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

Drill a hole through the middle of each colored pencil slice.Next, using a cordless drill or any drill that you’d like, choose a narrow drill bit and drill a hole through the middle of each colored pencil slice. Aim to use a bit no wider than the colored lead inside the pencil–otherwise, your aim is more likely to be off.

See how my husband is holding the drill in one hand and the colored pencil piece in the other hand, drilling into his palm, only a pair of gloves to protect his hand?


Ideally, use that clamp that your Papa gave you for Christmas, after he realized what a loose cannon you were around power tools. Handheld clamps will also work, as long as they’re grippy and won’t mar the paint on outside of the colored pencil.

Also, don’t aim the drill at your palm.

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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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