Craft Stick Pencil Bookmarks

Craft Stick Pencil Bookmarks by CraftsbyAmanda.comThe kids are back in school and homework is officially back in their lives. Soon they’ll be compiling science fair projects, doing book reports and practicing their musical instrument. Heading back to school is fun for kids and gets them back in touch with friends they didn’t see over the summer. Make the homework portion fun too by creating these pencil themed bookmarks to keep their place in all those school books!

Craft Stick Pencil Bookmarks from CraftsbyAmanda.comThese are easy to make for most age groups. For kids in Kindergarten and possibly first grade, you may want to round the pencil points, as parents you can be the judge of that. To round them, simply cut them more rounded and use a little sandpaper.

Craft Stick Pencil Bookmarks steps by [Full printable instructions are below] First you’ll cut and sand. Then simply paint the craft sticks yellow, paint on an eraser and the silver metal portion. Then write the child’s name, a school subject or just “No. 2″ to decorate the pencil.

CraftSmart Paint for Pencil Bookmarks - CraftsbyAmanda.comI used CraftSmart paint on this project. It’s a great paint for kids and is inexpensive. You can find it at Michaels.

Variation: A fun variation for younger children would be to create crayon bookmarks instead of pencils!

Easy Craft Stick Bookmarks -

You might also like these easy craft stick bookmarks for the younger kids, easier to make and they don’t involve any cutting or sanding. Though I could see combining these two and making colored pencils, one for each subject!

ANOTHER CRAFTY IDEA >>  Ladybug Craft: Fabric Scrap Magnets

Avengers Bookmarks - craftsbyamanda.comAnd for older kids, these Avengers Bookmarks are great too (maybe even the adults will like these, hehe).

Craft Stick Pencil Bookmarks


For each bookmark you will need:
  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Acrylic craft paint: yellow, pink, peach, silver, and black
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Fine point black permanent marker
  • Acrylic sealer
  1. Paint each craft stick with yellow paint and allow them to dry.
  2. Paint about an inch or so of one end with pink paint.
  3. Leaving about ¾ of an inch of the pink paint visible, paint a stripe of silver over the bottom of the pink.
  4. In the same fashion as the pink, paint the other end of the craft stick with peach paint. When dry, use scissors to cut the end into a point. You can skip this step if you are concerned about the pointy tip with younger children, or you can round the tip with the scissors.
  5. Paint the end of the tip black for the pencil lead.
  6. Use a black marker to write whatever you like on the bookmarks. Some suggestions include the class subject (Science, Math, etc), the child’s name or for a more generic approach you can use “No. 2” and give them as back to school gifts!
  7. When everything is dry, apply a coat of acrylic sealer to your bookmarks.
ANOTHER CRAFTY IDEA >>  Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Bracelet
Note: Each craft stick will need to be painted on both sides. Allow one side to dry before turning over and painting the other side.

Variation: A fun variation for younger children would be to create crayon bookmarks instead of pencils! Have fun!


  1. says

    What a great idea this is. Adorable, too. And kids I’m sure will love making them, especially as the new school year has just started. As soon as I saw the photos of them, they made me smile. Imagination can really run wild and free with all the ways you can decorate these – different themes, different colours, party favours (I agree with Karen), school projects. Thanks for sharing. Will pass the idea (via this blog post) to my friends who have school-age kiddies.

  2. says

    Love these Amanda! My 10 year old created pencils using sticks & thought of this on his own (thinking it was original…shh I’m not going to tell him you thought of it first) & glued them on a jar for his teacher. I was so shocked when he showed it to me…so creative. Never thought about the book marks…such a cute idea! Here is his post if you want to take a look…


  1. […] Pencils are a classic motif for back-to-school, and Amanda from Crafts by Amanda shows just how easy it is to create a pencil design with these cute craft stick bookmarks!  They're super simple to make and would be great to make in larger quantities because the project would be easy to set up assembly-line style.  Add names to them to quickly and easily create personalized gifts for an entire class!  [how to make crafts tick pencil bookmarks] […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Rate this craft: