Friday, September 4, 2009

Project Day: Vintage Tablecloth Pencils






Pencils can be so boring sometimes. Here's what you can do to change it. You will need:
  • Vintage fabric scraps cut into thin strips (I used a scrap from a vintage tablecloth).
  • Lead pencils (round ones work best).
  • Craft glue.
Cover each lead pencil with a coating of glue (spray adhesive works best I found). Hold the pencil by the lead end. Starting at the bottom end of the pencil start attaching your fabric strips by winding them around and around making sure the glue is holding it in place. Doesn't matter if you run short, just grab another fabric strip and keep winding where you left off until the entire pencil is covered. Trim any excess fraying with nail scissors or leave the frayed edge for an extra shabby look. Easy peasy, took 10 minutes and now I have nice looking pencils. Have a wonderful love filled weekend everyone. Talk next week. Simone xx

37 comments:

  1. Clever you - who'd have thought boring pencils could look so fabulous! Leigh

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  2. I get the point! Seriously, great way to add some style and whimsy to the desktop.

    Cheers,

    Marjorie

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  3. Hi Simone, great idea, love the fabric, reminds me of the fabric of the little smocks you have in the window of your shop which are soo cute. How is the redecorating going on the back verandah, will we be able to have peek soon? Every time I see cute floral fabrics I think ooh that would be nice for Simones deck redecorating, cheers Katherine

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  4. Wow they look lovely. Will surely try this one, thanks for sharing!

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  5. So cute!! (but can I be a real pain and ask what you do when you need to sharpen the pencil? Or are these just for show??)
    Just love those great little vintage cloths, I have quite a few that are too stained to sell, should start using them creatively too.
    Irene x

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  6. Very Cute and I love that fabric. Have a great weekend. x Julie

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  7. ooo and they make such nice gifts too - by the way I'm about to post an entry that gives you an award! Hope that is okay! xxx

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  8. You rascal. I would go mad trying to cover pencils I think! Yes they do look gorgeous. I could only do this to plain pencils however as I love the look of coloured pencils. I have jars of them around. Yes, even in old vegemite jars! xx

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  9. What a cute idea. This will be fun to do with my daughter, and it also puts all my old scraps to good use. Happy weekend.

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  10. Love this! So simple but so pretty and would make good presents!

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  11. Those are adorable! I think they are almost too cute to use...I'd just leave them out as a display.

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  12. ANYTHING that lets me admire vintage tablecloth bits is fabulous, in my book!

    m ^..^

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  13. So fun! It's the little things, right.

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  14. Cute. I'm thinking about some white and off-white clothes that I just threw in a bag to take to the Goodwill. They had lots of texture and monochromatic pattern. I think they would be great for a project like this, thanks for the idea. Sorry Goodwill, better luck next time.

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  15. Those are beautiful and a great idea for back-to-school. Thanks!

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  16. as someone who decorates tin cans for pencil cups, i am loving this idea! very cute.

    xo

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  17. I may have to do this. But then Carpenter Robert seems to take my pencils outside a lot. And I might find dirt or sawdust on my pretty pencils. Well, have to hide them I suppose!
    Brenda

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  18. So pretty for a desk...I am always looking for desktop pencils that match my colour scheme...thanks so so much!

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  19. Darling such beautiful colors and great idea, nice writing!! Luv, have yourself a fabulous weekend!!

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess ♥♥♥

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  20. Your blog is so very pretty....happy to find it. I adore anything (well, just about anything) vintage.
    xojanis

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  21. Too cute, it is nice to add a bit of flavour and colour to those useful things in our life. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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  22. Wow, they look fantastic!! That technique would look great on coat hangers too I think!!

    Very Cute!!

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  23. How clever - what a fun way to bring colour into your life.

    I love the pretty colours on your blog - really refreshing.

    Best wishes

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  24. hola! today l discover your blog...and l like it very very much!!!beautifull projects and full of joy!!!hasta pronto!!

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  25. What a super smart idea! I have so many Tablecloth scraps~ my daughters will LOVE this project. Thanks :)

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  26. Another beautiful project!
    Thanks for sharing, Simone! Love it!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  27. What a great DIY project! Thanks
    xoxo

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