Craft: Polka-Dot Pens

This photo came out a little fuzzy, but I think you get the idea. This project is much easier and less time consuming than it initially appears. It's a great way to use up scraps of construction paper, keep little fingers busy, and turn ordinary pens into something special.


Approximate Time 20 - 30 minutes or less


  • construction paper scraps
  • paper punch
  • white craft glue
  • paint brush
  • tweezers
  • small drinking/shot glass


  1. Use a paper punch to make tiny circles from scraps of construction paper.
  2. Hold pen by the pointed end and place glue over the top half. Spread the glue with a paint brush.
  3. Use tweezers to grab the tiny circles, one at a time, and place them into the glue around the pen. This goes very quickly.
  4. Repeat the procedure over the bottom half of the pen so the whole pen will be covered in polka-dots.
  5. Allow the glue to dry, then brush a light coat of white glue over the entire pen to seal. Place pen, point down, into a small glass (like a shot glass) and allow the glue to dry.

By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

i LOVE it ! I wonder if you hole punched the stickum part of envelope flaps if they would stay on - that way since your going to coat it with glue anyway...

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

Love the idea, but I would be tempted to save a step by using self-adhesive dot stickers instead and just coat with a glue/water coating to "shine it up" and keep them from falling off.

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

you could use just white and pink (or red) dots and make the pen look like a candy cane!

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January 9, 20080 found this helpful

This would be a great craft for kids to do on pencils. It would keep them busy -- I'm thinking snow storm, rainy day, summer boredom, home sick, etc.


They could personalize the pencils thru colors, decorations, patterns, or just about any way they can think. Most of us have all the stuff already and it would be cheap entertainment. Thank You!

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June 29, 20090 found this helpful

The lick'em stick'em paper tape in colors would would very well for this too. You can order if from any school supply company.

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