Kid’s Craft: Pencil Beads

Kid’s Craft: Pencil Beads

These fun, one-of-a-kind beads are the perfect accents to a handmade gift.

By: Heather Mann

Sometimes, it’s hard to not find some sort of school supply in every room. But instead of tossing colored pencils out, why not transform them into unique, colorful beads?

This kid-friendly activity is perfect to introduce your children to crafting and also helps reduce throwing out school supplies. You might even find yourself buying colored pencils just to make the beads!

Scrap wood board
Drill and small drill bit
Fine-toothed hacksaw
Fine-grit sandpaper
Jewelry beads or charms



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  1. Hold pencil firmly against scrap wood then drill perpendicularly through shaft
  2. Saw pencil into pieces so drill holes are centered on the new bead
  3. Cut pencil into portioned lengths appropriate for bead size

Tip: Wear safety goggles and heavy-duty gloves when sawing. Kids can help decorate, but making the beads themselves should be left to the adults.

  1. Rub bead edges along sandpaper until smooth
  2. Repeat steps 1-3 to create more beads
  3. Use pencil beads as spacers for more extravagant beads

Tip: Necklace chains are usually 18 inches in length, and bracelet chains are 7 1/2 to 8 inches long.

Heather Mann of Dollar Store Crafts specializes in transforming inexpensive materials into stylish craft projects.

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