Bug Craft: How to Recycle Old Pencils into Beautiful Bugs
Recycle your old stumpy pencils (and paperclips) into cool creepy crawlies. Use them to decorate your fruit bowl… yuk, or prank the kids!
It’s quite a fiddly craft, better suited to grown-ups rather than kids, you’ll find fun illustrated instructions below. First, meet the bugs:
No.1 Emperor moth caterpillar
Latin name: Saturnia pavonia
Previous life: Staedtler Noris 2B pencil
No.2 Common wasp
Latin name: Vespula Vulgaris
Previous life: W H SMith HB pencil
No.3 Common house fly
Latin name: Musca domestica
Previous life: Berol Mirado HB pencil
Latin name: Ocypus olens
Previous life: Derwent Watercolour pencil
How to turn your old pencils into fun bugs
I’ve included a detailed tutorial on how to make your own bugs below.
It’s worth pointing out, that sawing and sanding pencils is quite a messy business (the pencil lead gets everywhere) - if that’s going to ‘bug’ you, try using wooden dowel instead, you can buy it at any hardware store.
Do your own thing
There’s a lot more creep crawlies you could make using this technique - but I’d love to see a spider, I think that would complete the set!