So what's a mama to do when she has a few colored feathers left over from a project? Make Quill Pencils, of course!
I had this simple little project on my brain for weeks now and I don't know why it took me so long to get around to it. It took all of about ten minutes (actually two sittings of five minutes each; I had to wait for glue to dry). In fact, it seem that all of my crafty projects lately are of the ten-minute variety. I'm big on instant gratification crafting lately. And dreaming up bright ideas that are the perfect combination of form, function, and fun. This one definitely fits that description. Plus, it makes me smile!
Here's the basic how-to:
First, I glued feathers to the tops of small colored pencils. Then I went and did something else while the glue dried.
When I came back, I put some more glue around the top of the pencil and wrapped some embroidery floss around the spot where I had attached the feather. Done. Easy-Peasy.
And why, you ask, do we need colorful Quill Pencils? Let's just say, change is good. Novelty is very exciting for kids. It spices things up. I put these in the Writer's Workshop and sparked Jack's interest by saying, "Hey, check out the new pencils in your Writer's Workshop!"
And guess who was still writing an hour later?
(I was tickled pink!)