Starry Sky Pencils: A Fun Back-to-School Craft to Make Boring School Supplies More Fun!

It’s almost the end of summer and the start of a new school year. For most kids, this means back-to-school shopping for clothes and new school supplies! A lot of kids feel sad when the time comes to do back-to-school shopping, especially when it’s just for boring old school supplies, because it’s a reminder of how soon school starts. To lift your spirits, make this fun craft to turn a boring pencil into a cool space-themed one!

To start, gather all of these items:

  • A paintbrush
  • Yellow or white acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towel, newspaper or a garbage bag
  • Tape
  • A black permanent marker (optional)
  • A pencil

First, grab your pencil. The best kind of pencil to use for this craft is a white one or one that has a plastic layer with a design on it wrapped around the pencil. If you have one of those pencils, just peel off the plastic layer and there should be a plain white pencil underneath.


Now, cover up the ferrule (the metal bit on top of the pencil) with some tape. This is to protect it from paint and keep it nice and clean.

It should look like this:

Put a garbage bag, some paper towel, or newspaper down on the surface where you will be working. This is to keep your work surface clean.


Squirt your black paint into a container. It’s important to use acrylic paint because any other paint would flake off of the pencil.


When you have finished setting up, it’s time to start painting! Paint the whole pencil with black acrylic paint (excluding the eraser and the ferrule) then let it dry. When it is dry, do a second layer and let it dry again.

TIP: Hang it up by the tape on the end for drying.

Next, grab your yellow or white acrylic paint and your toothpicks. Dip the toothpick in the yellow or white paint. Grab a piece of paper and practice using the toothpick to write. It is harder than it looks! It takes practice, so don’t get discouraged. When you are good at it, use the toothpick to write your name or an inspirational message at the top of the pencil near the ferrule. When you are done the writing, start adding stars all over the pencil. We recommend doing about six to ten stars.


When you are happy with it, peel the tape off of the eraser and the ferrule. Sometimes a little bit of paint seeps through the tape, but don’t worry. The paint can be easily rubbed off.


If you would like, you can colour the ferrule with a black permanent marker, however, this is totally optional. If you like the way it looks how it is, then you can just leave it.


When you are finished, sharpen your pencil! It is all ready to use!



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