Productivity Pact | Day 14 | DIY Pencil Holders

It’s officially the end of week two which means I had to do something really fun for todays productive activity so I chose DIY pencil holders. This is one of those DIYs that may get a little messy especially if you are doing it with children – you have been warned!

For the pencil holders I started off by making a simple salt dough recipe. To make salt dough all you need is:

  • 1/2 Cup flour
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • Some cold water
  • Food Coloring

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Measure out the flour and salt and mix them in a bowl then slowly add small amounts of water until your dough is the consistency of play dough. This will take a lot of mixing and getting messy hands!

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Once you have done this separate the dough into equal parts depending on how many pencil holders you want to make. We made three so we split our dough into three – each a different shape so we could see which was easiest to dye.

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Then we picked a ball and one of the food colorings. For this step we used disposable plastic gloves so that we didn’t have to spend ages washing food coloring off our hands afterwards but it’s completely up to you. To start with only add a few drops of the coloring to your dough ball and just knead it in, avoid adding too much at once as it will make your dough very sticky and difficult to work with thus needing more flour. If you are happy with the colour and consistency of the dough put it to one side and work on the next, if not add another few drops of coloring and continue to knead.

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Once you have dyed all the dough leave on some cling film to air dry slightly. Whilst they are still mold-able manipulate them into the shapes you would like your finished pencil holders to be. Then take your pens or pencils and poke as many wholes as you would like (or can get!) in your dough, make sure you don’t pierce all the way through. You can also add design elements such as indents of shapes or smaller pricks. Experiment with different shapes and designs.

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Then place them in the oven at 150°C/302°F for a few hours. I can’t give you an exact time as each dough will vary depending on how much flour you used and how thick you made your holders. I left mine in for a total of about three hours but this will be far too long for some and not enough for others so keep checking.

Once they are solid carefully take them out of the oven and leave them to cool. As soon as they are cool they are ready to be used as pencil holders!

See you tomorrow for Day 15 x

 

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