Learn how to make a beaded pencil topper that will help you stay ahead of the rest of the class.
What You'll Need:
Paper egg carton
12 inches copper craft wire, 20 gauge
4 inches white craft wire, 20 gauge
Chenille stems: white, silver
Small pink sparkle pom
Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
Black permanent marker
Colored plastic tape
Note: Adult help needed
- For each pencil topper, cut two egg cups from the egg carton. Trim the edges neatly.
- Bend the end of the copper wire into a loop. Ask a grown-up to help you glue the loop just inside the edge of one cup using a glue gun and glue sticks. (This is where the "neck" of the animal will be.) Let dry.
- For rabbit: Cut a white chenille stem in half, and bend each half to form an ear. Hot-glue the ears onto the top edge of the cup, opposite the wire loop. For dog: Cut the bottom off another egg cup. Hot-glue this piece to the bottom of the cup with the wire in it. For cat: Proceed to step 4.
- For all animals, hot-glue the open ends of the two cups together to make an egg shape. Let dry. Coil the wire around a pencil to hold the head still.
- Mold paper clay to add ears and noses. Follow the package directions to dry the clay. Glue the ears and noses in place; let dry.
- Paint the head and paper clay ears. Let dry. Glue wiggle eyes in place using craft glue. Cut white wire or chenille stems for whiskers; glue in place. Draw a mouth and other facial details with black marker. (For the rabbit, cut a silver chenille stem into six pieces, and glue into place to make whiskers. Glue a pink pom on top for a nose.)
- Make sure the wire is wrapped tightly around the pencil, and cover the bottom of the wire with plastic tape.