Friday, April 17, 2015

PICKING UP STICKS, MAKING TWIG PENCILS...AHHH, RECYCLING AT ITS BEST!

I'm not normally a recycling sort of person. Well, I shouldn't really say that. I do recycle, just not in the normal ways of separating the cans from the plastics and so on. My recycling is a little different than sorting things into bins to send to the recycling plant in order to save the environment. I recycle by turning junk into useful stuff. Trash into treasure!  Yeah, that's what I do...or at least that's what I tell myself anyway...hehehe.

In an effort to clean up the yard lately I have been picking up a ton of sticks.  The trees in our yard shed horribly over the winter. Yours too? Now normally we rake all that sort of rubbish into piles and burn it but this year I decided to recycle a little of it. You ask, how in the world do you recycle sticks?

The answer...you make TWIG PENCILS out of them!

Why?, because they are just so darn cute and rustic and cool...and...Why not?...It's a super easy, free project that even the kids will enjoy doing. You might even get them out in the yard to help you pick up all those sticks...just sayin'!










Cute right?

Here's what you will need if you want to try making some for yourself...


























If you are even somewhat of a DIYer you most likely already have all of this around the house.












Here's what to do:


  • Cut your twigs into 6" long pieces. The straighter your twigs, the better.
  • Drill a hole into one end of  each twig using your 3/32 inch drill bit
  • Extract lead from old spent pencils you have lying around the house (this may take a little bit of effort). You will need a 1-2 inch piece of lead for each twig pencil you make.
  • Dip one end of the lead in wood glue and insert it into the end of your twig. Break off excess lead and wipe off excess glue. Let dry.




Oh, and don't forget to sharpen your new pencil with a whittling knife so you can get to writin' with it.


THAT'S IT! Easy peasy!

Now that's recycling at its best!!!

Perhaps if you are going to be doing any yard work over the weekend you can incorporate this fun little project into your plans.

No matter what you do, have a fantastic weekend.  Ciao,







Sharing at these fabulous blogs:

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1 comment:

  1. These are cool Shelia! My boys want to make some. Thanx for sharing at THT!

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