Happy Valentine’s Day, fuckers!
[This project is from The Big-Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano.]
What you need to make this thing:
- 30-some pencils, preferably colored (see below)
- can from soup or evaporated milk, or the equivalent
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
- magic marker that will show up on your can
- straight edge
- 1/4 inch wide ribbon
- newspaper to put under glue gun
This project is supposed to be made with colored pencils, but the book says you need 32 for the project and in the dollar store I noticed that the glitter non-colored pencils came in packages of 12 and the colored pencils came in packages of 10, so I would have had to buy four packages of colored pencils as opposed to three of graphite pencils. As a result, my vase is more glittery than colorful.
You’re also supposed to use a recycled-type can for this, but with none readily available I grabbed this tiny cannister I hadn’t gotten around to turning into a candle.
First use your straight edge to mark a straight line on your can. You should probably do a bunch of these, but I didn’t bother.
Turn on/plug in the hot glue gun, and while it’s warming up lay out your pencils in the order you want them to go on the can. The fewer colors you have, the more important this is.
Once the glue is warmed up, run a line of glue next to the line on the can and stick a pencil in it. My very first one went on crooked, so I took it off and tried again.
Then you just keep adding more pencils—and you should really check how straight they are once in a while.
My pencils had a tendency to tilt. Not much, mind—just enough for this to happen:
If I was more conscientious I would have ripped it apart and fixed it—but I’m not, and I’m almost out of glue sticks, so my vase has a definite back.
You’re going to want to rip off all the fucking hot glue strings before you move to the next step. Unless you’re going for a spider theme, of course.
If you used sharpened colored pencils you’d put the points at the bottom and wrap them in the ribbon—I put the erasers at the bottom and wrapped them in the ribbon. You use the hot glue gun for this part too. SOMEhow I didn’t burn my fingers.
You’re supposed to put flowers in your vase, but since it’s the middle of goddamn winter, here it is with some of my longer-handled paintbrushes.
time: about an hour
cost: $5.62 US, more if you don’t have a hot glue gun or ribbon on hand
injuries: miraculously, none
So you can buy this thing here..
Note: Book said you need 32 pencils, but I used 34.. and if the alignment had been better I probably would have needed 35. So there’s that.