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How to make twig pencils

Twig pencils are fun, easy and cheap to make. And the expressions on your friends’ faces when you start scribbling with a stick will be writetious!




  • Ppruning clippers
  • Drill and 3⁄32-inch bit
  • Clamp
  • Scratch awl or nail
  • White glue
  • 2mm-diameter drafting lead, 2B grade (at art or office supply stores)
  • Utility knife or pocketknife
  • Adult permission or supervision

twig-1STEP 1: Find a twig. Look for one with interesting color, texture or with a forked shape. (The length of the twig, though, must be straight.) Hold the twig as you would a pencil to find the right size. Use pruning clippers to trim away unwanted parts. Check the twig for bugs (you don’t want any).


twig-2STEP 2: Clamp the twig to the edge of a workbench or piece of plywood. Be careful! Too much pressure can crush the twig.


twig-3STEP 3: Use a scratch awl or the point of a nail to make a dent at the center of the twig’s end. The dent will become the starting point for the drill bit.

STEP 4: Drill to a depth of 1 to 1 1⁄4 inches. Make sure to keep both hands on the tool!

As you drill, you may need to back out the bit to clear wood chips from the drill’s flutes (its spiral grooves). To do this, stop the drill and scrub the bit with an old toothbrush.


twig-5STEP 5: Squirt a small puddle of glue on a scrap of wood or cardboard. Roll the end of the lead in the glue, then work it back and forth in the hole to spread the adhesive.

STEP 6: Trim the lead by breaking it sideways against the twig. Let the glue dry overnight.


twig-7STEP 7: Sharpen the pencil with a sharp utility knife or pocketknife. Whittle away from your body, removing thin shavings as you work around the pencil. Use your imagination to personalize your pencil, or simply enjoy the colors and textures that nature provides.

Comments about “How to make twig pencils”

  1. wethebrickfilmers says:


  2. Wondering says:

    Does anyone know of a store that you can get the lead at?

  3. turtleboy1 says:

    NICE!! I cant wait to try this and show my freinds

  4. Coastercrazy says:

    Can’t you just take a pencil and widdle away at it to get a like effect?

  5. MOOOO says:

    I tried it, but the drill wouldn’t go in strait

  6. kk2430 says:

    I made it and when i brought to class my teacher told my to throw it away. she thaught it was a real stick

  7. bambam says:

    that is cool, i have 1 from a school feild trip and npw i can make my own!

  8. princcess girl says:

    this sounds awesome! i will have to make !

  9. G man says:

    it was a lot of fun and i added a pen to the other side and gave it to my sister and now everybody wants one

  10. nnnboy says:

    itis just a pencil :( , but a cool one :) ,it also saves $$$$

  11. roblox says:

    its sorta hard but i think i can make it

  12. eagleorbust says:

    but how do you sharpen it???

  13. eagleorbust says:

    my friends will say ”what is that?”

  14. Clint Eastwood says:

    It is totly cool

  15. Bilbo says:

    this is really cool

  16. (man) it's teribal ! says:

    its cool, but it was hard !

  17. sunny says:

    Sweet! XD Sadly i cant make it

  18. bob says:

    It’s just a pencil, it really isn’t that amazing.

  19. bald man 201 says:

    it saves some money!1

  20. aj rules says:

    those look so cool i should make one and use it at school

  21. Anonymous says:


  22. revrev763 says:

    I personally like using a twig and berries more.

  23. gamer says:

    it loks cool :-)

  24. indy fan says:


  25. roy says:

    awsome roy

  26. Samonerd says:

    Very uniqe and unusual… And very cool!!! I’ll make one now!

  27. gtg says:

    awesom!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen: :) ;) :( :cat: :cry: >:)

  28. X says:

    I think a homade pencil is great!

  29. lane says:

    i am very exided about boy’s souts i am going to do it

  30. cool12 says:

    thi was kind of cool and boring

  31. tigerrag says:

    amsome i might make one!!!

  32. get up and go says:

    Digg it!

  33. money bags says:

    this thing ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. doctorwhofan101 says:

    im gonna try this soon! yay boy’s life.

  35. turbo says:


  36. the me-person says:

    This looks sweet. I’m gonna try it when I can

  37. fluteplaya13 says:

    That is ahhhmazing. My friends at school ‘ll flip!! :)

  38. Chuckles says:

    I think that’s cool, even if I can’t make it.

  39. TUYOIUY says:

    COOL i’m gonna try that.

  40. Zsaverman says:

    That’s pretty awesome!

  41. Surprised says:

    I want to make that!!!

  42. BLGirl says:

    I think that is cool. I’m going to tell my mom (she is a boy scout den leader) that. I think she would like doing that in boy scouts.

  43. moneyman says:

    Now I don’t need to by pencil !

  44. coolleb says:

    I can’t wait to show this to my den leader!

  45. monice says:

    i like it

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