With summer almost over and school just around the corner, there's nothing more motivating than adding some color and fun to basic school supplies to keep the kids' morale high!
I personally find that pretty supplies are super motivating. This is an easy way to turn some old regular pencils into special, back-to-school pencils with encouraging messages. It's a perfect (yet simple!) way to get the new school year off to a great (and colorful) start!
Now let's get started with those back-to-school pencils!
- Multi-surface acrylic craft paints (there are plenty of options on Amazon)
- Regular pencils
- Straight-end paint brush
- A super-fine Sharpie marker
Paint first coat: Using the paint brush, paint each pencil in the desired color and recline them on the top so that they dry.
Paint second coat: After 30 minutes or so, give them a second coat if necessary (I found that they needed it).
Pencil on words: Allow enough time to dry (I waited 4 hours to make sure), and then trace your inspirational words with a pencil (just so that you can fix any mistakes).
Use Sharpie: Proceed to go over with your Sharpie pen. Let the ink dry completely and you're done with your new set of colorful pencils!
Hint: some of the messages we used include "Make your mark," "Deep thoughts," and "Make today count," but you can customize yours with motivational quotes, favorite song lyrics, or why not, your kid's name.
Don't have a straight head brush at hand? Just cover the ends of your pencils with washi tape and paint over with a regular brush. Allow to dry completely before removing the washi tape to reveal a perfectly smooth edge.
If you need more help getting a good start of the school year, we have some ideas for you! Mornings start way easier with these tasty Greek Yogurt Muffins, and we swear by these meatless meatballs for packed school lunches. Finally, these easy back to school hairstyles are good for moms and daughters alike.107