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Upcycling - Create a picture from sharpenings

Upcycling - Create a picture from sharpenings

Lots of drawing means lots of sharpenings. These are far too useful just to throw away, so why not keep them and make something great out of them? This can give children a basic understanding of environmental protection and sustainability. Plus, upcycling is cool! Your imagination knows no bounds.

Why not craft a ballerina with a skirt made of sharpenings or a peacock with long feathers? This time, we went for a horse with a colourful mane and tail. No matter what you decide to do, it will encourage an understanding of colours and shapes in a playful way.


An article by Jessica

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Step-by-step tutorial

Collect sharpenings together with your child and think about what you could design with them. You could use a template from a colouring book or draw a figure or motif yourself. Very creative people can stick on the sharpenings first, and then draw the figures or motifs around them. Colour in the motif with the Noris junior coloured pencil.

The Noris junior coloured pencil has a water-soluble lead. Now you can paint the colour with a brush and water. This distributes the colour well and creates a beautiful watercolour effect.

Once everything has dried well, it’s time for gluing. Use a glue roller or Pritt glue stick and apply a little glue to the places on your artwork where you want the sharpenings to stick.

Now pick up the sharpenings. Now you are ready to start sticking.

Make the piece even more beautiful by adding the child’s name to the artwork. The upcycling is complete. A masterpiece!

Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
Noris® junior 140 3 in 1 kids' colouring pencil - Cardboard box containing 12 coloured pencils in assorted colours and 1 sharpener 140 C12 1
Noris® 120 Graphite pencil - Single product 2H 120-4 1
STAEDTLER® 989 Synthetic brush - Blistercard containing 3 brushes: #2 round, #8 round, #8 flat 989-SBK3-3 1

Additionally required:

Glue roller or Pritt glue stick, Water, Paper, Sharpenings

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