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Retro Craft: Crazy Hair Pencils and Valentine Printable

Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:03
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I fondly remember these crazy haired pencils from the 80s.
My friends and I could hardly get enough of them.
We made them in scouts.
We made them in camp.
We made them at birthday parties.
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Ahh…the joy of smoothing out your pencil critter’s hair, then rolling the pencil rapidly between your palms to achieve maximum crazy hair volume.  I guess times were simpler then…we didn’t have a thousand channels on TV, and handheld video games were still a decade out.
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When brainstorming a fun valentine project for my girls to make this year, the old pencil project came to mind.  I had a hunch that even the children of the digital age would have a hard time resisting their wacky charm.   
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The project was a hit at home and pencils were a smashing success in the classroom.  Of course, we couldn’t bear to part with them all. (If you don’t hear from me in a few days, someone may have to intervene and hide my crazy haired pencil).
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How to make
Crazy Hair Pencils
Cost:  Inexpensive
Time:  Less than an hour
Materials (for 16 pencil critters)
Craft Fur (1 9×12″ piece)
Scissors
16 pencils
Hot Glue Gun
Googly Eyes (16 pairs)
Optional:  Valentine printable (free HERE)
Optional:  Felt for bow ties 
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Step 1: Cut craft fur into 3″ tall strips.  To cut craft fur, measure up from the bottom by 3 inches.  Use your hand, or a hair brush, to brush the hair in the opposite direction, exposing a visible line of backing.  Cut along the backing.  Repeat with remaining fur.  Now cut into 2.5″ wide pieces.  Brushing is not necessary for vertical cuts.
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Step 2:  With backing-side facing up, run a line of hot glue along the left, bottom and right edges (see photo below).
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Step 3:  Set pencil in place along the right edge and proceed to roll from right to left.  
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Step 4:   Press edges together where they meetPress base of fur tightly around the pencil.  This will give a finished-looking edge.
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Step 5:  Glue googly eyes in place.  Create a small bow tie by cutting a small rectangle of felt.  Snip a triangle out of the top and bottom to create a bow tie shape.  Glue in place.
Step 6:  (optional) For valentines, print the valentines sheet on heavy card stock.  Cut out valentines, then use an X-ACTO knife to cut slits along the top and bottom border of the middle box.  Insert pencil.
 Go wild!
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