Back-to-School Paint Sample Pencil Garland

Pick up a few paint samples and cardstock, grab your Craft Glue Dots dispenser and make pencil garland for your classroom or home. This quick and cute garland makes a cute backdrop for those cute back-to-school photos on the first day of school.  Creative Maker Robyn shows you how to make pencil garland from paint samples and Glue Dots.

Made by: Robyn Power
Time: 20-30 minutes
Level: Beginner
Size: varies

Summer seems to go by faster and faster each year. This year is no exception, and I am already thinking about Back to School. Here's a fun Back to School garland we made by making pencils from paint samples. It's super easy and so fun to make!

Here's what you need:

  • Craft Glue Dots®
  • DCWV Colored Cardstock (pink, grey, and black)
  • Paint samples
  • String or twine
  • Scissors


Here's what you do:

Cut the lighter end of the paint samples to a point. pencil-paint-chip-garland-back-to-school-step1.jpg

Cut black triangles and adhere to the point of the pencil with Craft Glue Dots. Cut a grey rectangles and a pink squares and adhere them together with Craft Glue Dots to create the eraser end of each pencil. Then use Craft Glue Dots to adhere the 'eraser' you just made to the end of the paint sample that is still square.

pencil-paint-chip-garland-back-to-school-step2.jpgPunch holes on each pencil and thread the twine or string through to hang them up as garland.pencil-paint-chip-garland-back-to-school.jpgI love that this is perfect for those Back-to-School and First Day of School pictures that we all love to take. It's also fun to hang up as the end of summer nears and helps get everyone excited to be going Back to School shopping and gearing up for school!