Pencil Hairclips

Step by step instrctions showing how to make your own recycled Pencil Hairclips, presented by Crafty Corner

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This is a very useful and funky way of upcycling all your old coloured pencils, giving you a practical and cool looking hairclip. Don't toss them in the bin - give your old pencils a second chance!

Completed hairclip

What you will need:

  • Old used pencils
  • A pencil sharpener
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Small hairclip
  • Strong, clear drying glue (eg. Bostik Clear or jewel glue)
  • Varnish

Make sure you have a clean and tidy workspace. Cover your workspace with plastic or brown paper.

Step 1

Choose the colours you would like in your hairclip and cut the pencils so they're about 5cm long.

Cut pencils

Step 2

Sharpen your pencils so they are all roughly the same length.

Sharpen pencils

Step 3

Line your pencils up in the order you think looks best, making sure that the pencil bottoms are in line.

Step 4

Apply glue in a straight line across all of the pencils, making sure to get right to the pencils on the end.

Apply glue

Step 5

Carefully place the hairclip on top of the glue and hold it in place until dry.

Hold clip

Step 6

Once the glue is completely dry, use your paintbrush to cover the pencils in varnish. Varnish them three or four times, making sure that the varnish dries between each coat.

Varnish pencils

Step 7

Once your varnish is completely dry, you can place the clip in your hair and go and impress your friends with your fun homemade accessory!

Completed clip

NOTE: New hairclips are available at most bead stores.

TIP: Use a quick drying glue to speed up the process