DIY Washi Tape Pencils

By Jenny Batt, Hank + Hunt

A quick swash of washi tape can take ho-hum pencils to wow. I love working in pencil, especially in my planning calendar. Pretty pencils are hard to find, but with this tutorial, you can make a variety of pencils to match your style, just grab some fun washi tape. 

washi tape – available in Minted’s Party General Store

Step 1: Trim a straight edge for the end of the tape and cut a length of tape a little longer than the pencil.
Step 2: Starting towards the eraser end of the pencil, stick on the piece of tape aligning the straight edge with the metal part of the pencil. Smooth down the length of the pencil.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 & 2 with a second piece of tape, lining up the patterns as best you can.
Step 4: Once the pencil is covered, carefully tear the end of the tape on the sharpened end of the pencil. Tear so the length is just past the painted portion of the pencil. Easier than decoupage and cuter than the ones you can find at the store. There is no need to order custom pencils for your next party, just add a piece of washi tape. Need to sharpen a decorated pencil? Peel back the end of the tape, sharpen your pencil, stick the tape back down and tear to shorten.

  1. Erica

    At first, I was wondering how you would sharpen them… peeling the tape back would do the trick for sure! Great idea! This will spice up my craft room a bit. 🙂

  2. Rach

    So simple Jenny and pretty Jenny! Love it.

  3. Such a good choice of color, these are adorable!

  4. Erica

    Love this idea! Such a fun, simple way to brighten up an office or party.

  5. Lisa Frank

    These are darling–love it! Did you have problems with the washi tape peeling back off? Perhaps it depends on the brand, but many I’ve tried do not actually stick well. I tried making my own washi-patterned lollipop sticks for cake pops, but after about an hour all the washi tape started falling off. 🙁

  6. Omg – I just decided to this as a tiny birthday happy for a friend. So much easier than I thought it would be. They are so cute! Where the heck do you come up with this stuff?? 🙂

    • Jenny @ Hank + Hunt

      YAY! I am so glad you like it xo

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  8. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt

    Hi LIsa,
    My pencils are still going strong, i used MT tape if that helps.