Earlier this week I posted how I made a desk for my AG dolls. Now we need some stuff to go with it! I showed you all the little mirror that looks like a laptop that I bought and some of the little composition books I bought. The one thing I really wanted was a pencil or two. I saw where a lot of people had made them from toothpicks and while they were cute, I’m a real stickler about scale. The toothpick sized ones are really more suitable for a Barbie doll, so what could I make ones out of that would work for 18 inch dolls? Hmmmmmmm…then all of a sudden I remembered some bamboo skewers I’d bought a few years ago to make kebobs on the grill with. I dug around in my stuff and found them-perfect!
First thing I did was cut down the bamboo sticks to the size I wanted them. I did this by scoring them with scissors and then breaking them off. Kids-get help from a grown up for this part!!! Then I used a finger nail file to smooth out the rough spots on them. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the scraps but I held on to them just in case and it was a good thing I did–you will see what I used them for soon.
Now I needed to make it look like lead at the tip, hmmmm…I didn’t want to have to buy a whole bottle of black paint just for this and I didn’t have any. All of a sudden it dawned on me-I had a black inkpad in my rubber stamping supplies! I simply stuck the tip in the pad and turned it a bit so I was sure it took up enough ink the whole way around. Worked like a charm!
Next I wanted to add a green stripe just below the eraser. I originally tried doing this with green paper and super sticky tape, but it didn’t work out too well. I had problems with the paper crinkling and not wanting to stay on. I even tried gluing it but no luck. I was about to give up when I happened to be in Joann’s, while poking around the dollar bargain section, I came across this:
Kit looks like she is getting excited about school starting!
About the only thing I would do differently if I were to make these again is to make them just a little bit shorter. My husband said that he will be really impressed when I can figure out how to get “Ticonderoga” on the side of them!