9, 2010
9:59 AM

Post #7692092

Gitagal - thanks so much for the link!!!!!! No - I am not about to embark on such as this, but the gift of seeing it is much appreciated. I wonder if anyone else cringed, as I did, to think about what would happen if a lead was broken??? So often, after you think you have sharped a pencil just right, the point and some of the rest of it just gives way. Arggghhh!
Bubbybushbunny
Hubbard, OH

May 11, 2010
8:31 AM

Post #7783267

And I thought I was creative! Jeepers! Pencil sculptures? I think it's now safe to say that I've seen everything. Maybe you could build a birdhouse with pencils and glue them on? How about gluing them with all the eraser ends facing the center of a wooden circle, then cut some in half and glue them on the inside of that--make a few layers. Then paint the whole thing. Suspend it on a wire in your garden or put some little legs beneath it and use it as a little plant stand.

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