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Back to School Candy Pencils

Are you all ready to send your kiddos back to school? My youngest starts High School tomorrow, while I’m absolutely not ready for him to go back or start High School, I am definitely ready to get back into a schedule. I think by the end of the Summer, we all feel that way.

All this week, I’ll be sharing some fun ideas and recipes for you to celebrate Back to School! Although my boys are all older, when I spotted these First Day of School Treats last year, I wished I still had little ones to make them for.

Fast forward to this year, and when I went looking around for inspiration for Back to School Week, the Candy Pencils were popping up everywhere. Although, I quickly found that not one blogger had shared a tutorial on exactly how to make them. And I knew, my wonderful readers would love them. So here they are…Back to School Candy Pencils

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After tweaking a few things, we figured out how to put them together. The only problem we had was finding a roll of Rolo candy, so we just bought a bag of individually wrapped Rolos and taped them together. We found everything at Walmart, including the scrapbook paper, it comes in large package for only $5.

Let’s get started…

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Back to School Candy Pencil Supplies

  • Rolo Candy
  • Hershey Chocolate Kisses
  • Yellow scrapbook paper
  • Pink scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter {optional, but it’s really handy}
  • Black and Blue Marker
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Adhesive – we used tape, Elmer’s Extreme Glue Stick, Tape Runner
  • Scissors
  • Tags – string, paper and erasers {available in the school section at Walmart}

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First step is to make some tags, you can certainly make them with scrapbook paper, stickers or whatever you like. Here is how I made these…

  1. Start on PicMonkey, it’s a photo editing site. Click on the large photo in the middle of the page.
  2. Click on the 5th icon down {left side of page} it says Overlays, then click on Geometric shapes, and use the square to put an overlay on that photo. Now you can change to whatever color you like. To save the overlay, click on the 2nd from the right icon, to merge them together.
  3. Now you will need to create a square with the signature in the middle. On the left side you will find different shapes and fonts, just play around until you find something you like.
  4. After you have your tag design done, click on the basic edit icon, the top one on the left side, then crop the tag and re-size it.
  5. To make several on one page to print, save the tag. Then start the process all over again by adding an overlay to a photo. Then upload the tag and add it to the solid color photo.

Is that clear as mud? Thought so…if you have questions, just leave me a comment, I’m happy to help.

  1. After the tags are printed, I added some little erasers that I found at Walmart in the school supply section. The whole bag was only $.88 cents.
  2. Then for the string, thread a large needle with string or twine and run the needle through the tag

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Now it’s time to get the candy ready. If you can find a roll of Rolo candy, that will work. But we just taped together 7 individually wrapped Rolos.

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Time to cut the paper and foil

  1. Cut a piece of yellow scrapbook paper – 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches…Note – if you are using individual wrapped Rolos, we found that we needed to cut about 1/8 inch off the end to make it fit better
  2. Cut a piece of pink scrapbook paper – 3 1/2 x 1/2 inch
  3. Cut a piece of aluminum foil – 3 1/2 x 1 inch
  4. Using a tape runner or other adhesive, add the pink paper to the yellow

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Foil strip

  1. Fold the foil into thirds, making it about 3/8 inch wide {it doesn’t have to be exact}
  2. Tape it down onto the yellow paper

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Next, with a Sharpie {or other marker}, write your First Day of School greeting in the middle of the yellow paper. Then using a black marker, add the tip to the chocolate kiss, making it look like a pencil. This is optional, but makes the pencil look more authentic, in my opinion.

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Run a line of glue, we used Elmer’s Extreme Glue, on the back of the yellow paper, and roll it up. Depending on the weight of your paper, you may need to hold it together for several minutes until the glue adheres.

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Next is the eraser…cut a 1 inch square from the pink scrapbook paper, attach with tape runner then trim around the edges. We found it was easiest to do it this way to get the most coverage on the end.

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Then add the Chocolate Kiss in for the Pencil tip with a little adhesive

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Time to tie your tag on

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Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation and product for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.

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Comments

  1. Amy says:

    These are so cute, Liz! I love them!
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  2. These are adorable. I am a grandmother and my grandson is in highschool so I won’t be making these for him but I do gift packaging for some marketing girls and I think one of these tied on to a tag for an August gift would be darling. Thank you for the very clear tutorial! Visting from Skip To My Lou!

  3. Lana says:

    Such a great idea. I will feature it on my site and pin board.

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