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

colored pencil beadsYour colored pencil beads can be used just as you would any other bead in your stash. I love to combine them with glass beads, since I think that glass and wood work well together. They look nice strung on any type of cording, and unless you often hike in downpours, there’s no need to seal the cut wood edges of the beads.

Children especially like to craft with colored pencil beads. My daughters wear their colored pencil bead necklaces strung on elastic cording, with matching bracelets. I also gave colored pencil bead kits to my tween girl cousins for Christmas, containing twelve colors of colored pencil beads, sorted by color, and a good length of invisible elastic cording.

They were all wearing matching colored pencil necklaces and bracelets by the time we sat down to Christmas dinner.

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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