Learn how to make these fun pom pom pencils for kids! These are great if you are looking for easy craft ideas for back to school time.
It was back to school time for our kids a couple of weeks ago, so we had to do that tortuous scavenger hunt also known as school supply shopping. My kids both needed new backpacks, so I decided to take them with me so they could pick them out.
The other moms were just as exasperated as I was, I could see it in their eyes. The finish line was so close and all we needed to do was buy 48 crayons, 6 dry erase markers, and 152 pencils.
I had to be laser focused weaving in and out of the too small aisles, blocking the barrage of Ninja Turtle folders and superhero notebooks my kids were trying to sneak into the cart, and hunting on the back, bottom shelf for the Crayola washable 12 pack of markers that every other family was also hunting for.
I survived with my sanity mostly intact, but there was one thing I realized from our adventures in stationery. My kids wanted to express themselves through their school supplies. Instead of going the overpriced route, we decided to figure out how to make a pom pom pencil at home.
Pom Pom Pencils
- Plastic eyes (optional)
- Pipe cleaners
- Hot glue
Start with your pom pom. You can use store-bought, but homemade pom poms are super simple. Check out this tutorial on two different ways to make yarn pom poms at home.
Once you make your pom pom, you can leave it plain or add fun features. A couple stayed plain and added the plastic googly eyes to a couple to make monsters.
I wanted to make sure my kids could still get to the eraser on the pencil when needed, so we used pipe cleaners to attach to the pencil. Take a pipe cleaner and wrap it around your pencil until you get a spring shape.
Remove it from the pencil and hot glue one end to the pom pom. Hold it until the glue starts to dry. Now you can slide the pom pom on and off when needed.
I love the way they turned out. They add a little whimsy to my kids’ school supplies. Who knows—now that we’ve crossed the start of a new school year finish line, I might even make a couple pom pom pencil toppers for myself!
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