Thursday, September 20, 2012

* Re-Cycled Colored Pencils Trivet

The September school supply sales bring all kinds of new goodies to our house. 
New markers, full glue bottles, colored pencils, and pretty pink erasers. 
Sometimes, those sales also bring less-desirable school supplies.
You know what I'm talking about, those colored pencils that were so cheap
it turns out they were cheap for a reason....they don't work!

I know I'm not the only mom and teacher to end up with the wrong school supplies.
Can't take them back to the store, 
especially when they are given to you by well-meaning people.
I'm also not going to give my kids art supplies that don't work.
There is nothing more frustrating than glue sticks that don't stick,
colored pencils that don't color or blend well, 
and paper that is so thin it tears while you're drawing on it. 

(Shameful colored pencils from the brand that must not be named,
I call them Voldemort pencils.)

I recently found myself on the receiving end of a few 
packages of some colored pencils from a brand I will not publicly shame here.
But, I will say that I NEVER buy their products for my own kids
and I NEVER bought them for my classroom because they don't work.
A good teacher friend of mine ended up with some surplus
containers of this brand-I-will-not-name of colored pencils so they were gifted to me 
to make something useful and beautiful with.
She knew I wasn't going to just throw them in a landfill. 

That's how today's project came about. 
I decided to make them into a trivet for my dinner table.
I started by lining up the pencils and taping them together with some masking tape.
Then, I trimmed a piece of felt with pinking shears 
and glue-gunned it to the "pencil mat"
I used a generous amount of glue to really secure the pencils to the felt. 

That's how I made my super easy, super colorful 
fun new trivet. I looks adorable on my kitchen table
with my vintage pyrex and makes me happy every night at dinner!

Happy Re-Cycle Crafting!
I still have some colored pencils leftover, 
I see a rainbow picture frame in my future! 

Pink and Green Mama MaryLea


Kristin Dudish said...

I love this idea (and I think it's very funny that you call them "Voldemort pencils" - I totally hear ya)!


Sheri said...

Funny! My oldest is just now in kindergarten, but I remember that brand from when I was little as never working well - crayons, markers, and pencils. Funny little story - I was recently school shopping with a friend whose kids are in 7th, 4th, and kindergarten. I guess she has been buying the Voldemort brand all these years and her oldest finally told her, "Hey mom, you know that that brand never works." She had no idea all this time. I had a good laugh at her - I mean with her! It is definitely worth paying a few more cents for the good quality brand, which I will not name, but we all know what it is ;)

Beach Mama said...

What is a good brand of colored pencils? The last I bought were Koh-i-noor solid colored pencils and they broke too easily. I am looking for a really good set for my son for Christmas.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Beach Mama,

My kids like Crayola colored pencils and we also use Faber Castell. I like Caran D'Ache as my "fancy" pencils.


HawaiianLibrarian said...

Amazing transformation of useless pencils into a colorful useful trivet. Maybe these are the pencils that folks turn into jewelry. I like your upcycle. Mahalo for sharing.

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