If you’re the type that loves to make gifts for others, then say goodbye to cookies in a jar (or not, but you could give these as well!). This is a super easy, cheap and fun craft that will make a good gift to yourself or someone else! Glue the wooden button to the pencil using wood glue or a multi-purpose glue. Once you’ve glued them, allow the glue to set. In the picture below I placed them into a jar of matches, but something like a jar of rice will work even better. Once the wooden buttons are firmly glued you can begin to paint. Use a scrap piece of cardboard and only small dabs of paint. It’s important that the paint is applied gently from the top of the button downwards. Don’t paint upwards or rashly, otherwise I can almost guarantee you’re going to get some paint where you don’t want it!
To get the dots for the “toadstools” I used the end of my paintbrush. I had quite a thin paintbrush with a smooth rounded end that worked perfectly for this.
Once the dots have dried you will have some good looking toadstool pencils in your possession. If you want a shiny finish, just spray with a glossy varnish.
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This post was originally posted on an old blog of mine, and I found that two questions that kept popping up were: Qu 1. Where do you buy the pencils from? Ans: I originally got the pencils from a website in the UK which has subsequently be bought out, and now no longer stocks these pencils. But these pencils can be found online when you search for the keywords, ‘half size pencil’, ‘half length pencil’, or ‘golf pencil’. Qu 2. Where do you get the wooden buttons from? Ans: The wooden buttons can be found in a well stocked hardware store or craft store (with a wood working section). They are usually used to plug and hide drill holes. Find them here on Amazon. Any other questions, just let me know!