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DIY Polka Dot Pencils

DIY Polka Dot Pencils

I. Love. These. Pencils. I want to make them for everyone and run through the streets passing them out like candy. Seriously. They’re also pretty fun to make, so if there’s someone on your list who would love these little babies (a coworker, perhaps?), let’s get down to business. You’ll need:

Start by masking the eraser and metal ring at the top of your pencils.

DIY Polka Dot Pencils

Next, spray paint your pencils. It may take a couple of coats to cover the No. 2 stamp.

DIY Polka Dot Pencils

Finally, use your Sharpie paint pens to make tiny dots up and down each ridge of the pencil! It seems like it would take forever, but once you get a rhythm it goes really quickly.

DIY Polka Dot Pencils

Bundle them up and you’re done! Make it and give it. xoxo

DIY Polka Dot Pencils

DIY Polka Dot Pencils

DIY Polka Dot Pencils


  1. adorable!! what a perfect stocking stuffer!

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Laura! They may or may not be going in a bunch of stockings around these parts on Christmas Eve. 😉

  2. Amanda on said:

    These are beautiful! What a smart handmade idea!

  3. Elaine Costa on said:

    Love this!

  4. This is such a great idea!! So simple and inexpensive but soo cute!!!

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Aileen! Yeah, the low-cost factor is always one of my favorite things about a project! I had the spraypaint laying around, and the pencils were 16 for $1. Can’t beat that!

  5. Kryn on said:

    Every time I read your blog, I am reminded that you are a genius.

    • chelsea on said:

      Haha, stop it! You’ll make me conceited. 😉

  6. Yelle on said:

    Si simple and so cute! I could totally see myself doing this for the girls in my office because everyone loves cute pencils!

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Yelle! I’d love to see the finished product if you make them.

  7. Shoko on said:

    i must make these, stat.

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  9. Wendy on said:

    So cute. Just wondering if you have tried sharpening them. I hate when pencils don’t sharpen properly–like the ones with plastic film on the outside. It’s even worse when they jam the pencil sharpener. I would like to make some of these, but I want them to work well in my pencil sharpener.

    • chelsea on said:

      Yep, I’ve got mine all sharpened up and am using them regularly! Should be great.

  10. Lori on said:

    Too sweet!

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  12. Evelyn on said:

    I was wondering what brand spray paint did you use? Thanks!

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  14. Joanne on said:

    wow this are adorable! may I ask where that white and gold twisted thread from?

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Joanne! It’s from a package of metallic baker’s twine that I found at Michael’s. It comes with a few colors (silver, bronze, gold, and one more that I can’t remember!). You should be able to find something similar at most craft stores, probably in the beading section.

  15. What a great idea! So simple and yet such a delightful way to give pencils a little character 🙂

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  17. Anna M. on said:

    I used to paint pencils a lot, but I never thought to cover the top with tape.

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