Have you ever heard of Decoden? It’s a Japanese craft in which items like cell phone cases are lavishly decorated with miniature charms, beads, cabochons, and more. The blinged-out decorations remind me of an I Spy book and you see something new every time you look. If you’re intrigued, check out the book DecoDen Bling by Taunton Press. As part of Kid’s Craft Week, I’m sharing a Decoden-Style Pencil Cube that I think has a lot of appeal for the girls out there. And maybe you, too – who doesn’t love cute little miniatures?
Where can you buy the supplies to DIY your own decoden design? Oriental Trading sells countless charms and miniatures for very reasonable prices. Sophie & Toffie specializes in Japanese style cabochons, and Rockin’ Resin carries a large assortment. Some of these supplies can be pricey, so go ahead and add to the mix with beads, buttons, and other trinkets that you already have on hand. Or, you can make your own miniatures with air-dry clay.
To make a Decoden-Style Pencil Cube, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” cube
- Silicone caulk in white (Kathleen used Dap brand)
- Scrapbook paper in glitter pink, 12” x 12”
- Decoden charms, beads, jewels, cabochons, acrylic rhinestones, etc.
- Grommets, nine, sized to fit a pencil
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; indelible maker; Philips screw driver; cake decorating tip; duct tape; butter knife or putty knife
To make a Decoden-Style Pencil Cube:
1. Using the ruler and marker, measure and mark nine holes on the center top of the foam cube. Using the point of a Phillips head screwdriver, make a hole at each mark that’s large enough for a pencil to slip in and out easily.
2. Cut four, 4” squares from glittered scrapbook paper. Glue the squares to the sides of the cube.
3. Cut off the tip of the tube of caulk. Make the hole large enough that the caulk will flow freely. Slip the cake decorating tip over the caulk tube tip, and tightly tape it in place with duct tape.
4. Squeeze caulk on top of the cube, and smooth it out with a butter knife or putty knife, and try to keep the holes clear. Push grommets through the caulk and into the holes at the top of the cube.
5. Pipe a decorative edge along the corners and top of the cube.
6. Embed the charms, beads, etc. in the caulk. If needed, use glue, too. As you add the decorations, be sure to leave the holes uncovered.
7. Optional: Attach flat-back beads to each side of the cube using a thick, white craft glue.
For more decoden inspiraiton, check out the book DecoDen Bling. What do you think of decoden style? Is it too much of a good thing, or lots of fun? We are fans of Japanese Kawaii style here, and I find decoden to be appealing, too.