How-to: Make Beads from Colored Pencils (You Get to Use Power Tools!)

Use the cut-off wheel on your Dremel to saw the colored pencilsThe process is actually very simple: using a Dremel with the cut-off wheel installed, or any type of saw with which you’re comfortable, first saw your colored pencils into pieces.

See how I’m working on the floor there, on my lap, with my bare feet and lack of sleeves and accompanying cat and using my prescription lenses as safety glasses?


This picture is the reason that my Papa gave me a bench clamp for Christmas. Well, that and the picture on the next page…you’ll see.

Try to make your cuts as straight as you can, but know that you can sand down any rough or crooked edges when you’re finished.

Next >> Drill your Pencil Pieces

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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