How to Make a Twig Pencil

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Making rustic pencils from twigs found around the yard or on a walk is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. The differences in bark, size, and formation cause each pencil you create to be unique. The idea is simple enough for kids to grasp, though they will need supervision when using pruning shears, drills and knives. Whether you're creating the pencils for your own use or for a friend, the end product is sure to delight.

Things You'll Need

  • Twig
  • Pruning shears
  • Clamp
  • Nail
  • Drill with 3/32-inch bit
  • Glue
  • 2mm drafting lead
  • Craft knife
  • Take the drill bit and pruning shears and go for a walk. Find a twig with a large enough diameter that you'll be able to drill a hole in one end. Clip your chosen twig with the shears to the size you want your pencil to be.

  • Lay the twig on a work surface and secure it with the clamp. Indent the center of the twig with the nail.

  • Drill into the twig, using the nail indentation as a starting point. Drill slowly and carefully, making a hole through the center of the stick to a depth of about 1 inch. Remove the drill from the hole and discard wood shavings as necessary to continue progress.

  • Apply glue to the shaft of the lead. Twist it into the hole and snap off any excess lead that protrudes from the twig. Allow the glue to fully dry, at least overnight.

  • Shave the end of the twig with a craft knife, rotating to fully expose the lead, to sharpen the pencil.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only use solid, bug-free wood.

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