Colored Pencil Shaving Art

It’s a miracle, I actually have a new project post for you! Hooray!

I’m a firm believer that inspiration can happen anywhere. Even while coloring with your kiddos! I just bought my daughter a new pencil sharpener and while I was sharpening her entire collection I started to notice how beautiful all of the shavings were laying together. I loved the rich wood with the pops of color. So I decided to collect all the shavings to make some Colored Pencil Shaving Art. 

Recycle Color Pencil Shavings and turn them into a fun piece of art! A project for the whole family via @tarynatddD

Not only is this a great way to recycle but it’s a piece that captures a moment in time. No matter if this piece hangs in the kid’s playroom one day or stays in my office, it will always remind of the days when I sat at my daughter’s little table and colored together.

Recycle Color Pencil Shavings and turn them into a fun piece of art! A project for the whole family


– 8X8 Canvas

– Pencil Shavings

– Glue

– Black Paint

– Pencil

Color Pencil Shaving Art 1

I always find objects around the house to use as a quick stencil, and this time I used a cookie cutter to outline my star shape.

Pencil Shavings

And I gathered up my pencil shavings…

Pencil Shaving Art 2

… and then started to glue them onto the canvas.

Pencil Shaving Art 3

Once I realized how long it was going to take do each piece individually, I eventually applied glue to the entire piece and dumped the bag on top. So much faster :)

Pencil Shaving Art 4

After I brushed off the excess, I was left with a very fun and abstract star.

Pencil Shaving Art 5

And to finish off the piece I did a quick cursive ‘create’ with black acrylic paint.

Recycle Color Pencil Shavings and turn them into a fun piece of art! A project for the whole family. via @tarynatddd

Now go save those pencil shavings and have fun making more memories with your kiddos! Happy summer :)

I’m looking forward to hanging this up in our new craft room!

Note: I originally shared this post on Tatertots and Jello.


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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