Monday, September 5, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Candy Pencils

I saw these candy pencils on the Thrifty and Thriving blog and decided to try something similar for my Janelle's 3 new pre-K teachers.  Yes, I am still homeschooling my other children, and after this year, she will also return to being homeschooled, but we felt it was in her best interest to attend this pre-K program so we enrolled her.  Now, back to the tutorial.

These pencils make cute teacher gifts, but I also think they are just as cute for students.  In the original design, the other blogger used card stock and rolls of Rolos candy.  Unfortunately, the procrastinator that I am, I did not give myself enough time to go shopping for supplies and use what I had on hand or could buy at Wegman's.  This means I used construction paper and rolls of Mentos.  The other option I had was to buy a bag of individually wrapped Rolos and stack them together, but honestly, I did not feel like doing that, so I used the Mentos.  Plus, the fruit Mentos have a shiny pink wrapper that I used in place of the pink cardstock, to serve as the eraser.  So here is how I did it: 

1 roll of Mentos fruit candy
1 Hershey kiss (I used caramel filled because I wanted the tips to look like wood, but I think almond would have looked better)
1 sheet of yellow construction paper
a small strip of foil
1 glue dot
clear tape
black marker

1) I peeled off a small amount of the out wrapper of the Mentos in order to have more of the pink wrapper showing.  However, when I looked at the finished pencils, the eraser I like the best is the one with just a little pink showing anyway (the one for Miss Frenchesca).  So this step is optional.
2) Use a glue dot to stick the Hershey kiss on the opposite end of the roll of candy.

3) Measure your piece of construction paper to wrap around your pencil, ensuring that it wrap around the part where the Hershey kiss meets the Mentos, as this is the widest part of the pencil.  Also, you want to be sure to measue the paper long enough to cover where the Hershey kiss meets the Mentos, but not too long.  My lest favorite pencil tip is the one where I covered most of the Hershey kiss (the one for Miss Frenchesca)  Use regular scissors to cut the long side and pinking shears, or other zig-zag style scissors to cut the short side.  If you do not have zig-zag style scissors, regular ones are fine.
4) Write the recipient's name or your message in the middle of the paper with the marker.
5) Carefully and evenly, wrap the paper around your pencil and secure with tape running the length of the paper.  I started at the pencil tip and ran most of the way up to the top.  I left a small amount untaped at the top though because when you tape the foil on in a minute, that tape will cover the missed parts.
This is where you can really see the difference in using Rolos versus Mentos.  Rolos are slightly wider and therefore a better size match for the Hershey Kiss.  In order to have tapering pencils, I had to make them the same girth from tip to end, thus making my "eraser" look small.
6) Take a small piece of aluminum foil and fold the ends under or use scissors to trim off the serrated edge.  Wrap around the eraser end of the pencil, covering where the paper and the eraser meet. 

You are now finished and can present your gifts.  These did not come out quite as nice as I had hoped, but maybe I will continue to work on them for future gifts for the kids.  If I can figure out how to make them look better, I will be sure to update this post.


  1. oH! I added your blog to my sidebar! Looking forward to spending September with you celebrating family again this year! Thanks for putting my button on your blog!

  2. These turned out cute. I love how you added the teachers names. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Very cute (as a former teacher, I would have enjoyed receiving this - either the rolos or the mentos) - YUM!!

    p.s. clicked on your link from TFGs :)

  4. Too cute! I love the thought put into this!

  5. adorable! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday and so nice to "meet" you!