Where on earth have I been? I decided to take most of the summer easy and to be around for my children. Our summer was full of a bunch of lazy days and quite a bit of party planning. I am so ready and motivated for so many goals in the next few months that I can’t wait to launch. One being the launch of my Children’s Shop, Trendy Tots Couture that will be opening online and offering all our favorites products once more. I know I have mentioned it for a few months but it is so close to being ready and a lot of work and big plans has gone into it!
Since I am now getting back to my blog again I thought I would start off with a really good, totally simple tutorial that I came up with DIY: Tassel Pencils. My daughter Alliya and I made these for back to school. They’re pretty simple I think anyone can do it, its real kid friendly as well.
What you will need:
Pack of Pencils
Small paint brush
a Little Dish
You can really get away with any pack of pencils, but the round smooth pencils are easier to keep smooth with the glue and tissue paper..
I tried to find tissue paper with a smaller scale of a pattern. Since you will only see a little bit of the pattern wrapped around the pencil. The small polka dot was perfect!
Cut the tissue paper into appx: 9 x 10 inch squares. Of course you will trim a bit at the end.
Take the scissors and cut a fringe all the way across the top. Appx 1 inch cuts (there is the start of your tassel)
This is where it gets good, put a big drop of glue on your dish and…
… lay the pencil on the tissue paper. Make sure the pencil is about 1/2 inch from the cuts for the tassel since you need a space to twist the top at the end.
Gently paint the glue on the tissue paper and roll the pencil. Repeat this step a few times until the pencil has been covered about three times. So you can’t see the pencil color or writing on it when it is dried.
Then you trim the extra tissue paper off and seal the seam with the glue brush. Then put a little bit of glue at the top of the pencil (eraser end) and twist the tassels together.
It is almost done, just do a quick check to see if there are any seams that need to be sealed and to trim the bottom part of the pencil. Plus the tassel pencils sharpen very well in case you were wondering.
There you go a Tassel Pencil, now go make loads of them.