Pencil Toppers

Transform your stationery collection with a set of striking pencil toppers – they’ll be the envy of the classroom!

Skill Level

Advanced

Time to Make

1 hour (including baking time)

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Choose either the cupcake or the dinosaur shape to start with then, using the template provided, place shrink plastic sheet on top of the template so that the motif is in the middle of the sheet, with the rough side of the plastic face-up.
  2. Trace the template onto the shrink plastic with pen, then remove the template from underneath. Colour using acrylic paint pens, using the picture as a guide.
  3. Once you’re happy with the colours - if you go wrong you can use a wipe to clean off the colour and start again - cut the shape out with scissors or a craft knife, taking particular care around any intricate nooks or corners as the plastic can split.
  4. Bake in the oven according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The next bit is a little tricky and will require an adult’s assistance or supervision. The pencil topper will now have shrunk down and be lying flat on your baking tray or container. In order to get the topper to curl, you’ll need to act fast while the plastic is still warm and malleable.
  5. Put on some heat-proof gloves and grab the pencil your topper will sit on. Next, take the flat topper from the tray and curl it around the pencil, at the top, where you want it to sit. Leave to cool on the pencil. Don’t worry if this doesn’t go to plan the first time, there’s a definite knack to it. If your topper is too cool to curl, or doesn’t fully curl around the pencil, slide it off and pop it back into the oven. Heating it again will flatten it out and soften it up so you can have another go.

Top Tip

You can create your own designs but make sure you make the base of the topper (the bit that curls around the pencil) the same size as the base on the templates provided to ensure they fit.

Template

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