DIY Tree Ornaments from Pencil Crayons
And this time was no exception.
Bulk buys like this always get my creative juices flowing, and almost anything that you can cut into random lengths can be made into a tree of some kind.
I found this large bag of pencil crayons recently for just $2.
I’m always attracted by color, and I saw this bag a mile away.
It pretty much contains every color under the sun, so I pulled a few colors that I thought would be fun.
I cut some tree trunk pieces from a brown pencil crayon using my miter box and saw.
I made them about 3/4″ long.
Then I cut random lengths of colorful pencil crayons, and I grabbed a little plastic pencil sharpener from my desk.
I sharpened the ends to get different lengths.
You could do straight cuts, but I thought that sharpened ends added extra interest.
And, bonus, when you sharpen the ends you don’t have to worry if your cuts are messy or not.
I just mixed up the colors in a way that I liked.
When I got to the really short pencil crayons I had to hold onto them with pliers and turn the sharpener instead of turning the pencil crayon.
Once I had all my pencil crayons sharpened I dulled the tips a bit on a pad of paper.
Some of the tips were super sharp.
I used my glue gun to attach two brown pieces for a tree trunk at the bottom of a popsicle stick.
Then I glued my pencil crayons making my way up.
Now I just needed to find something for the tops of the trees.
I cut the tops off the popsicle sticks with scissors.
Also, I ran hot glue down each side of the popsicle sticks to give the trees more stability.
Then I went into my stash of vintage plastic Christmas tree light reflectors and found these stars.
They were the perfect size.
I glued them on with my glue gun and added some faux pearls to the centers.
And I glued some jute twine on as hangers.
I love jute twine for any kind of ornament.
These are so colorful and fun. I think the star light reflectors give them a a retro vibe, which I love.
You could change the look by adding different toppers like buttons, bows, or whatever little doodads you have.
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…