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How to make twig pencils

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven't used before.

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!



  • Huntsman Boy Scout Swiss Army Knife or utility knife
  • Pruning clippers or Huntsman Boy Scout Knife’s woodsaw
  • Drill and 3/32-inch bit
  • Clamp
  • Scratch awl, nail or Huntsman Boy Scout Knife’s awl
  • White glue
  • 2mm-diameter drafting lead, 2B grade (at art or office supply stores)
  • 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 or your Huntsman Boy Scout Knife’s woodsaw 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, the point of a nail or your Huntsman Boy Scout Knife’s awl 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 your Huntsman Boy Scout Knife or a sharp utility knife. 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.

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173 Comments on How to make twig pencils

  1. its sorta hard but i think i can make it

  2. eagleorbust // January 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm // Reply

    but how do you sharpen it???

  3. eagleorbust // January 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    my friends will say ”what is that?”

  4. Clint Eastwood // January 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm // Reply

    It is totly cool

  5. this is really cool

  6. (man) it's teribal ! // December 23, 2008 at 9:43 pm // Reply

    its cool, but it was hard !

  7. Sweet! XD Sadly i cant make it

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

  9. bald man 201 // December 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm // Reply

    it saves some money!1

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

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