Gettin’ Crafty – Bow Pencils

At the beginning of this season, I made each of my girls a folder with rule and practice sheets in them. I knew that the folders would end up lost or crunched up in the bottom of their backpacks, so I told them they had to bring the folders to practice. For every practice they bring their folder, they get a sticker. If they have all possible stickers at the end of the week, they get a prize.

It’s back to school season, so I wanted their first “folder prize” to be a cute school supply. I originally wanted to make pom pom pens… but making 10+ pom pom pens seemed like a big pain in the wazoo. So, I opted for bow pencils. Plus, using pencils ended up being more practical, because in elementary school students have to use pencil in class. Also, since the bow isn’t directly on top of the pen, the girls can still use the eraser. A gift that’s functional, practical, and cute! Hurray! 😀

Here’s what you’ll need:

Mechanical pencils, scissors, hot glue gun, Gorilla glue (or any super glue), and 2 rolls of 7 yard ribbon. I got a satin ribbon to wrap the pencils in, and a sheer glitter ribbon to make the bows. I was able to make 13 pencils with the 7 yard ribbon rolls. For the bows, I cut the ribbon to about 20 inches. I’m not sure how much ribbon I used to wrap the pencils (I just cut it off when I got to the end).

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Mechanical pencils, scissors, hot glue gun, Gorilla glue (or any super glue), and 2 rolls of 7 yard ribbon. I got a satin ribbon to wrap the pencils in, and a sheer glitter ribbon to make the bows.

The only tricky part is the beginning. I wanted the whole pencil wrapped, so I had to fold the ribbon in half at one end and wrap that under the eraser like this:

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After you master that, just wrap the pencil with the ribbon and hot glue it down at the bottom. When I got to the bottom, I glued, wrapped once more, and then glued again just to make sure it stays attached.

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I cut the ribbon for my bows at about 20 inches, and I got 13 bows out of the roll of ribbon. Just tie the bow around the pencil clip. I found that the best way to get a good, straight bow is to use the “loop, swoop, pull” method of tying a bow, but to do it in reverse–make the loop, and swoop underneath the loop instead of on top.

After you’ve tied the bows, dot some super glue on top of the bow’s knot to ensure that it stays tied. Also, to make sure the ends of the ribbon don’t fray, apply some clear nail polish top coat on the ribbon tips.

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That’s all there is to it! Much easier than making a ton of pom poms. I also think they look a lot cuter than the poms 😀

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How it all began

They say that those who can’t do, coach. In my case, I suppose that’s true.

My cheer career lasted a mere six years. It was brought to an abrupt end when I was sixteen by a slipping/floating patella and severe cartilage loss in my knee. When I could no longer handle the impact of jumping or flipping (even while wearing a Forest Gump worthy knee brace), I knew it was time to hang up my bow.

After giving up cheer, I had a lot of extra time on my hands, so I threw myself into coaching. I had been student demonstrating since I was in middle school, but I had never actually coached a squad. I dove into coaching headfirst, and started helping out with Pop Warner and all star squads, and I even started my own cheer group at the local YMCA.

Once I started coaching, I knew I had found my calling. I’ve now been coaching for seven years, and I’m still as excited and passionate about it as I was when I was sixteen. I enjoy coaching and I give it my all. I can’t get enough of it—which is why I now coach 15 squads.  (: