Shark Week, that annual celebration and exploration of everything shark, starts June 26th on the Discovery Channel. If you know a Shark Week fan, then do not miss this Shark Pencil Holder. I wouldn’t want to meet a shark in the ocean, but on a desktop, this pencil holder is pretty fun! Sometimes, it’s hard to find crafts for boys, so hang on to this one – they will love it! (And I’m sharing a little news about me and The Pioneer Woman, too!)
To make a Shark Pencil Holder, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” egg
- Acrylic craft paint in gray
- Foam craft sheets in gray, red and white
- Wiggle eyes, ½”, two
- Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; large Phillips screwdriver
*Note: Always supervise kids when crafting, and especially when cutting with the plastic knife.
To make a Shark Pencil Holder:
1. Using a plastic knife, make an angled cut toward the wide end so that the egg sits on an angle, with the narrow end tilting up. (Carefully supervise the kids as they cut the foam shapes in half with a plastic knife.)
2. Cut a pie-shaped wedge out of the narrow end to form the open mouth. Refer to the photo for placement.
3. Center and cut a 3½”- long slit toward the back of the head. You’ll insert the fin into the slit in Step 9.
4. Make holes to hold pencils using a Phillips screwdriver. Push the screwdriver straight down into the thick part of the shark head and gently rotate to enlarge the hole so that it will easily hold a pencil.
5. Paint the shark head gray; do not paint inside the mouth. Let paint dry.
6. Place a sheet of red craft foam inside the mouth, resting on the bottom jaw. Trace around the outside edge of the mouth. Cut out this piece, ⅛” inside the pencil line. Glue the foam inside the mouth.
7. Repeat Step 6 for the top of the shark’s mouth.
8. Cut out triangle teeth from the white foam sheet. Glue the teeth in the mouth along the edge of the red foamie.
9. Cut out a fin from gray craft foam and glue into the slit in the shark head.
10. Glue on ½” wiggly eyes.
11. Optional: Trace around the bottom of the shark on the sheet of gray craft foam. Cut out and glue to the bottom of the shark.
Do you follow Shark Week? Or do you know someone who does?
Or, maybe you’re a fan of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond? I know I’m a big fan and I’ve followed her for years. In fact, when we made our Cupcake Bouquet, I made sure we used one of her pretty bowls for the base.
Several years ago, I waited in line for hours at a book signing for a chance to meet Ree, and she was delightful. One reason that the wait was so long that day is that Ree took the time to talk to everyone who brought in a book for signing, and she graciously posed for photos, too.
And here’s where I’m going with this. This week, Woman’s World magazine published the Patriotic Lollipop Bouquet I made and shared last year. I was pretty excited to have the project in the magazine, and then I received an advance copy. Whoa! Me and Ree in the same magazine? Made my day! The issue should be on newsstands right now.
Are you a fan of The Pioneer Woman? Or Shark Week?
P.S. I was just thinking this morning that I started the week with a Snow Angel, and ended it with Shark Week! Variety is the spice of life, and that’s what makes writing this blog so fun! The crafts and ideas are endless!