15 Uses: Inked Out Pens & Broken Pencils

This week is another everyday item which we all have but never recycle because there isn’t the facilities. I am the very guilty party of the ‘pen doesn’t work so put it back in the pot not in the bin’. This most annoying habit i find is actually shared by almost everyone i know in Britain. Whether at home or work we continually knowingly put back inked out pens and blunt, small, broken pencils ….maybe our brain is saying we can’t recycle them so we need to keep them to upcycle…well it’s a nice thought. So here is 15 ways to finally get rid of those broken, old and inked out pens and pencils.

5 Arty uses

1. I’ve seen alot of these melted crayon art pieces and my favourites have got to be the rainbow coloured ones. Great for using up those little broken bits of crayon and all you need is a blank canvas, a black marker for detail and a hair dryer.

2. Create tiny pieces of art on the end of a pencil, a lot of patience needed for this one

3. This would probable be more wasteful then useful unless you found just broken pencils, might take a long time, but if you want to why not make a life size model of yourself. Can definitely see this in a garden to scare away burglers.

4. A bit too artsy fartsy fr my tastes but you could use an old pen casing to make a vase for a single rose. Might look quite good in an office,  very modern.

5. A bit of a sparse tree in this example but change the shape a little, add decorations and you’ve got an upcycled Christmas tree ready for the festivities.

5 fun and crafty ideas

1. Use a tiny old pencil and an old washer to make a spinning sketch-a-graph and let the kids go wild and make lots of pretty patterns

2. If you’ve still got crayons left over from your melting art, melt them again in cupcake trays/mould to create new rainbow crayons for rainy days in.

3. Dried out felt tip pens have a surprising amount of ink still left in them, soak over night in half a cup of water to release the ink. You now have ink to play with whether for painting or dyeing, but if your dyeing clothes make sure to wash separately as not sure of how much they would run. Any one done this experiment before? any ideas for a fixing agent?

4. Use old pens casings to create upcycled crochet hooks,  simply glue in place, dry and away you go on a crocheting adventure.

5. Use pen lids and casing to make a colourful skipping rope. Grab some cord and thread on as many pieces as you need. Most pens have bottoms which pop off, so use a thinner pen or metal skewer to push them off if stuck, but watch  your fingers.

5 fashion and home ideas

1. Metal pen tips can add a modern touch to some homemade earrings. Earring making sets are easy to find online or in craft stores and easy to make,.

2. Cut pencils with studded backs make another quirky earring set. If you don’t want to make your own though there are many for sale on Etsy and Folksy

3. Use inked out ballpoint pens to make a cool lamp shade, great decoration for an office. Use a cheap lampshade, cut off all but a top band. Thread matching cotton through the shade, loop and knot, then hang your  ball point pens on the loops

4. Pierce a plastic bottle with lots of pen ends, tips pointing outwards, attach a hose to the bottle neck and you’ve got a home made sprinkler for the garden.

5. More cut pencil jewellery: necklaces and broaches. Really colourful and fun. Use two complementary colours for a more grown up look.

So there you go 15 uses for more rubbish around the home, definitely want to try make some of the jewellery. Any other trash you want some ideas for, just leave a note in the comments and i’ll find 15 uses for it…or at least do my best.


X xxx


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